MAAE is excited to announce Chris Roebuck, education director at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, and Susie Johnson, executive director of the Meridian Symphony as new board members for 2015-16.

Chris Roebuck has been the education director at New Stage Theatre for 8 years. Before that he worked with the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi with their RAT Pack program. He’s an actor and director working frequently on the main stage at New Stage as well as with Fondren Theatre Workshop. He also works with Mississippi College as an adjunct professor. New Stage Theatre’s education program is designed to introduce  Mississippians to live theatre of substance and imagination. Through their touring programs New Stage has been working in schools across Mississippi for more than 20 years. Chris has been working with residency programs and arts education since graduating from Mississippi College and will be a great addition to the MAAE board with his expertise and experience across the state. He has created numerous workshops and classes to serve the students in the schools all across the state. His experience and knowledge of schools will be an asset to the MAAE board.

Susie Johnson has been active in the arts in Meridian for 26 years, as a certified home-school teacher, education coordinator, curriculum consultant, education director and executive director. Her work with Stage 2 youth theatre has inspired a long-lasting love for the arts in the lives of the local community. She also tutors and coordinates private lessons in strings for local students, among many other volunteer activities. Susie works full-time as the Executive Director and Education Director for the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, where she shares the vision of the symphony and speaks into the lives of children everyday. Susie’s mind, body, and soul are engaged in making every child she meets and the ones she hasn’t yet met the best they can be in their chosen arts field.