The Staff of the FOA

_DSC0831.jpgKristi Pulliam, Executive/Artistic Director
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Kristi holds an M.A. in Communication/Theatre and a B.S.E. in Theatre/Speech Communication. She taught in the Paragould School District and at Arkansas State University and Crowley’s Ridge College for a total of 12 years. After teaching and directing at the FOA for eight years, Kristi joined the staff full time in 2008 as the Community Development Director, and then added to her role at The FOA, as the Artistic Director and eventually Executive Director.


JR Lawrence, Technical and Facilities Director
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J.R. has been volunteering with his family since 2011 and joined the staff in early 2018. He’s holds a degree in Radio & Television Production from Arkansas State University. With over a decade of experience in telling stories through photography, video, and design, he’s excited to share this passion with the community at the Foundation of Arts. In his spare time he enjoys working outside in the garden and tending to the family’s chickens.

Brandon Bishop, Office Manager
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Brandon is a Jonesboro native and 10 year veteran of the Foundation of Arts. Credits include Les Miserables, Titanic, Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, The Nutcracker Ballet, and Jesus Christ Superstar, just to name a few. He also has extensive competitive All Star cheer and dance training and was a UALR Trojan cheerleader from 2008-2009. When he isn’t singing, tumbling, or dancing across the stage, you can find him being assisting patrons, volunteers, and staff at the FOA.


Elea (1 of 1).jpgElea Pulliam, Interim Arts Center Manager
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Elea is a junior Dietetics major at Arkansas State University. She is no stranger to the FOA and has basically been raised here, always taking/teaching classes and participating in/directing/choreographing Forum productions. She is excited to lead the AC for the summer!


 

_DSC0816Kelly Kelley, Bookkeeper
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Kelly is a graduate of Arkansas State University where she received B.S. in Accounting. She also holds a license in I.P.A. and navigates people through the new federal and state insurance laws.


Andrew Tolson, Technical Assistant

Andrew joined the FOA staff in the fall of 2016, though he has been a faithful volunteer, both onstage and off, since early 2015. He holds a degree in theater with a minor in radio/tv. In addition to building sets and running tech with us, he is a licensed massage therapist. His many passions include singing, dancing, acting, and restoring his 1966 VW bus.


Meridith Pierce, Social Media/Website Administrator
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Meridith joined the staff in the summer of 2016, though she has been a volunteer since 2010. A former 3rd grade teacher with Nettleton Public Schools, she holds a masters in education. She now stays at home with her two children and continues to volunteer/work part time at the FOA. Aside from her love of theater, she enjoys cooking, eating, sleeping, traveling, and spending time with her family.


Jenny Box, Customer Service Associate
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Jenny, along with her husband and three daughters, has been participating in shows and classes at the FOA for several years now. She began working for us in January of 2018 and on any given day, you can find her greeting families and students with a smile either in the box office or the Arts Center.