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.
Board of Directors
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.
New Dawn Theater
3087 Main St.
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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:
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.
Jay Croft, Property Manager:
Jay started acting in 2004 with the encouragement of friends. Since then, He has been involved in
nearly 30 productions both on and off stage. His preference is on stage. Jay is always willing to help
out whenever he can for a production. So he was thrilled when asked to be a part of the New Dawn
Theater Company board. He would like to help the theater grow in the community as a great place for
performing arts. Jay is married to Tammy, a very supportive wife, and their family consists of cats...
lots of cats.
Steve Werner, Marketing Director:
Steve was born in the dust bowl of SW Oklahoma and raised by two wonderful parents in his
hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. He developed a love for theatre participating in both high school and
college productions but never ventured back on stage until he happened upon New Dawn Theater two
years ago. Steve brought his mother and son to see a production and instantly became a fan and
supporter of New Dawn’s version of community theatre. Steve recently performed in ‘The Caine Mutiny
Court-Martial’ and ‘M*A*S*H’ productions at New Dawn and wants to see his son on stage with him
one day soon. Steve’s 30 years of business background has been in contracts and financial
management for software startups as well as the Federal contracting arena. He passionately believes
that, among other things, the arts are what separate us from the lower species and, if we don’t
financially support arts in the local community, we will do a great disservice to our children and legacy.
Debbie Bush, New Dawn Kids Director:
Debbie, born and raised in Virginia, is a retired educator of 33 years. She began her stage
performances at the age of 4 when she took dance lessons continuing through high school. Debbie
was also the drum major of her high school band, so music has been a big part of her life. She plays
handbells at Duluth United Methodist Church. A graduate of Virginia Tech (where she was captain of
the Girls’ Drill Team of the Highty-Tighties – The Regimental Band of Virginia Tech) with a BA in
Elementary Education, Georgia State University with an MEd in Early Childhood Education, gifted
endorsement, and Educational Administration, and Brenau University with an EdS in Middle Grades
Math and Science, Debbie has spent most of her adult life working with children from kindergarten
through sixth grades- either as a teacher or as an administer. She started a Drama/Puppetry Club at
Chattahoochee Elementary where she spent her last 13 years in education. Now Debbie is the
director of the New Dawn Kids theater group. She is extremely excited to be combining both her love of
children and the theater to produce quality performances for New Dawn. Debbie has been in many
productions at New Dawn starting with “It’s A Wonderful Life” and most recently “Night at the Wax
Museum.” Debbie still volunteers at her former school and at the GMC- Duluth hospital. As a new
member of the board, I am thrilled to be a part of a fantastic theater company.