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
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.
Kathryn Colegrove - Assistant Director
Kathryn Colegrove spent the past six years as the Managing Director for Nashville Children’s Theatre, the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences, where she oversaw finance, education, development, marketing, and sales. Prior to working in Nashville, Kathryn was the Business Manager for Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts from 2005 - 2010.
Thomas Ames – Operations & Programming 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.
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.
Lane Conville-Canney - Special Events and Grants Coordinator
Since moving to Atlanta in 2008, Lane has worked with arts organizations as a grant writer and grants manager, and with non-profit boards to cultivate new donors and increase board engagement through unique experiences in programming and quality stewardship of organizational support. Prior to joining the Office of the Arts, she worked as the Prospect Development Manager with the Office of University Advancement at Clayton State University.
Paul Cottongim - Operations Manager/Technical Director
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.
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.
Mary Holloway - Patron and Events Services Coordinator
Mary Holloway has over 8 years of experience as House Manager at the Ferst Center for the Arts. She has over 30 years of experience in middle management and customer service. She holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology from Alabama A. & M. University in Huntsville, Alabama, and has over 15 years of experience as a performing artist.
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.