NSYPF 2024 Directors

JEFF ADLER is co-founder of Horizon Theatre Company. He has been a partner in creating Horizon Theatre’s artistic programming since 1984. He has directed more than 30 plays for Horizon including critically acclaimed and popular productions of Every Brilliant Thing, Sex with Strangers by Laura Eason, The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarias, Superior Donuts by Tracey Letts, The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons, The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, Madame Melville by Richard Nelson, The Lonesome West by Martin McDonough, Racing Demon by David Hare, All in the Timing and Mere Mortals by David Ives, and The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite by Quincy Long. From 1995-2010, he led the Horizon Theatre Senior Ensemble, an outreach program that trained seniors in acting and playwriting and toured plays by and about seniors to locations throughout metro-Atlanta. He is in his seventh year serving as the drama teacher for The New School, a small, independent intown high school. In addition to his artistic duties, he also directs Horizon Theatre’s technical and production staff and manages the facility. He studied at the Goodman School of Drama and holds a BA in Theatre from Roosevelt University.

JUSTIN ANDERSON is the COO and Co-Founder of Welcome Home Atlanta, a real estate team powered by Keller Williams First Atlanta, committed to helping people write the next best chapter of their story through real estate here in Georgia and around the world. He previously served as the Associate Artistic Director for Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, Georgia for 8 years, directing award-winning productions there and around the Southeast and Europe while also cultivating new playwrights and training years of apprentice companies. He also is a current adjunct faculty member at Kennesaw State University, directing productions in their Theatre and Performance Studies department as well as teaching courses in acting, directing, and musical theatre. He holds a MA in Theatre Studies from Regent University and a BA in Theatre Arts from Campbell University. To intersect your story with his, please visit www.welcomehomeatlanta.com or find him on Instagram: @iamjustinanderson or Facebook: justinthestoryteller.

MARGUERITE HANNAH started her adventures in theatre and the arts nearly 30 years ago first as an actor then arts administrator and now director and mentor. She has served on Horizon’s leadership team for the past sixteen years, first as Horizon’s Business Manager and the director of the Apprentice Company and now as Associate Artistic Producer. She has been a professional actress and a member of Actors’ Equity Association for more than 30 years working on both local and national stages, including productions at Horizon. In addition to her work at Horizon, she has worked in arts administration positions with the first National Black Arts Festival in 1988 and ART Station, a multi-disciplined art center. Ms. Hannah was a member of the 2011 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta and a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University in Public Relations and Journalism.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for two national organizations, the National New Play Network (NNPN) and the National Alliance for Musical Theatres (NAMT), and is past Board Treasurer of the Little 5 Points Center for Arts & Community. She was a member of Arts Leader of Metro Atlanta Class of 2011 and is a proud alumnus of Howard University. She has also been a Georgia Council for the Arts Grant Review Panelist; a Georgia High School Musical Theatre Shuler Awards Adjudicator; and a KCACTF Irene Ryan Judge & Festival Respondent.

ERIC J. LITTLE has worked as an actor and director with Theatrical Outfit, Actor’s Express, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, and others. Some of his Film/TV work as an actor includes Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Necessary Roughness, The Clubhouse, The Know Better Effect, Hamlet’s Ghost, Lottery Ticket, Christmas Deja’Vu, Stalker, Bandit, the lead in two short films Perfect Day and A Beautiful Death. Eric is a tenure-track professor/Theater Coordinator at Clark Atlanta University where he also directs. Eric has written and performed his one man play, Beautiful Feet, directed by Thomas W. Jones II, at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival and at The Good Acting Studio. Follow him on IG: iamejlittle and Facebook: Eric J. Little.