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We believe that the future of theatre depends on a vibrant artistic environment that supports fresh creative expressions that "push the envelope." We are dedicated to supporting this mission by promoting opportunities for new and innovative artists to develop intriguing works for the stage.
Our primary goals include creating a florishing and unique theatre company that enhances both artists and audience in the Atlanta theatre community. We strive to create a pipeline to nurture and promote the next wave of renowned theatrical artists including actors, playwrights, and technical professions.
Paris Crayton III
Paris has essentially been working in theatre for a majority of his life. He began acting at the tender age of six and writing soon after. After college, he knew that he loved nothing more than the stage and dedicated his life to creating new, exciting works of Art. In 2003 he was commissioned by Brooks College (Long Beach) to write a full-length play for the students. In 2006 he was commissioned by Gifted Productions (St. Louis) to pen a play "The Day Daddy Came Home" and it played to sold out audiences. After a few more commissions he moved to Chicago IL. to attend Act One Conservatory, a two year program focused on training the actor. After completion he journeyed to Atlanta to co-direct and star in the play "Tapestry of Shadows" written by award winning playwright/screen writer David Martyn Conley. This led him to a three year stay in Orlando Florida, where he was commissoned to write two brand new plays, "Eye of the Beholder" and "Laying Where No One Can See" which toured the state of Florida.
In 2010, Paris decided to make Atlanta his home and create a brand new theatre experience. He co-founded 3 Hill Productions and penned the first play of the season "Brothers of Affliction" which was called by avid theatre goers, the best play to hit Atlanta in years. Brothers has since traveled to Orlando for the International Orlando Fringe Festival and was accepted into the D.C and Atlanta Black Theatre Festivals. It also recieved recognition in the illustrious Dramatist Magazine and Artsatl, the top online arts source in Atlanta.
Realizing this is only the tip of the iceberg, Paris is ready to bring more intense theatre to Atlanta audiences and beyond. The first year, Rising Sage will produce 3 brand new works by this future pulitzer prize winning playwright.
Kirk D. Henny
Kirk began his experience with theatre very early in his adulthood. His first experience with theatrical performances began on the campus of James Madison University where he (initially a Business/Finance major) starred in student-written theatrical pieces as favors for friends who were theatre majors. That “acting bug” caught hold of Kirk, which led him to take advanced courses in the JMU Theatre Department in 1992 that ultimately led him to performing roles in well-known plays such as Fences and Two Trains Running. After a taking an extended hiatus to complete his doctoral studies, Kirk performed in a number of stage and film productions in the Atlanta metropolitan area. His first Atlanta-based performances involved several roles in a theatrical showcase titled, Journeys Through a Modern Past: an 8 x 10 experience (HazardUs Productions). This experience opened up an opportunity for Kirk to perform in the lead role of “Luke” in The Amen Corner. Soon thereafter, Kirk landed other lead/major supporting roles in theatrical productions such as Pill Hill (New African Grove Theatre) as “Ed”, In Lieu of Flowers (Lionheart Theatre) as Damon, and Flyin’ West (Lionheart Theatre) as “Wil.” In addition, Kirk was cast in several film productions including Nobody (Stef2G Productions) as “L.J.”, Love N' Success (Baz Brothers Productions) as “JS”, and Money, Power, Respect (The Peoples Network) in a recurring role as “Ross Donovan.”
In 2011, Kirk decided to expand his theatrical experience and co-founded the theatre company, 3 Hill Productions. As co-artistic director and actor, the company set a new buzz in the Atlanta theatre circles with its critically-acclaimed play, Brothers of Affliction. This production was accepted in various festivals around the country including Orlando, FL and Washington, DC. Building on the success of 3 Hill Productions, Kirk continued the evolution in his artistic journey by taking on the role of Managing Director at Rising Sage Theatre Company, which he will use as a vehicle to produce new productions in Atlanta metropolitan area by talented upcoming artists across the country.
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