Volunteer & Artist of the Month

We wouldn’t be able to thrive without our dedicated Arts Center teachers and students or our amazing volunteers. Each month, we spotlight different ones to show the rest of the world how much they really mean to the FOA!

September Volunteers: Saniah Mitchell and Ian Buchanan
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This month we are featuring Saniah for her hard work and dedication to growing as a performer. She loves being on the stage and taking classes at the FOA. She began ballet at age 5 and has participated in numerous ballet productions, including this year’s Nutcracker! When she heard this season’s line-up, she knew she also wanted to audition for Akeelah and the Bee to give acting a try! She has enjoyed the experience as a whole and appreciates the opportunity to play the role of Georgia. Great job, Saniah!

123_1Ian Buchanan is a 35 year old native of Jonesboro, AR. He currently is in hospitality management. He is a 2001 graduate of Brinkley High School where he served as president and student director of the school’s drama society. While there he directed Little Shop of Horrors, Harvey, & Annie to name a few. After graduation he came to Arkansas State University where he majored in Communications. Currently he serves on the ministerial staff of Fullness of Joy. Where he has served for 17 plus years. His love for the theater has allowed him to be involved in the drama ministry there as well. His firm belief is that God gives gifts and talents and the ability to perform and entertain and it is his goal to give it to the world.

September Artists: Amanda Fahlberg and Damon Wright

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Damon Wright.jpgYou can look but you won’t find two harder workers than these two! They’ve poured their all in the upcoming Hunchback production. Damon has spent countless hours cutting rehearsal tracks and teaching music to cast members, while Amanda quickly went from chorus member to director after a change of plans. She stepped up like a champ and, together, they’ve been leading this all star cast through what is sure to be a phenomenal show!