We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanya Caldwell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tanya, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea for my Not for Profit Business cam out of my creation of the Drama ministry at my church. While I have a degree in Communication arts and Theatre from Georgia Southern University, I was not able to utilize my talents in the field and still support my family. The Ministry began to take wings after about 5 years so after some serious discussion with the small group of Volunteers in our drama group we decided to Incorporate and become a 501 3 C Not for profit Community theatre called Lionheart Theatre Company. We have now been in for 20 years and are located in Downtown Historic Norcross GA.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since Lionheart’s beginning in 2000, the theatre has worked towards the goal of providing the community with a place to perform in local productions. We invite people of all ages and backgrounds to use our theatre as their creative outlet. Our volunteers and participants are what make Lionheart unique and fun, which is why we encourage people with all levels of experience to join us. We hold auditions for a variety of different productions. From musical theatre and comedy to children’s theatre and intense dramas, there’s something for everyone. Our low ticket prices and Free homemade desserts at Intermission, make coming to Lionheart for a show a fun and affordable event for the whole family. In addition to our theatre productions, Lionheart offers classes and camps all year round. There are summer and holiday camps for children of all ages. Kids can learn all about improv, clowning, musical theatre, production and more when they sign up for camp. We also have craft, filmmaking and photography classes for adults and children not interested in being on the stage. Our Mission The mission at Lionheart Theatre Company is a simple one — to enrich, entertain and educate the community through visual and performance arts. In order to do this, we make Lionheart accessible to the entire population and encourage both experienced and novice participants. Our Vision At Lionheart, we aim to nurture the vibrant arts community of Norcross, encourage artistic excellence and inspire creative thinking. With this vision in mind, we hope to build lasting bonds, make memories and transform lives.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When friends visit I like to show them the local flavor so I take them to Downtown Historic Norcross for Dinner, shopping and a show. I also like to show them Stone Mountain and if time allows a day trip to Helen Georgia for tubing.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Lionheart Theatre Company would not exist without the dedication of those folks in the beginning at Norcross Presbyterian Church that are still with me today, Bill Brown, Jill Swenson, Bob Peterson. Since we have had a permanent home for the last 10 years new folks have shown on the scene whom without we could not go on. Nancy Caldwell ( Box office manager), Sean Casey (Director of Children’s Camps), Tanya Moore( Co Technical Director) and Brandi Kilgore( Marketing) and Marla Krohn( Director of Theatre education) and Gary White( Co- Technical Director).

Website: lionhearttheatre.org
Facebook: Lionheart theatre

Image Credits
Photos by Nancy Caldwell

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