Justin Ball (Producing Artistic Director)
Justin Ball is an accomplished producer, educator, director, and theatre manager with over 20 years of leadership experience. He has produced shows and events for Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, the Writers Theatre, Penguin/Random House, and Google. For over a decade, Justin taught theatre management and directing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Most recently, Justin served as Managing Director for the Sharon Playhouse helping to transform a local community theatre into a small professional summer stock theatre featuring the industries top talent including Tony Winners Bryce Pinkham, Lindsay Mendez, Karen Ziemba and Academy Award winner Glenn Close. He moved to Atlanta in 2017 where he was a stay-at-home Dad for his now 5-year old daughter Josephine. He holds a BFA in Theatre & Dance from Trinity College and an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College.
Marisa Wallis (Marketing Manager)
Meet Marisa Wallis, the Stage Door Theater Marketing Manager. Marisa, an Atlanta native, attended Woodward Academy and studied marketing and communications at Rollins College. With a decade of experience in marketing, social media, digital advertising, branding, and a passion for the arts, she brings a unique blend of skills to her role. Marisa also has a personal connection to the arts, having attended Spruill Summer Camp as a child. Alongside her loving family and their pup named Trudy, Marisa is excited to contribute her expertise to enhance the team’s efforts and help Stage Door Theater thrive. Together with the dedicated team, she is confident in delivering exceptional experiences to audiences far and wide.
Bridget McCarthy (Interim Director of Education)
Bridget McCarthy (she/they) is a versatile artist and educator deeply embedded in the Stage Door community. With a decade-long background encompassing theater, therapy, and education, Bridget shines at the crossroads of mental health and the arts. Their transformative impact spans prestigious institutions like Shakespeare and Company, Alliance Theatre, and more. Bridget’s expertise flourishes in community applied theater, particularly with marginalized groups. Armed with degrees in theater and clinical counseling, they’re also a certified trauma specialist and mental health first aid instructor. Bridget’s influential performances, including the acclaimed solo show “Fat Juliet,” resonate both locally and nationally, solidifying their significance on and off the stage.
Lilly Baxley (Production Manager)
Lilly is a Georgia native and stage manager at heart with over ten years of experience leading productions. Lilly was the resident assistant stage manager with the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse for six years before joining Stage Door and works as a freelance artist with the Aurora. Lilly loves stage managing as well as production managing, Intimacy direction, directing, and scenic painting. Her favorite recent project was assistant stage managing Mary Poppins at the Aurora.
Ali Bhamani (Box Office Manager)
Ali has joined the team as the new Box Office Manager. His first experience with Stage Door Theatre was performing in Season 49’s production of Peter and The Starcatcher and has since felt right at home with the company. He earned his BFA in acting from Brenau University with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, and has been working as an actor in Atlanta, ranging from film and television to theatre. He looks forward to engaging with the Dunwoody community who have been supporting Stage Door Theatre for years.