Stephanie Davis, executive director of Georgia Women for a Change, has joined the board of directors of Actor’s Express, the Atlanta-based theater company that challenges and reflects contemporary human experiences in an inclusive environment with unique and cutting edge stage productions. In addition to her board seat, she will serve on the theater company’s development committee.
Davis brings a wealth of organizational, fundraising, non-profit and public-policy leadership and experience to her position on the Actor’s Express board. Georgia Women for a Change, where she has served as executive director for five years, is a non-profit public policy institute with a gender lens that represents Georgians across a spectrum of issues including health care, economic justice and challenging violence against women and girls. Georgia Women was the lead organization supporting the legislation to combat human trafficking and is working on a flexible sick leave policy.
In the past, Davis served as the first policy advisor on women’s issues to Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, where she coordinated the “Dear John” campaign to end child prostitution in Atlanta. As the first director of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, where she served for 11 years, Davis was responsible for raising several million dollars, establishing an endowment and positioning the foundation to be the fastest growing women’s fund in the country.
“Actor’s Express is one of the premier theater companies in the Southeast and I’m honored to be able to serve on the board,” said Davis. “With each production, Actor’s Express tackles issues related to gender, inclusiveness and human interaction in exciting and accessible ways that can really bring home messages that are important to me and to our community. I look forward to serving the theater and its audiences in this position.”
“As Actor’s Express embarks on our next 25 years, it’s fresh board talent like Stephanie who will help ensure we can continue to stage exciting works,” said Actor’s Express Board President Bruce Cohen. “Her background in fundraising and development, coupled with her passion for the Actor’s Express mission, make her an excellent addition to our board.”
Davis is a graduate of Skidmore College and received one of the country’s first Masters in women’s studies from Goddard College.
Actor’s Express’ latest production of Steve Ives Venus and Fur runs from September 4 through October 6. For more information about the theater company, upcoming productions and events or to make a donation, please visit www.actorsexpress.com.