Horizon Welcomes New Managing Director

May 3rd, 2016

Thomas Fowlkes joins the Horizon Theatre Company

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ATLANTA –After three years of searching, Horizon Theatre Company is proud to welcome Thomas Fowlkes as the new Managing Director. Thomas is an Atlanta native with a vast experience in arts administration and community building.  “He had a persistence about him that is critical to the job,” notes Co-Artistic Director Lisa Adler. “I am very confident he is the right person for the job.”  Managing Director is a critical position to the executive branch of Horizon, and the board and staff were deliberate in their search for the right candidate. “I would rather have the position open than give it to the wrong person,” Adler stated, and that mindset was evident in her evaluation of each candidate.  With Thomas joining the staff, Horizon is excited about the possibilities for 2016 and beyond.

Thomas was most recently Creative Manager at Jamestown, LP where he was a key member in the creation of the rooftop experience opening soon at Ponce City Market. Prior to joining the development initiative, he was the Director of Production for the Atlanta Ballet. This allowed this Atlanta native to reintegrate into Atlanta after a successful career in New York with Charles Cosler Theatre Design, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and Barbizon Electric Company. Before his time in New York, Thomas worked with the Tony Award-wining Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago as their Director of Production where he helped orchestrate their move into their new home on Michigan Ave. In Chicago, his lighting design won him acclaim at the Chicago After Dark Awards, but his designs have been seen in New York, Houston, and on tour across the country.  Thomas received his education from Rice University, along with specific training for Nonprofit Management from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. With a proven track record of joining an organization and bringing innovation and growth, Thomas was the natural choice for Managing Director.