Aaron Shackelford comes to Georgia Tech from the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was director of programming. There, he curated multi-disciplinary performing arts series and oversaw programs with an emphasis on both academic integration and community engagement. In the decade prior, he had a long-term presence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the director of engagement and as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Carolina Performing Arts. Shackelford holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in English & Comparative Literature.
Hailing all the way from Brooklyn, NY, Nathalie Matychak brings a decade of experience in the performing arts field to her new role at Georgia Tech Arts. Most recently, she was the Booking Associate for the Southern region at Pentacle, an arts management non-profit organization, where she represented a diverse roster of dance and theater companies. She has also created her own dance works for the stage and screen since 2010, and co-founded an emerging female choreographers project in 2013. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Ben Dostal has spent the last 15 years in event management and production for programs ranging in size from 15 to 65,000. Coming to Georgia Tech Arts most recently from On Location Experiences, where he was responsible for creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for sports fans, he is excited to bring his skillset to Georgia Tech to create unforgettable arts encounters for patrons. Ben holds a BS in Education from Florida State University.
“KJ” has over a decade of experience as a dance performer, choreographer and arts educator. Kara earned her BA in Dance Education & Minor in African American Studies from UNC-Greensboro, as well as her MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance. From television and global stages to local communities and classrooms; Kara has a passion to help cultivate the arts for young professionals and students of all ages.
Dorcas Ford Jones has more than 30 years of experience as an Administrative Professional. While at Emory University for 25 years, she was the Program Administrative Assistant for the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University where she majored in African American Studies and Arts. Dorcas' passion for the arts can be seen in her creativity in providing assistance during events around the Ferst Center. Dorcas is a native of Chicago, Illinois.
Holley Mitchell has over 25 years of experience in box office and customer service management at theaters, museums, and concert venues in the Atlanta area. Holley has overseen box office and database operations at the Ferst Center for the Arts since 2016.
Andrea Mullen comes to Georgia Tech after living in Los Angeles for 5 years acting and working in restaurants and libraries. She was previously a House Manager at Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. She is glad to be back working around people again! Andrea is a native of Greenville, SC and holds a B.A. in Drama from Catholic University of America and a Masters in Library Science from Pratt Institute.
Meredith Haynie is an Atlanta native who received her BA in Dance from the University of
Alabama and is currently working towards her certification in Business Management from
Emory University and her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University. She comes to us
with ten years of professional experience as a teacher and dancer in the Atlanta community
having worked with companies such as The Georgia Ballet, Atlanta Dance Festival, and
Komansé Dance Theater.
Paul Cottongim has over 32 years of experience in technical theater production, including working at most of the theaters in the Atlanta area. Paul has overseen technical operations at the Ferst Center for the Arts since 2007.
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. He also works occasionally at 7 Stages Theatre. He graduated from Georgia Perimeter College in 2014 with an Associate Degree in Theatre.
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.
Avary Don has 7 years professional stage management experience working in theatres, cruise ships and schools. Prior to coming to Tech she split her time between sailing with Princess Cruises within their Entertainment Production department and working freelance in the Boston theatre scene. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College.