Georgia Ensemble Theatre's annual golf tournament set at Woodmont May 6



ROSWELL, Ga. – Georgia Ensemble Theatre, North Fulton’s resident professional theater company based out of the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, will hold its annual golf fundraiser on Monday, May 6 at the Woodmont Country Club in Canton. 

This event, the Mary McLain Smith Theatre Arts Golf Cup, is named in honor of the theater’s ardent supporter who originally organized the event. Proceeds from the event benefit Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s extensive educational and outreach programming. 

Chairing the Golf Cup this year is Georgia Ensemble Theatre Board member Karen Pilcher of Bank of North Georgia. Sponsors of this event to date include Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Wild Wing Café.

The day’s events will begin with registration and lunch at 11a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon. In the late afternoon and early evening, a silent auction and awards banquet will be held at the clubhouse. 

Individual registration is $175 for the day’s events, including 18 holes of golf in a scramble format on the beautiful Woodmont course. Groups of players are welcome, and individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available at levels from $300 to $10,000. 

Mary McLain Smith, for whom the Golf Cup was named, was an actress, arts advocate, volunteer and theater administrator with the Georgia Ensemble Theatre for many years. Smith died in December 2003, and the golf tournament was renamed to honor her memory.  

Smith was responsible for this annual event year after year because of her love and commitment to Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory. This annual event is one of many ways the theater continues her legacy of exemplary humanity and arts advocacy.

Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the many educational and outreach programs of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre including: 

  • The mainstage season of productions at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center;
  • The Theatre for Youth program introducing young people to quality professional theater through entertaining and enlightening curriculum-based productions;
  •  The tour of the powerful Holocaust drama, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank”;
  • A partner in education program with north metro Atlanta schools;
  • Year-round classes and workshops through its Theatre Arts Conservatory program;
  • Community outreach programs for youth, adults and local charity groups.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre was named as the 2012 Best Suburban Drama Theatre Company and the 2008 Readers’ Choice for Best Theatre Company by Atlanta Magazine. 

Artistic Director Robert J. Farley received the 2011 Flourish Award from Kennesaw State University for his contribution to the arts in metro Atlanta, and was named as a Top 10 Director in Atlanta for 2008-09 by The Sunday Paper.

He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pasadena Playhouse in the summer of 2008 for his contribution to excellence in regional theater. 

In 2010, Farley and Managing Director Anita Allen-Farley received an award from Roswell’s Leitalift Foundation naming them Visionary Leaders of Live Theater. 

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