M.F.A. (Stage Mangement), University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Laura, a native of Athens, Alabama, received her BA in Theatre with minors in Math and Music from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and her MFA in Stage Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her previous jobs include RPTA Stage Manager at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), Tour Stage Manager at Birmingham Children’s Theatre (Birmingham, AL), Production Stage Manager at The Self Family Arts Center (Hilton Head, SC), and Production Manager at The Clarence Brown Theatre (Knoxville, TN).
Currently, Laura is Director of the new Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center which opened in August, 2011. In her spare time, Laura likes to travel and fill her Tivo with tons of prime time TV.
Performing Arts Center Director
M.F.A., University of MIssouri-Kansas City
|The FMU Performing Arts
Center, an estimated 64,000 square foot facility located
in downtown Florence, has been made possible through a
partnership between FMU and the City of Florence and is
partially funded through a substantial private gift from
the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation. Its main
elements include a main auditorium with a fly tower, a
100-seat flexible Black Box space, and an Academic Wing
for the Department of Fine Arts. The exterior of the
building consists of Winnsboro granite with Georgia White
Cherokee marble insets.
Performing Arts Center Exterior
|The 9,000 square foot lobby
has a terrazzo floor, and the granite and marble from
the exterior are seen inside as well. The lobby
entrance is a curtain wall of windows with glazed onyx
strips. There is a grand staircase to your right
(with access to the Box Office behind it) and an
elevator to your left (with access to a Coat Check room
and House Management/First Aid Office behind it).
Both the elevator and the staircase give patrons with
balcony seating in the main auditorium access to the
Performing Arts Center Lobby
|The main auditorium can
accommodate 900 people (approximately 650 seats on the
orchestra level and 250 seats in the balcony and box
seating). This rendering shows a concert hall
configuration with the orchestra shell in place
onstage. For a different configuration, seating near
the stage can be removed and an orchestra pit can be
created for musicals or a ballet with an orchestra.
Acoustical panels on the wall and in the orchestra shell
as well as acoustical drapes will be used to provide the
best conditions possible for both live and recorded
sound. Both the mainstage and the Black Box will
have various musical, theatrical, and dance productions
throughout the season.
Main Auditorium - Concert Hall Configuration