Sherry J. Ingbritsen, President / Artistic Director:
Sherry’s love for theater began at a very early age when she was able to participate in church
Christmas Pageants and school plays. She was hooked when she was given the role of Cassandra in
a HS production of “Trojan Women”. After a long break of career and raising her family, she became
involved with theater again. For the last 13 years, Sherry has been consistently involved in the theater.
From working with another group, and then to forming New Dawn. She has been seen in roles such as
Ouiser in “Steel Magnolias”, Chick in “Crimes of the Heart”, Veta Simmons in “Harvey”, Martha Brewster
in “Arsenic and Old Lace”, and Blanche in “Streetcar Named Desire”. (Yes a definite pattern of psycho
roles). Sherry has also enjoyed directing several shows, such as “Seven Year Itch”, “A Few Good Men,
“A Little Princess”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and The Three
Musketeers”. She has also directed the last several Christmas productions (“Yes, Virginia”, “It’s a
Wonderful Life”, “A Christmas Story” and “Miracle on 34th Street”). Sherry is a founding member of the
New Dawn Theater Company and currently serves as its President / Artistic Director. This last year with
New Dawn has been very special to her, when we were able to obtain and refurbish our new theater
home in Duluth. When Sherry is not doing theater she enjoys spending time with her loving husband
Paul of 25 years, and 3 beautiful children: Ronnie, age 31, Jacob age 24, and Amanda, age 23, along
with her grandchildren: Colton age 5, Leann age 2 and Emily age 1. She wishes to thank them all for all
the years of love and support during show times, and everyday life. She hopes you will continue to
support the theater and will come and enjoy our many planned future productions.
Beth Peters, Associate Board Member:
Beth is a busy mother of five children, Katie (17), Kari (15), Kali (13), Abby (7) and Alex (6), not to
mention her foreign exchange student from Thailand, Chalie (15). She works as the Administrative
Assistant at Brookwood Elementary. Beth participates on a competitive adult dance team, a student
artist at Spruill Art Center in Dunwoody, and continues to work with community theater. Beth has
always said you are never too old to learn something new. She has made it her personal mission to
encourage her children to continue to learn, experience and thrive on their talents throughout their life.
Beth was last seen in “Steel Magnolias” as Annelle, directed by Bill Miller. Growing up in Gwinnett and
being raised in both community and professional theater, she is proud to serve as an elected board
member of New Dawn Theater Company.
Board of Directors
Tim Link, Associate Board Member:
Tim came to Atlanta in 1978 from Santa Barbara, CA and never looked back. Tim has 3 daughters:
Carrie Underwood lives in Chicago with her husband Ben; Kelsey teaches middle school for Fulton
County, and Jamie is a student at UGA. In 2005 Jamie, Tim's youngest daughter, told him at dinner,
"Dad, we open Footloose in two week, and we need a coach". The director checked Tim's pulse and
said, "Stand over there." That was the start of it. Since then, Tim has been in a dozen plays, designed
and built sets, and has even tried a little directing. Tim has found some very special friendships in
the theater community, and is fond of telling his old friends that Acting is the new Tennis.
Chuck Mason, Vice President:
Chuck got into acting strictly by accident two Christmases ago, when Sherry needed someone to play
Father Michael in “Yes, Alice there is a Santa Claus”. Shelly Howard at Red Clay did not hesitate to
call Chuck and as they say, the rest is history. Chuck has also portrayed Capt. Issac Whitaker in “A
Few Good Men”, wheelchair bound Tom Carrisford in “A Little Princess”, shared the roll of Sir Francis
in “Charley’s Aunt”, Henry Potter in “It's A Wonderful Life”, one of his favorites, Teddy Brewster in
“Arsenic and Old Lace”. This past Summer he played the Sherriff in “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” at the
Aurora at the Festival with County Seat Players, and the King of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland”, and
appeared in “The Dining Room” with County Seat Players. Chuck has also done a video for Georgia
Gwinnett College and two radio Bible shows for children. Chuck also serves on the Mayor of Duluth's
Big Mac Advisory Council.
Karyn West, Recorder
Karyn, born and raised here in Atlanta, became involved with New Dawn when her daughter was cast
in Alice In Wonderland. She became part of that backstage crew and has appeared on stage in A
Coarse Acting Show and The Three Musketeers. Karyn's first experience with acting began during
her high school years, with her church's drama group. She continued in church drama productions
until she took a break to get married and start a family. Being a wife to Randall and Mama to Hannah
& Steffan, any spare time *smile* she can find is spent enjoying photography, scrapbooking and
gardening. Karyn is honored to be part of this wonderful group of people and would like to encourage
you to join us. We are always looking for new talent and help with the productions.
Cathy Seith, Press Corp:
Cathy has been a photojournalist for over 20 years, most recently full time for the Atlanta Journal &
Constitution. She started her photography career in Denver, Co. working for UPI, shooting
pro-sports and news. She did internships with The Rocky Mountain News, The Colorado Springs
Gazette Telegraph, The Grand Rapids Press and Muskegon Chronicle in Michigan, before
working full time for the The Center Daily Times in State College, PA, then the Herald Sun in
Durham, N.C. Now she is a stay at home mom, but she does do some freelance photography.
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Theresa Kelly, Concessions Manager:
Theresa Kelly is a retired musical theater choreographer and international ballroom dance instructor.
Theresa started her dance and theatre career in the 1960s, where she trained in classical ballet, tap
and jazz with The Huntsville Ballet Company in Huntsville, Alabama, her hometown. As a child, she
was a regular on a syndicated children’s’ program, “Romper Room”, and appeared as a guest star on
“Captain Kangaroo”. From this came her interest in live theatre and she joined a local theatre company
(Community Chorus). Theresa trained with the Martha Grand Dance Company (NYC) and The Fred
Astaire Dance Studio (NYC). She also trained in voice and studied music. She has been in numerous
musicals such as, “Guys and Dolls”, “The Music Man”, “A Chorus Line”, “Anything Goes, Celebration”,
“Crazy for You” and “Plaza Suite”. Theresa made an appearance on the “Merv Griffin Show” and landed
a small role in the television series “Dallas”. She also appeared in a medical documentary for the
Vanderbilt University Medical School (Nashville, TN). She left New York and moved to Dallas, Texas
where she helped open a new Fred Astaire Dance Studio. While living in Dallas, Theresa attended
Texas Medical College. She became employed with a local hospital working as a surgical scrub nurse.
It was there where she met her husband who was completing his surgical rotation during his
residency. Moving to Atlanta to practice medicine, she got back into theatre as a dance choreographer
and began working with local theatre groups and local high schools. She has choreographed
musicals such as ” Music Man”, “Hello Dolly”, “Oklahoma”, “Sweet Charity”, and “Bye Bye Birdie”. At the
New Dawn Theatre Company, she has appeared in “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Sherlock’s Veiled
Secrets”. She is delighted to be a part of the New Dawn Family and hopes that people will continue to
support live theatre. Theresa resides in Duluth, GA with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
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John Laszlo, Public Relations:
John is retired from the public sector after providing thirty years of generally civil service. He grew up in
Pennsylvania and grew older in Georgia. He began acting three years ago with the Roswell Rambler’s
More or Less Players, a group honored by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for innovative
programs for seniors. After teaching and encouragement from Leslie Kelley of Rising Stars Productions,
he auditioned for “Our Town” at Lionheart Theatre. Though Professor Willard is not typically acted as a
comical character, Director Joanie McElroy took a chance and provided support throughout the play.
Jenny Scher of Rising Stars Productions directed him in playing him in six characters in “Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs” at Kudzu Playhouse. John learned the deeper meaning of the phrase “anything
can happen” as he picked young children from the audience to be dwarfs in the play. A highlight of each
performance was negotiation with the young volunteers to give back their dwarf hats. A willingness to
play barnyard animals led to parts in “Little Bo Peep” and the “Velveteen Rabbit” at the Red Clay Theater.
At New Dawn Theater he has appeared in “Miracle on 34th Street”, “Cheaper by the Dozen”, The
Canterville Ghost”, and “Pride and Prejudice”, all ably directed by Sherry . The friendly, supportive, yet
challenging atmosphere of New Dawn Theater contributes to the genuine enjoyment in being part of
activities here. John hopes to contribute to the Board in a way that expands the impact of the theater on
the life of the community
Lisa Cox, Costume Manager:
seamstress. She spends her time volunteering for her church and making costumes for the theater.
She got started in the theater when her son Cameron performed in The Three Musketeers". She
and her 3 kids performed in "Miracle on 34th Street" and from that she took a huge interest in the
designing of costuming. She recently designed Sir Simon's Costumes in "The Canterville Ghost"
Lisa is a busy mom of 3. Cameron 17, Jordan 14 and Hope 12. She is a stay at home mom and a
and the river and stone scene in "Arabian Nights". I hope you enjoy our theater and will come and
join us again.
Sandy Laszlo, Associate Board Member:
Sandy is a retired attorney who saw many “theatrical” performances in her former job as a legislative
counsel to members of the Georgia General Assembly. She is originally from Pennsylvania, but
moved to Georgia over 40 years ago when her husband, John, was invited by the U.S. Army to spend
some time at Fort Benning. Since retiring Sandy has been active in theatrical productions with the
Roswell Rambler’s More Or Less Players. In 2012, she and John wrote a children’s play, “Snow
White’s Birthday Surprises,” which was produced and directed by Jenny Scher and Leslie Kelley of
Rising Stars Productions and performed at New Dawn Theater. She has also written and performed
in a number of comedy routines. Sandy is looking forward to working with the other members of the
New Dawn Board and spreading the word about this terrific theater company.