Cobb Energy Performing Arts Foundation

Shuler Hensley Awards
Creative & Production Team


2014 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards Creative Team

LEIGH ANN SHAW CANNADY (Cast Music Director) has an extensive background in professional, community, and educational music and theatre. An Atlanta native, Leigh Ann owns the Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts, Forsyth County’s premier educational facility for performing arts training. Additionally, Leigh Ann works as an accompanist, arranger, musical director and vocal coach. Theater credits include: Chicago, The Wizard of Oz, The Secret Garden, Grease, Big River, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma!, Nunsense, Anything Goes and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Leigh Ann also owns Pie In The Sky Productions, a theatrical production company, which is currently in rehearsals for Oklahoma!, running in the summer of 2014. She holds a degree in music education from Shorter College and is a certified K-12 music specialist as well as having completed post-graduate work in sound engineering through the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. Passionate about local educational theater, Leigh Ann is thrilled to return for her third year of work on the Shulers.

MARK CARVER (Lighting Designer) is an experienced lighting designer, fully versed with today’s very complex and technical lighting systems.  Upon his B. A. degree completion in Mass Communications with emphasis in TV production and lighting design, he began working at the recently launched cable channel TNN: The Nashville Network.  He was a staff lighting director at TNN for 16 years, working on many show formats, including entertainment, music, comedy, cooking and game shows. Throughout his wide and diverse career, Mark has been mentored and worked with some of the industry’s finest lighting designers and directors, on some of the best and biggest shows in the country, handling many pressures with skill and expertise.  Past show credits include Lighting Director for the 2001 Academy Awards Red Carpet Pre-show; 2002 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Salt Lake City, Utah; the 2004 Summer Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies; 2006 Lighting Director for Super Bowl XL host show, ABC Sports Networks; Lighting Designer, 2005-2012 Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards show; Lighting Director, 2007 Democratic and Republican Presidential Candidate Debates, Des Moines, Iowa, ABC News Networks; Lighting Director, Good Morning America’s Coverage of the Inauguration of President Barak Obama, 2009; Lighting Director, Good Morning America from the Oscars 2005-2012; Lighting Director, CMA Music Fest 2008-2012; Lighting Designer, Trumpet Awards 2009-2013 and Lighting Designer, Stellar Awards 2004-2013.

JESSICA COALE (Production Manager) is a full-time team member on stage at the John A. Williams Theatre.  She has a long history of production work in the Atlanta area as a Lighting Designer, Scenic Designer and Production Coordinator.  Jessica would like to congratulate all of the 2014 Shuler Schools.

BETH DOLGNER (Script Writer) is a professional writer and editor. Her involvement in theatre dates back to high school, when she was a dancer and choreographer for productions at her high school and local community theatre. After volunteering as an Assistant Stage Manager for the 2010 Shuler Hensley Awards, Beth joined the creative team as the show’s scriptwriter. Outside of theatre, Beth works extensively in the sports car racing and motorcycle industries. Beth has six published books, the non-fiction Georgia Spirits and Specters and Everyday Voodoo, as well as five novels with paranormal themes. She and her husband Ed live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their five cats. Beth is online at

MICHAEL FAUSS (Music Director/Arranger/Conductor) Credits include: BROADWAY: Quilters, Peter Pan, & Heartstrings; EUROPE: Casper, Spiderman, The Mask, The Dream Machine (4 original musicals in England), Die Schone und das Biest (Germany, Austria & Switzerland), & concert tour of Italy with Capitol City Opera Company; TOURS: Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby National Tour), Heartstrings (1st National Tour), Pacific Overtures, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, & Promises, Promises; ALLIANCE THEATRE: Jacques Brel (Suzi Bass Award for Best Musical Direction 2008), A Christmas Carol, Tick, Tick . . . Boom!, Pacific Overtures, Leap, Chess, The Grapes of Wrath, Little Me, The Robber Bridegroom, Oliver, Music Man, Guys and Dolls, The King and I, Brigadoon, Cotton Patch Gospel, Falsettos, A Little Night Music, Candide, Peter Pan, Annie Get Your Gun, Forever Plaid, Once On This Island, Woodie Guthrie: An American Song, The Boys From Syracuse, Hot Mikado, Up on the Roof, Carnival, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cabaret, A History of the American Film, I Do! I Do!, She Loves Me, & Three Penny Opera; REGIONAL: Pacific Overtures (Independent Reviewers of New England Award for Best Musical Direction 2004), Little Me, Cotton Patch Gospel, Oh, Coward!, Sweet 'n' Hot in Harlem, Quilters, Trumpets and Drums, Falsettos, Reefer Madness, Urinetown, Naked Boys Singing, Musical of Musicals, The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises, Heartstrings, Peter Pan, Grease, & Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; LYRIC THEATRE: The Music Man, A Funny Thing Happened . . . Forum, Smokey Joe's Café, Jerry Herman's Girls, Man of La Mancha, Secret Garden, Jekyll and Hyde, Evita, & Summer Cabaret Series. EDUCATION: B.A. in Music and Theater, Denison University, Granville, OH; M.M. in Music Composition, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.


MEG GILLENTINE (Choreographer) is thrilled to be choreographing the GHSMTA - Shuler Hensley Awards for the second year in a row, what an honor. She just finished a run of Mother Courage and Her Children with Kathleen Turner playing the role of Yvette at Arena Stage in Washington DC. Last Fall she made her City Center Encore debut in A Bed and A Chair a New York Love Affair with Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis. Her Broadway credits include Cats (Cassandra), Fosse & The Frogs starring Nathan Lane. She can also be seen on the PBS broadcast of Fosse performingSteam Heat, Nowadays, and Big Spender with Ann Reinking. Other credits include the First National Tour of Fosse and the Los Angeles company of The Producers starring Jason Alexander and Martin Short. Regional Credits: Lola in Damn Yankees and Tintinabula in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum both with Reprise Theatre Company. Diana in Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse,  Gladys in Pajama Game at Baltimore Center Stage and Ulla in The Producers at The Atlanta Lyric Theatre. She won a Helen Hayes Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal as Lola in Damn Yankees at Arena Stage and a nomination in the same category for Sally Bowles in Cabaret. She also received an Ovation nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate at Reprise Theatre in Los Angeles. Film credits include The Producers, Every Little Step, & Madea’s Witness Protection Program. TV: Sleepy Hollow.  She’s done numerous commercials and was most recently seen in
the Scana campaign called Affiars of the Flame as Margaret. She is a graduate of New York University with a BFA in Acting. She has taught master classes and choreographed all over the country, something that completely enriches her soul. Just this year she was a part of the Arts Bridge master class series. Last year she was honored at the 1st Annual Leaders and Legends Ball her in Cobb County. Her most treasured roles are Mom to Cooper Jack and Wife to Jay. Her next engagement will be Bull Durham at The Alliance Theatre! @meggillentine

TOM KEY (Voice of the Shulers) has served as Executive Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit since 1995.  He has performed at the Lambs Theater off-Broadway, the John F. Kennedy Center of Washington, D.C., the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Theater Center and the Alliance.  With the late singer-songwriter, Harry Chapin, he conceived and co-authored the off-Broadway musical hit, Cotton Patch Gospel.  Most recently he has adapted John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces at T.O. and starred in T.O.’s The Young Man From Atlanta.  He is dedicated to the Theatrical Art Form as a catalyst to creating community.

MARGUERITE DANIEL MANCINI (Shuler Production Manager/ASM) has been involved with theatre since she first learned to work a follow spot at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre in high school.  A graduate of Hampton University and Emory Law School, Marguerite has worked in the entertainment industry for over 14 years – thirteen of those years with Theater of the Stars.   Marguerite has worked in many areas of theatre including production management, contract negotiation, casting, administration, grant writing and stage management.  Currently Marguerite is the Grants Manager for the Atlanta Film Festival and is on the Advisory Council of the Shuler Hensley Awards.  This is Marguerite’s fifth year with the GHSMTA.

CRAIG MCMAHON (Producer) After beginning his career as a Stage Manager and Designer with the Kings Productions entertainment company, Craig made the transition to television where he won the first of his twelve Emmy Awards while earning his degree from CCM. Craig arrived to national network television via Turner Broadcasting as a Director at TBS, CNN, Turner Sports and Turner South. His off-screen projects included publication of the book: Atlanta's Miracle Mile: On Atlanta's Iconic Peachtree Street. His recent theatrical projects have included developing the Best of Television and Broadway in Concert series. As a founding partner of Trailblazing Productions with TV Celebrity Chef Marvin Woods, Craig has expanded his work to include the internet video production arena, as well as food, lifestyle and theatrical entertainment projects. He currently serves as the Director of Production for The Weather Channel. This is Craig's sixth year with the GHSMTA, and his third as the show's Producer.

JOHANNES PIKEL (Technical Director) began his adventure in entertainment working for Flat Rock Playhouse as their Audio Engineer after graduating from UNC-Asheville with a degree in Technical Theatre.  After a short stay, he joined the National and European Disney On Ice Tour as Assistant Electrician, Assistant Props and Head Carpenter.   Johannes joined CEPAC in 2007 as the Head Carpenter/Rigger and was promoted to Technical Director in 2012.


ALAN REESE (Stage Manager)