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. Fo r the last 19 years, Sherry has been consistently involved in the theater. From
working with another group, and then to formin g 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,
“M*A*S*H”, “Caine Mutiny Court Martial”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and The Three
Musketeers”. She has also directed the last several Christmas productions (“Candle in the Window”, “It’
s a Wonderful Life”, “A Christmas Story” and “Miracle on 34th Street”). Sherry also added playwright to
her resume, “A Not So Silent Night”, which New Dawn produced in Christmas 2012. She is a founding
member of the New Dawn Theater Company and currently serves as its President / Artistic Director.
When Sherry is not doing theater she enjoys spending time with her loving husband Paul of 31 years,
and 3 beautiful
Board of Directors
Sponsors
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 Company
Sherry Ingbritsen
(678) 887-5015

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Theater Location:   

New Dawn Theater
3650-A Satellite Blvd
Duluth GA, 30096
  

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Alice Foden, Hospitality Manager:
involved with performing arts most of her life. She was in Brass bands and in plays/musicals
throughout high school & college. She has been associated with The Salvation Army Gwinnett
Conservatory for Performing Arts for several years, where she is now the Principal. Alice was the
Children’s Music/Creative Movement, Drama and Praise Team Director for 10 years at
Gracepointe Nazarene Church. She has also worked with sound, lights, costumes, props and
backstage. Alice came to New Dawn through her daughter’s involvement with the theater. She
has realized how much fun it is to work backstage and in other areas of theater. She is excited to
be serving as a Board member for New Dawn Theater
George Peters – Technical Consultant
George is the son of George and Setsuko Peters and has an older brother named Jeff.  Born in
Okinawa Japan, his family move to Florida while George was still an infant where he lived for a few
years until eventually moving to Georgia.  George studied Computer Science at Georgia State University
and has spent most of his career as a Software Engineer developing software since the early days of
Windows 3.1.  He spent many years developing software for the banking industry but now works for
Varec, Inc. working on software that helps oil companies, defense organizations, airlines and airline
service providers track and manage their petroleum stock inventories.  George has been happily
married to Beth Peters, a former board member with a long history in performing arts and clogging, for
almost 18 years.  George and Beth have 5 amazing kids, Katie (25), Kari (23), Kali (21), Abby (16) and
Alex (George) (14).  George spent 8+ as a soccer coach for Georgia FC's recreational soccer program
while Kali played starting at U6 up until U19.  George got involved in theater in a technical and
backstage capacity when their son Alex started acting with New Dawn Theater at the age of 8.  He hasn't
been able to get away since then.  Thanks Paul.
Michelle Saarela, Marketing Director:
Michelle is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the New Dawn Board.  She has loved theater
since she started taking acting classes while in elementary school back in Virginia and continued
following her passion for acting through high school and college.  After graduating from college and
moving to Atlanta, she focused on her career in the business world.  But soon discovered a love for
Community Theater and was active at Polk Street Players in Marietta for several years.  She also
serves on the Duluth Fine Arts League Board. Then she met Bruce Saarela, now husband of 10 years,
took a break from acting right after getting married, but while living in Duluth, Michelle & Bruce
discovered New Dawn Theater and have been involved for the last 5-6 years – on and off stage with
New Dawn.  Her first choice is to be on stage but is looking forward to sharing her excitement about
New Dawn Theater with the community and encouraging everyone to support live theater!!    
Ian VanSice, Website Coordinator:
Ian first became involved in theater in college and enjoyed it so much he graduated with a major in
theater from Mercer University in Macon, GA. After several years absent from the stage he found New
Dawn in its new location mostly by chance one Sunday afternoon. He enjoys all aspects of the theatrical
arts and can be found onstage, backstage, in the booth and everywhere in between. His first production
with New Dawn was as Dominic Martini in “It's a Wonderful Life” (2015) and was last onstage as Philip
Birch in “Murder in Transit” (2016). Beyond acting credits, his scenic design has been featured in
several recent shows. He is a Project Manager for Georgia Expo Manufacturing Corporation in
Suwanee, Georgia and his hobbies include photography, web and graphic design, and playing a variety
of board games. A native Georgian, he was born in Savannah, studied in Macon, and has lived in Duluth
for the last six years with his wife, Lauren, and their Pug, Annabelle. He is thrilled to serve on the Board
of Directors at New Dawn and looks forward to continue supporting the arts in our community.
Lorn Burkhammer, Property Master:
Lorn grew up in Jackson’s Mill, WV. A proud hillbilly and                   American. Lorn earned a college degree
while pursuing his interest in music, video, and acting. Lorn grew up in Jackson’s Mill, WV. A proud hillbilly
and American. Lorn earned a college degree while pursuing his interest in music, video, and acting. Lorn
has been featured on many underground mixtapes over the years as an underground artist and performed
the soundtrack music for the movie “Shadow Hunters” directed by John Johnson. Not only an actor, Lorn
has lent his talents as a model for Atlanta Cutlery & Museum Replicas modeling period costumes for print
and internet advertising. Lorn is passionate about music and was the DJ for WNRN 91.9 in Charlottesville,
VA where he hosted the Friday and Saturday night slots, entertaining UVA college and community.
Dedicated to the craft, Lorn is happy to be a part of New Dawn Theater’s Board of Directors.
Darci Rose Wells, PR Liaison:
Darci's love of theater started at a young age, when she received a VHS of Cats which she watched and
memorized religiously. From there, her passion grew from living room performances to church choir and
theater. Through middle and high school she was in many performing arts education programs, and
acted in community and professional theater in the Atlanta area. After taking a break from theater to pursue
higher education, Darci rediscovered theater in 2015 as a summer teaching assistant. That winter, she
landed her first role in three years as Violet in New Dawn's Christmas production of “It's a Wonderful Life”.
Since then she has been active in working on and off the stage. When outside of the theater, she is a lover
and performer of music, a proud dog mama, and works for Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Darci is honored
to have the opportunity to be part of the New Dawn Theater family. She hopes her position on the board
will impact actors and patron’s theater experience to be the very best it can be!