ABOUT

Once COVID-19 reached all parts of the globe, the art of live theatre, in all of its aspects, went dark. Like most others in the various forms of arts and entertainment who have been affected by this pandemic, we long to return to our normal lives. Actors, musicians, production people are all determined to find new and creative ways to find innovative and imaginative outlets for their craft. We live in an extraordinary time where advancements in technology such as ZOOM® and Facetime® allow us to make art with each other; create, rehearse, and perform.

Our new and creative theatre group endeavors to take advantage of the technologies readily available and develop a process where we can keep theatre and music alive not only for ourselves, but for our audiences worldwide. In this vain, we continue to strive to satiate, to some degree, a missing need.

All of us at TENACIOUS THEATRICS are hopeful for an end to this pandemic so that we can create and perform for live audiences once again.

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Leonard is an Honors graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Performing Arts. He spent several years in New York working in several different artistic fields such as acting in Off-Broadway shows, directing National Tours, and performing as a gig-musician all across the city. Once COVID-19 hit the globe, it forced Leonard out of New York and back into the hospitable arms of the South. The devastating news of so many artists losing their jobs and creative outlets set Leonard on a mission to Keep Art Alive. With all of the skills and theatrical knowledge gained from school and his ‘real-world’ applications, he founded Tenacious Theatrics in the fall of 2020 and strives to produce high quality shows with an enriching experience for his actors, crew, and audiences.

Leonard W. Rose

Artistic Director

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Claire Brady

Claire graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Production Design, later going on to work in NYC as an Artisan, Designer, and Shopper for a number of Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and other reputable production companies such as Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, BAM, and The Drama League. She now lives in Atlanta with Leonard and their dog, Zoe, and is so grateful to have a hand in Tenacious Theatrics during such an uncertain time for creatives.

 

Working in artistic, collaborative environments centered around creative problem solving is where she thrives, which makes her excel at her job as the Artistic Supervisor.

Artistic Supervisor

Mackenzie Surbey

Mackenzie lives in New York City working part-time for a non-profit theater in the Lower East Side. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Retail and Fashion Merchandising. However, she was originally a Dance Major with a focus in Performance at Point Park University in Pittsburgh before transferring to the Dance Department at the University of South Carolina. Mackenzie became mentally and physically exhausted after 21 years of being a dancer, so she switched majors her Junior year, not realizing at the time that this was a mistake. She moved to New York City after graduating college, and worked in the Corporate Retail world; a world she did not enjoy. Needing creativity, and a purpose to move her body, she started volunteering at Theater for the New City in the Spring of 2019 to find a new direction in life. Eventually, Mackenzie was asked to work part-time for TNC. She was also a Teaching Assistant for an After-School Theater Program, Assistant Director, Stage Manager, and Choreographer for off-off-Broadway productions within the first year of switching careers, while also working in the Development and Marketing office at TNC. Then, COVID-19 hit NYC, and it hit hard. Anything creative felt like it was thrown out the window and stomped on. So, when Mackenzie was asked to be a part of Tenacious Theatrics Rocky Horror Online Cabaret as the Production Manager/Choreographer, with the mission to Keep Art Alive, she knew she could not say no. Mackenzie has had the opportunity to work on a few virtual performances, but nothing to the same caliber as Tenacious Theatrics. This has been an extremely rewarding experience for Mackenzie, and she will continue to fight for people to have the opportunity to create. Thank you to Tenacious Theatrics, and team for bringing her into this fight to Keep Art Alive.  

Production Manager

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