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Aurora Theatre welcomes new associate artistic director

Justin Anderson has joined Gwinnett’s Aurora Theatre as associate artistic director. (Special Photo) Justin Anderson has joined Gwinnett’s Aurora Theatre as associate artistic director. (Special Photo)

Justin Anderson has joined Gwinnett’s Aurora Theatre as associate artistic director. (Special Photo) Justin Anderson has joined Gwinnett’s Aurora Theatre as associate artistic director. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville has named a new associate artistic director.

Justin Anderson, who has directed “Tigers Be Still,” “Petite Rouge” and, most recently, “Les Misérables,” will serve in this capacity.

“As Aurora Theatre continues to grow, we need to expand the scope of our artistic possibilities,” said Anthony Rodriguez, the Aurora’s producing artistic director. “Justin is an amazingly talented theatre artist with tremendous passion. He will be responsible for maintaining artistic quality and helping to identify areas of artistic growth. Justin is that missing critical component we needed in the development of our New Musical Initiative. Expanding our staff will enhance our national profile, so that we may continue raising the bar as an arts organization.”

Based in Atlanta since 2009, Anderson has worked as a freelance professional director whose work has earned both popular and critical praise. The Aurora’s production of “Les Misérables” took home five Suzi Bass Awards, including Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical for Anderson.

“Aurora Theatre offers a level of tangible fearlessness, trust and collaboration not seen at every regional theatre here in Atlanta or even across the country,” Anderson said. “What Anthony and Ann-Carol (Pence, associate producer,) have created, along with their fantastic staff, is an organization that knows who their audience is and continuously seeks to deepen its roots in and commitment to the community it serves; it is an organization that supports and invests in growing local talent, while endeavoring to continue to partner with talent of national and international caliber.”

Anderson is currently in rehearsals for the theater’s production of “Lombardi” by Eric Simonson, which is based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered — A Life of Vince Lombardi” written by David Maraniss. The show runs Jan. 16 through Feb. 9. For more information visit www.auroratheatre.com.