Rose of Athens Theatre Staff


Danielle Bailey Miller

Danielle Bailey Miller (Artistic Director)  received her B.A. in Theatre from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA in 2007. She has participated in many theatrical ventures and has worked every job from backstage to onstage, including several years of experience at Highlands Playhouse in Highlands, NC. She has performed at the South Eastern Theatre Conference in the Fringe Festival and in the 10-Minute Play Festival and was recently invited to perform in the Georgia Presenters Showcase hosted by the Fox Theatre Institute. Danielle is a three-time Irene Ryan Award nominee, an honor presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Danielle leading a theatre workshop at South Jackson Elementary School

In addition to her duties as Artistic Director, Danielle enjoys various aspects of theatre including performing, directing, managing and teaching. She has been teaching theatre in various arenas for over ten years. Danielle is a theatre teacher with Compass Community and was the former theatre columnist for the now defunct Athens Food & Culture Magazine. Danielle looks forward to sharing this wonderful art-form with the Athens community. Click here to visit her website. “See you at the theatre!”

Audey LeeAudey Lee (Development Specialist) BFA, MSW, MNPO Audey has 20+ years theatrical experience, including work with Fullerton College Standing Room Only, Shakespeare Orange County, South Coast Repertory, The LIDA Project, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Colorado Educational Theatre, The Bug Theatre, Athens Creative Theatre, Town and Gown Players, and Rose of Athens Theatre.

Audey attended Chapman University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance in 2003. After working with various theatres in Denver, Colorado, Audey spent time traveling and later moved to Athens in 2010. Rose of Athens has been a welcoming family since arriving. In 2014 Audey completed the Master’s of Social Work program at the University of Georgia, with an endorsement in Non Profit Organizations. Some favorite roles with Rose of Athens include The Mad Hatter in the 2011 production of Alice in Wonderland and Jacques and LaBeau in As You Like it. Audey is delighted to use nonprofit experience gained from the UGA MSW program to further Rose of Athens.


Helen DeMott (Administrative Assistant) For  more than 10 years, Helen has been involved in performance both on stage as well as behind the curtain. In seventh grade she fell in love with the theatre while playing the part of Pepper in a community production of the musical Annie and has been involved in theatre ever since. In 2013, Helen earned a degree in Theatre and Production from Darton State College where she focused not only on acting and performing but studied prop and set design as well as costume creation.

Helen has worked as a Team Leader with ActUp! and Albany Junior Theatre Summer Camp mentoring students in theatre etiquette and coaching them to produce several one-act shows. Helen has also served as Youth Coordinator and Choreographer for productions at Darton State College including The Wizard of Oz and Shakespeare’s As you Like It. Helen made her Athens theatre debut as the Queen of Hearts in the 2016 Rose of Athens production of Alice in Wonderland and is excited to continue working with Rose of Athens.

Lisa Cesnik Ferguson is the founder of Rose of Athens Theatre, and she has worked on several RoA productions as a director, actress and more, since its incorporation in August 2006.

She moved to Athens, GA by way of Chicago in 2004 and has been working professionally in the theater since the age of 17.  She is grateful to have continued to do so regionally, at theaters throughout the U.S., including Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Richmond, VA, Indianapolis, Columbus, GA, and Highlands, NC.

Ferguson enjoys a continuing relationship with the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia, working there from 2004 – present.  This historic  theater was dedicated by President Jimmy Carter as the “State Theatre of Georgia.”   There, she works with visionaries Ron Anderson and Paul Pierce and teaches at Springer Theatre Academy. At the Springer Opera House she has directed and performed lead roles in over twenty productions.

Lisa Cesnik Ferguson with Rose of Athens Theatre Academy Students,<br /><br /> 2011
Lisa Cesnik Ferguson with Rose of Athens Theatre Academy Students, 2011

She has also been a college instructor since 1998, both full time and part time at University of Georgia, Columbus State University, and Piedmont College. She received her B.S. in Theatre from Ball State University in 1991 and her M.F.A. in Theatre from UGA in 2001. Some of her biggest influences? Children, Martha Jacobs, and her family – all teach kindness and communion, hard work and the joy of discovery.

OUR ACADEMY TEACHERS 2015-2016 – (training wing staff)


Lead Teachers
Helen Chancey
Jayln Flemming

Audey Lee

Teaching Assistants
Mitch Clayton
Julia Marshall
Wynelle Studdard


President: Susan Atchley             Vice President: Stacie Buremister

Secretary/Treasurer: CJ Atkins

Madeline Van Dyck   Kaye Moshtael   Stacie Burmeister   Alexi Russell  Patrick Ferguson



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