Fox Theatre Institute
Spring Newsletter


As we head into spring we are starting to wind down our “10 in 10” events celebrating our first 10 years of the Fox Theatre Institute. From our first event in September 2018 with our Friends of the Fox members touring Historic Oakland Cemetery to this past month hosting a tour of the new Fox Marquee Club, we have enjoyed each one. In tandem with these events, we have also formed some new partnerships including the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, The University of Georgia Press, and the Georgia Public Library System. Meanwhile, we have also embraced other collaborations like hosting the AIA Open House tours this past October.


Many of you know that partnerships can change all organizations, from the smallest of non-profits to the largest of corporations and we believe for the better. All our FTI Programs, from the earliest to the most recent, have been layered with partnership. Whether it is the Fox in a Box program and the many Atlanta elementary schools, or in the early years of FTI work relying on established preservation partners like the Georgia Historic Preservation Division and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation to support our outreach in Georgia’s 159 counties, we truly value each.


We look forward to bringing you more partnered programs. This month we highlight Phoenix Flies with two tours in March. Please make sure you stay tuned to our social media and website for our ongoing programs. We look forward to June when we wrap up these ten months with our two FTI Grant workshops in Athens and Atlanta. We thank in advance our partners at the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Main Street, and Georgia Council for the Arts for joining us during the June programming!


Hope that each of you have a wonderful spring and we look forward to seeing you here at the Fox!


As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of FTI, our Friends of the Fox enjoyed special members-only events. This September, we held the first event outside the Fox at Historic Oakland Cemetery, where guests took a special tour, focusing on Egyptian funerary art on the grounds. In December, our members enjoyed the new Marquee Club and White Christmas performance to get into the holiday spirit.

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The Fox Theatre Institute and Fox in a Box would like to thank the Fulton County Arts Council and the Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture for its ongoing support. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and contributes to the success of Fox in a Box. To learn more about the program, or schedule a school visit, please visit the link below or call Maggie Fuller at 404.881.2023.

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We are excited to announce our partnership with the Georgia Public Library System! This summer, the Fox in a Box exhibit will begin touring 18 different library systems throughout the state of Georgia. Fox in a Box will serve both as a freestanding exhibit in these libraries and will also host interactive educational sessions during their stays in each of the spaces. This partnership will highlight some of the areas where FTI has provided Preservation Grant Awards, as well as where there are active Georgia Presenters members. Stay tuned to find out where the exhibit will be visiting in the upcoming months!

Andy Gaines, Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre


Andy Gaines was born in Cobb County and is the General Manager of the local historic and nonprofit Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre located on the Marietta Square. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 2005 and immediately hit the road managing large scale events. In 2007, his team won the Grand Ex award, highest in the field, Best Experiential Marketing Campaign for the tour Studio Moto.


Andy was pulled back into the entertainment industry in 2008 when Tyler Perry Studios opened for production. He worked on Atlanta productions such as Due Date, Fast Five and Detroit 187 for ABC before moving to Los Angeles to continue working in the field. After working on such productions as Neighbors, Revenge on ABC and The Wedding Ringer, he moved with his wife back to their home county of Cobb.


Andy sat for a brief interview with Strand Marketing Director Manda Costoulas where he was asked about The Strand, the arts in Atlanta, and why groups like Georgia Presenters are so important for the arts community.


Describe The Strand in ten words or less(ish).

A local historic and nonprofit theatre acting as a cultural hub for our community.


Okay, now do it without using any of the words you just used.

The last movie palace in Cobb County serving patrons with entertainment on and off stage.


You worked in the arts and entertainment industry in LA a for a few years before coming back to the Atlanta area. What does the arts community in Atlanta do that's different from anywhere else? I love that the arts in Atlanta does so much to involve the rich history of this state. From insights into the days of the Civil War to Coca Cola, Atlanta uses art to lean into its history in a really unique way.


You came on as General Manager of The Strand a little over a year ago after serving as the Events and Facilities Director for four years. What's one thing that you didn't know about The Strand before sitting in the captain's chair? What surprised you? It surprised me how difficult it was to take myself out of day to day operations mindset and to think about the big picture. I came from working in the trenches of the art world for years and years. Learning to step back and think long term was a challenge — but ultimately a very rewarding one.


There’s lots of ways organizations, especially arts organizations, can benefit from a collaborative group like Georgia Presenters. So far, what’s the number one way The Strand has benefitted from being involved? Everyone in this group ultimately has the same goal: to serve our community with the arts. Getting to hear the war stories, the highs and lows other organizations have gone through and how they’ve transcended those challenges to create amazing things — it teaches you what you can do better, definitely, but more importantly it reaffirms why you’re doing it in the first place.


If you had a million bucks and had to put it all into a one-night-only show, what would you do?

Oh, I know exactly what I’d do. An immersive, town square wide production of War of the Worlds. Imagine a radio broadcast, live from The Strand stage, and shops open all over the square with their doors open and radios on. Speakers playing outside. You’d be able to walk anywhere on the square, hear the broadcast, and experience the story from simultaneous real time vignettes. All within a block radius. Then, two hours later, it’s all gone. Captivating, elevating, and fleeting — it’s what theatre is all about.