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AUTHENTICITY Theater Inc

ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Authenticity Theater Inc. is the Georgia not-for-profit corporation that operates our theater and education programs.

The corporation was formed in December of 2021 and began operations in January 2022. Our organization is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors who provide guidance and oversight.

MISSION

To entertain and inspire audiences through thought-provoking productions that create awareness and reduce stigmas of real human issues

VISION

  • Be a voice in our community creating impact on key social and cultural issues
  • Contribute to other organizations who mirror our desire to make a difference
  • Help empathy and compassion grow and thrive to heal and change our society

ACTION

We select shows that have something to say. Our goal is to not only entertain our audiences, but to create thought and discussion about important topics that impact our community – socially and culturally.  You can expect shows that speak to important issues like:

  • Mental illness
  • Substance abuse
  • Divorce
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Poverty
  • Domestic Violence
  • Immigration
  • Sexual Abuse

We also seek out like-minded charitable organizations who are making an impact to address these issues.  Shows will have partner organizations so we can work together to foster awareness and change

Theater Staff

Sasha Keefer

Sasha Keefer

Executive Director | Artistic Director

 

Sasha Keefer (Friedman) has been involved in theatre and acting for over 35 years. Her love of theatre began in elementary school with her first production of “Oliver.” After studying at The North Carolina School of the Arts and doing shows in high school, Sasha went on to The University of Georgia where she received her BFA in Theatre. Sasha also studied Education after college which she turned into a great career while acting on the side.

Fast forward, after taking a break from theatre to raise her son, she is making a comeback to her passion of acting. She is currently building a career in acting in film,

Sasha founded Authenticity Theater in 2021 to build a new opportunity for performers and artists, and to use the theater experience to raise awareness of important social and cultural issues. This has been her dream for many years and it’s time to make it happen!

Scott Keefer

Scott Keefer

Managing Director | Technical Director

 

Scott Keefer began his involvement in theater at age 5, appearing as Toto in The Wizard of Oz. Many roles followed including Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kolenkov in You Can’t Take It With You, and Ken in Neil Simon’s Rumors. Many more tech credits include lighting and sound design for The Foreigner and Fiddler on the Roof.

Scott and his wife, Sasha, are the founders of Authenticity Theater Inc.  Scott oversees business operations for the theater as well as technical aspects of the productions.

Outside the theater world, Scott is an IT and Comms manager for a medical transport company, and co-founder and VP of The Gift of Music Foundation, a Georgia non-profit providing musical instruments to less-fortunate kids.

Brooke-Erin Smith

Brooke-Erin Smith

Education Programs

 

Brooke Smith (she/her) is an Atlanta-based theatre artist and educator. She was the Arts Education Director for St. Croix Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, WI for several years, during which time she spearheaded their Youth & Family Series, as well as their Art in Action summer camp program. From there, she went on to join the team of The Viola Project in Chicago, IL as their Program Director, teaching Shakespeare to girls and gender nonconforming youth across the Chicagoland area.

Since relocating to Atlanta, she has continued her work as a teaching artist, as well performing, directing, and writing! She was honored to direct Authenticity’s production of How I Learned to Drive in the Fall of 2023.

Autumn McNutt

Autumn McNutt

Costume Designer in Residence

 

Autumn McNutt is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. Along with her extensive acting training, she also studied costuming. It is there, working alongside lead designers, where she fell in love with costume design.

While still chasing her passion as an actor, Autumn has found a home at Authenticity Theater company as our lead Costume Designer. You can see her eye for design and symbolism of color in our past shows ‘How I learned to Drive,’ ‘The Whale,’ and ‘4,000 Miles.’ Autumn is so excited for what is in store for Authenticity, and cannot wait to see how we grow as artists in community!

Gabrielle Solomon

Gabrielle Solomon

Marketing Intern

 

Gabrielle “Elle” Solomon is from Columbus, Ga and a Columbus State University Graduate. She has B.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in Communication. She is thrilled to be a marketing intern here at Authenticity and excited to expand her horizons. She hopes to pursue a career doing marketing for theatres while also finding chances to continue directing.

Board of Directors

Authenticity Theater Inc. is a Georgia 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.  We are goverened by a Board of Directors who provide executive and financial oversight.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our board, contact Board President Scott Keefer,  scott@authenticitytheater.org for information.

Scott Keefer

President

Chris Monroe

Vice-President

Sanna Buisman

Secretary

Elizabeth Coats

Board Member

Sasha Keefer

Board Member

Advisory Board

In addition to our Board, we are honored to have a collective of experience theater professionals serving on our Advisory Board.  These members provide valuable insight, mentoring, and expertise in helping Authenticity Theater grow and thrive.

If you would like to be a part of our Advisory Board, contact Artistic Director Sasha Keefer, sasha@authenticitytheater.org for information.

Lainie Smith

Advisory Board

Sarah Sutherland

Advisory Board

Elizabeth Coats

Advisory Board

Robby Myles

Advisory Board

Chares Bohanan

Advisory Board

Autumn McNutt

Advisory Board

Natalie Fox

Advisory Board

James Carey

Advisory Board

Jean Alexander

Advisory Board

Mailing Address:

4556 Village Springs Pl

Dunwoody, GA 30338

MAIL ONLY - NOT A PHYSICAL ADDRESS FOR THEATER

about Us

Authenticity Theater's mission is to entertain and inspire audiences with thought-provoking productions that create awareness and reduce stigmas of real human issues.

Upcoming Shows

Authentic 10 Showcase

The Glass Menagerie