Ferst Center for the Arts / Office of the Arts
349 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332-0468
404-894-9600 Box Office
404-894-2787 Administrative Office
*For questions regarding performances at the Ferst Center for the Arts, please call the Ferst Center Box Office.
Administrative offices for the Office of the Arts are located in Suite 233 of the Charles Smithgall Student Services Building. The street address for non-Postal Service deliveries and administrative office appointments is 353 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332-0468.
Madison Cario - Director
Madison Cario comes to Georgia Tech from The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as Director of Student Engagement, Director of Special Artistic Initiatives, and Director of Operations and Facilities. Cario holds a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication, Summa Cum Laude, from Temple University.
Thomas Ames – Operations Manager
Thomas Ames comes to the Office of the Arts from the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Associate Director of Operations for the past 18 years. Before that tenure, his accomplishments include over six years as technician and lighting designer in Atlantic City casino showrooms, summer stock in Stockbridge, MA at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and having been educated at Emerson College in Boston.
Rene Baker - Patron and Event Services Assistant Coordinator
Rene served as a member of the usher staff of the theater for many years prior to becoming a part-time employee in 2017. In this role she performs house management duties in the Ferst Center.
Blake Buford - Marketing Specialist
Blake Buford manages marketing and public relations initiatives, the Clough Art Crawl, and digital communications for the Office of the Arts. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Shorter University.
Justin Camp - Production Assistant/Master Electrician
Justin Camp has eight years of experience in stage lighting. Before joining the Georgia Tech staff full-time he worked with a contractor providing stage services for the Ferst Center, and also works occasionally at 7 Stages Theatre. He graduated from Georgia Perimeter College in 2014 with an Associates Degree in Theatre.
Paul Cottongim - Production Manager
Paul Cottongim has over 32 years of experience in technical theatre production, including working at most of the theatres in the Atlanta area. Paul has overseen technical operations at the Ferst Center for the Arts since 2007.
Joe Davis - Audio Engineer
Joe Davis has 20 years of experience in audio production. Prior to joining the staff full-time, he worked on a freelance basis at the Ferst Center since 2010. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music Performance, Magna Cum Laude, and completed post-graduate training in audio engineering from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona, in 2008.
Es Famojure - Student and Artist Engagement Coordinator
Es Famojure works closely with faculty and students on arts-related projects, coordinates arts engagement events related to Arts@Tech season artists and resident artists, serves as staff coordinator for the Council for the Arts; and serves as an advisor to the Arts@Tech Ambassadors. She previously worked in the field of music artist management and also for Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts as Marketing Coordinator for the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative and Africa-Atlanta 2014. She is a graduate of Georgia State University.
Rachel Haage - Theater Events Coordinator
Rachel comes to the Office of the Arts from the Rialto Center at Georgia State University where she was an event/stage manager overseeing events with community clients, student groups, and assisting with production stage management for their season productions. Prior to that, she was a stage manager and event manager in Philadelphia.
Dorcas Jones - Administrative Assistant
Dorcas Jones received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University where she majored in African American Studies. While at Emory University, she was the Program Administrative Assistant for the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference.
Stephanie Lee - Marketing And Communications Manager
Stephanie Lee directs the Office of the Arts' marketing, public relations, and communications efforts. She worked previously at the Alliance Theatre Company as Communications Director and Youth Programs Director, and at the Center for Puppetry Arts, managing communications, membership, and touring programs. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.
Holley Mitchell - Box Office Coordinator
Holley Mitchell has worked in box office management for over 20 years, including the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Atlanta Beat women’s pro soccer team, and 11 years at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Brenda Porter - Patron and Event Services Assistant Coordinator
Brenda Porter has years of experience working in theatres. She has acted, directed, taught, managed, and been involved with various other aspects of theatre both in front of house and backstage. She has worked with Patron Services at the Ferst Center for over 10 years.
Sarah Van Buskirk - Patron and Event Services Assistant Coordinator
Sarah has a BA in English from Wesleyan College, minoring in Music with Vocal Emphasis, and a Master's degree in Teaching from Augusta University. Previously, she spent five years teaching high school English Literature. Her theatre experience includes everything from acting to running sound to ushering.
Camille Warren - Box Office Assistant
Prior to moving to Atlanta, Camille worked at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Virginia, managing patron services and ticketing services. She holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Virginia.