The Staff of the FOA

_DSC0831.jpgKristi Pulliam, Executive/Artistic Director

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.

Joe Carr, Assoc. Director of Tech and Development

Joe and his family first moved to Jonesboro in 2008 and joined the FOA family as a volunteer shortly after. Before becoming a full time staff member, Joe began directing music for several of our MainStage productions. He then joined the staff as Associate Director of Tech and Development in January of 2015.

Brandon Bishop, Office Manager

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.

Kaitlyn Bass, Education Programs Manager

Kaitlyn Bass was first introduced to the world of ballet at the age of 4 and began Vaganova training at age 12. She has performed both soloist and corps de ballet roles in classics such as “The Nutcracker,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” and “Giselle.” She has trained with the Tennessee Association of Dance, Sarasota Ballet, and Bossov Ballet, as well as with numerous guest teachers from around the world. She was once given the opportunity to travel to the St. Petersburg International Dance Open in Russia, where she studied under world-renowned teachers and choreographers. After high school, Kaitlyn chose to further her dance education at the University of Memphis. There she participated in faculty and student showcases as both a dancer and choreographer. Since graduating, Kaitlyn has continued to study and teach dance at studios in the Memphis area. She has also begun studying ballroom dance to expand her repertoire, with hopes of competing on the professional level. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Joachim, who comes from Germany and works as a supply chain manager in Mississippi, and their four fur-kids.

Bethany Cannon, Art Specialist/ PR & Marketing Assistant

After spending much of her childhood traveling all over, Bethany attended Harding University and lived in Searcy as a freelance artist and graphic designer while giving private and group art lessons to children of all ages and adults. She recently went back to school for her Masters of Arts in Education which she used to teach middle school and high school art for two years before moving to Jonesboro in the summer of 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys culinary adventures and spending time outdoors. She loves imparting her knowledge of art and joy in creating.

_DSC0816Kelly Kelley, Bookkeeper

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

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

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.