Empty Rooms 2017-10-04T13:17:00+00:00

Empty Rooms: A Tech-Comedy

Coders are the architects of our future. Stories capture the history of our time. “Empty Rooms” is an immersive and comedic snapshot of how we got here and where we could choose to go. From Sept. 19-Oct. 10, this hilarious and moving play about women (and men) working in the tech industry will be taking over the common rooms of tech offices throughout Atlanta.

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Virginia Ashford • Vivianne Van Horn • Aaron Palmietto • Morgan Harrison • Nicole Adkins • Sheilah Harrison • L & N Mitchell • Richard & LaDonna Palmietto • Brad Fairchild • Keith and Claudia Gossett • Megan Schaeffer • Joshua Corin • Leonard Pallats • Hank Kimmell • Philip Mertz • Margaret Reiser • Mark Friedman • Gregg Murray • Pamela Turner • Laura King • Lisa Kobdish


Candace Mabry
Candace Mabry
Candace holds a BFA/Theatre from WKU. Her most memorable theatrical credits include Two Rooms, Proof, Angels in America and Dutchman. TV credits include Manhunt: Unbomber, Quarry, Second Generation Wayans and Adult Swim’s viral Too Many Cooks. She’s inspired by the words of Tupac, “don’t cheat yo’self, instead treat yo’self.”
Mary Russell
Mary Russell
Mary has a degree in theatre from the University of Georgia and studied at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA and at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. At ASC Mary played characters such as Juliet, Kate, and Lady Macbeth. Television credits include Sleepy Hollow and Your Worst Nightmare. I’m so thrilled to be a part of this innovative show!
Jeffrey Zwartjes
Jeffrey Zwartjes
Jeffrey C. Zwartjes studied illustration at the Savannah College of Art & Design and participated in the first New American Shakespeare Tavern’s Apprentice Program. He is currently the Artist-In-Residence for the Distance Learning Department at the Center for Puppetry Arts, where he develops and performs puppet shows for school children nationwide through videoconferencing. He has designed sets & puppets for Dad’s Garage Theater, Out of Hand Theatre Company, Kennesaw State University, and the Alliance Theater. He is a singing member of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, and can also be seen as the puppet half of the musical folk-singing duo Refuse the Rat & Garbagebag. Many Thanks to Emily, Nichole, & Annie for their enthusiasm in having him on board, and All the Love to Amy.
Holly Stevenson
Holly Stevenson
This is Holly’s first appearance with Found Stages. Recent performances include Lady Byron in Ada and the Memory Engine (Esential) and a staged reading of Cakewalk, by Atlanta playwright Beverly Trader Austin, as part of this summer’s Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival. In December, she’ll be reprising her role in The Bridesmaid of Barrington Hall, an on-site one-woman show, also by Trader Austin, appearing as octogenrian Eva Baker, Teddy Roosevelt and a twenty-something Margaret Mitchell. She has appeared with many local Atlanta theatres, grows her voiceover career and harmonizes with the ‘Young Again’ band.
Love and gratitude to J.
Jin Jo
Jin Jo
Jin Jo is overjoyed to join Found Stages’ Empty Rooms! Theatre: Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse), Slur (Alliance Theatre). Catch Jin on the 4th season of “Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC) as “Ashley”. Other TV/Film credits: “Making History”(Fox) and Penance Lane. Big love to family, friends, and People Store. www.jinjo.us

Creative Team

  • Producer: Found Stages
  • Playwright: Annie Harrison Elliott
  • Director: Nichole Palmietto
  • Co-Artistic Director: Neeley Gossett
  • Production Manager: Kara Procell
  • Stage Manager: Max McCreary
  • Design Team: Catalyst Arts Atlanta
  • Props Master: A. Julian Verner
  • Costume Designer: Chelsea Steverson
  • Sound Designer: Bennett Walton
  • Projections Designer: Liz Schad
  • Fight Choreographer: Barrett Doyle
  • Film Team: Gaslight Picturehouse
  • Cinematographer: Evan Williams
  • Film Editor: Alan Goldman
  • Casting Director: Emily Kleypas
  • Jennifer: Candace Mabry
  • Frank: Jeffery Zwartjes
  • Natalie: Jin Jo
  • Sara: Mary Russell
  • Margot: Holly Stevenson
  • Dramaturg: Addae Moon
  • Press Relations Manager: Megan Schaeffer
  • Business Sponsorships Manager: Julia Hudgins
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Empty Rooms in the News

Who gets the title of "visionary genius" in the arts and tech?

Four years ago I started researching women working in one of the most powerful industries in the world, and was surprised by what I discovered. Women's role in technology was actually decreasing over time. Currently, women quit tech jobs at a rate of 41%, which is twice as high as the corresponding rate for men.