Elizabeth Blakemore
Owner/Artistic Director
Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Concordia University-Chicago with degrees in Theatre and Business at the age of 19. While in college she was active in her university’s music and theatre programs and the Artists of Concordia Theatre Student Managers Board. She oversaw publicity and costumes during her sophomore and junior years and was honored to chair the Board her senior year. After graduation Elizabeth toured the country for a year with Captive Free, a relational music ministry team sponsored by Youth Encounter. Since moving to Atlanta in 2006 she has taught theatre and acting classes for a number of schools including Master's Academy, Portfolio Academy, Artios Academy, Renaissance International School of Performing Arts (RISPA), the Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, and WOW Talent.  She has also assisted with casting for CYT.

She has worked as a director, music director, and technical director on a number of productions including "The Pirates of Penzance", "The Dancers", "The Music Man Jr.", "Once Upon a Mattress Jr.", "Tom Sawyer", "Little Women", "Seussical the Musical", "Bugsy Malone Jr.", "The Wizard of Oz", "Dougly the Uckling", "Moby Dick the Musical", "Schoolhouse Rock", "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", "How to Eat Like A Child", "101 Dalmatians", "The Jungle Book", and "Alice in Wonderland".  For 2 years Elizabeth served as the Artistic Director of Upper East Side Theatre Company, a youth ensemble theatre company for ages 12-20 in Gwinnett County.  

In addition to teaching and directing, Elizabeth routinely performs around Atlanta at various theatres. Past acting roles include Catherine in "Proof", Laura in "The Glass Menagerie", Betty in "The Foreigner", Mistress Page in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Dr. Vivian Bearing in "Wit" and most recently Mattie Fae in "August:Osage County" and Cora in "Desire, Desire, Desire" in a showcase at the Alliance Theatre and Mom in "Old Maple: My Everlasting Friend" for the Young Voices, New Visions Play Festival at the Alliance Theatre.  She also works as a Teaching Artist for Synchronicity Theatre's Playmaking for Girls program which serves at-risk girls in local youth detention centers and owns a private piano studio through which she teaches private lessons to 10+ students each week.  Elizabeth is married to independent singer-songwriter Kurt Scobie and they are the parents of Bella Grace Scobie and Judah Courage Scobie.  


Patrick Baxter
Teaching Artist
Patrick grew up in the Atlanta area where he played sports such as baseball and wrestling throughout high school. He had done a couple of small plays as a kid but the only one he remembers is being Fritz in his fifth grade's production of The Nutcracker. It wasn't until he took an intro to theatre class in College that he was bit by the theatre bug. He went into Kennesaw State University as a pre-vet/ pre-med major but took acting classes as electives until his sophomore year when he changed his major to Theatre and Performance Studies. He Graduated from KSU in July 2012 with a BA in Theatre with an acting concentration but also took many classes in lighting design. His most recent Theatrical credits include: Strong For Life (Tell Tale Theater), The One minute Play Festival at Actors Express, The Devil Tree as the productions technical director (The Collective Project Inc.) The Red Herring where he played the hot headed Wilhelm and doubled as the production's technical director (The Collective Project Inc.), and Dark Forest as a member of the ensemble (KSU). Patrick is also in the process of applying for Seminary School where he hopes to get his Masters of Divinity. He hopes to combine his two loves, Theatre and God, by becoming a youth pastor and continuing to teach Theatre as well as perform. In his spare time Patrick likes to spend time outdoors with his dog Harper. Thank you Forefront Arts for letting me into your theater family!


Kirstin Calvert
Teaching Artist
Kirstin is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a BA in Theatre. She came to Atlanta to join the 2011-2012 New American Shakespeare Tavern Apprentice Acting Company. Kirstin continues her relationship with the Shakespeare Tavern as an actor and a Residency Teaching Artist. She is also entering her second season as the Director of Junior Players, a young artist performance troupe at the Alliance Theatre. Kirstin has performed with the Shakespeare Tavern, Academy Theatre, Onstage Atlanta, Give Us Brains Sketch Comedy, and Out of Box Theatre in Marietta. She is honored to be joining Forefront and influencing future performers.
 


Alana Cheshire
Teaching Artist

Alana Cheshire was bit by the theatre bug at a young age through drama classes and camps, and she's thrilled to be giving that experience back as a teacher. An Atlanta native, she graduated from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music with a BS in Vocal Performance and Theatre. In Atlanta, Alana has performed professionally with The Alliance Theatre, The Atlanta Opera, Fabrefaction Theatre Company, TellTale Theatre, Next Stage Theatre Company, and Theatre on the Prowl; outside of Georgia, she has worked with Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Brown County Playhouse, and Cardinal Stage Company. When she’s not performing or teaching drama, Alana works with children’s choirs, plays the piano and the ukulele, and spends quality time with her cat, Rupert. Alana would like to thank her amazing friends and family for their support, and Forefront Arts for this wonderful opportunity!



Andrew Crigler

Teaching Artist
Andrew Crigler is an aspiring director, teaching artist, actor, movement choreographer and writer. He recently received his BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University with a minor in dance. He has taught at the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and Jitterbug Performing Arts and is thrilled to begin teaching with Forefront Arts! Andrew was recently the movement choreographer for GET's TYA show Aesop's Fables. Recent acting appearances include: A Wrinkle in Time, Confederacy of Dunces (Theatrical Outfit), The Ugly Duckling (Serenbe Playhouse), The Girl From 2a, Revolutio: Children of an Idle Brain, The Othering of Mr. Windebaggin, The Theory of Everything, (The Collective Project Inc.), and Strong4Life (Telltale Theatre). Andrew made his directing premiere with The Red Herring with The Collective Project this summer. He will also be playing the role of Owen Godwin in the Collective Project Inc.'s The Devil Tree this fall. Andrew is also a Balloon Artist, Mime, and Poet. He would like to thank Jesus Christ for his gifts, abilities, and passions. Anything good Andrew does is only because of Christ's work in his life. To Him be the glory!





Mandi Lee

Lead Teaching Artist
Mandi is a graduate of Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, and recently graduated with Departmental Honors from Webster University with her B.F.A. in Acting. She has been a part of the Atlanta theater community since age 7 when she became a founding member of The Talent Factory. Since graduating from college and returning to Atlanta, she has toured the Southeast with two One Woman Shows, performed with Onstage Atlanta, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Georgia Ensemble Theater, Pinch n Ouch Theatre,
7 Stages, and is represented by J. Pervis Talent. She has been teaching acting in various places since high school and is thrilled to be a part of the Forefront Arts family.






Antonia LaChe
Teaching Artist (currently on sabbatical; touring the country with National Players 2013-2014)
Antonia is simply known as Nia by many. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and left with a major in Theatre and Advertising with Sociology minor. Following her graduation, she became a proud member of the 2011-2012 New American Shakespeare Apprentice Company. She then followed her Apprenticeship with a Teaching Artist Internship at Atlanta Street Theatre and a Teaching Assistant internship with Synchronicity Theatre Company’s Playmaking for Girls summer program. Acting and teaching are both things that Nia has been equally passionate about for years. She has been a Teaching Artist since college and has self taught herself Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques as well as received formal residency training with both the Shakespeare Tavern and Atlanta Street. Also, she has been an actress since her youth and some of her more recent credits include performing with The Shakespeare Tavern, Georgia Ensemble, and Academy Theatre Company. She is overjoyed to be working with Forefront Arts and can’t wait to pass her love for theatre on to the next generation! Thank you Forefront!