Our Directors and Advisory Board
The core of artists and organizers that makes up The Archive Theater began to gather during the Midsummer Night’s Dream that Jennifer Rose Davis directed at the Curtain Theater in 2010. Jennifer, Jim Barnes and Garrison Martt had been friends for nearly twenty years at that point. Joe Stephenson and Carrie Casey both attended Midsummer and loved it, and they began to form intertwining relationships of friendship and deep professional respect. In the fall of 2017, Garrison came to Jennifer and Jim with the idea of forming a theater company to produce Jennifer’s translation of Cyrano de Bergerac and so here we are.
Managing Director - Jennifer Rose Davis
Jennifer Davis is an writer, director, actress, singer, musician, costumer, mask maker, artist, graphic designer, and all-around Renaissance woman. Her theatrical credits with The Hidden Room include Music Director, Costumer, and Set Designer for Der Bestrafte Brudermord. She was also Associate Costumer The History of King Lear by Nahum Tate, for which she won a shared Austin Critic’s Table award.
Jennifer designed costumes and danced Butoh for Still Now with Shrewd Productions. She created Tudor era costumes for Austin Shakespeare’s staged readings of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII and Hillary Mantle’s Wolf Hall, and Elizabethan costumes for The Merry Wives of Windsor co-produced by Austin Scottish Rite Theater and Weird Sisters.
Artistic Director - Garrison Martt
Garrison Martt is a poet, writer, director, and actor who has been active in the Austin Theater Scene for more than forty years. He has directed and/or performed in more than forty productions in that time and has unparalleled sensitivity for text in performance.
He is also the founder of The Past Poetry Project which has performed free poetry readings for the Austin Community for over twenty years. His image is taken from a graphic rendering that Jennifer Davis created for his performance of Prospero in The Tempest in 2009.
Advisory Board Member - James William Barnes
James William Barnes is a technical writer, marketing communications manager, and trade-show exhibit producer. He started his professional career with a BS in Geology from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. He then added instruction-manual writing, desktop publishing skills, digital image manipulation, art direction, exhibit production, and marketing communications management while working for a scientific instrument company.
Working freelance for several years, gave Jim experience with planetarium presentations, film and digital astrophotography, and costume support for theatrical productions. The last decade has been spent learning to sell portable trade-show displays and preparing digital art files for large-format printing, along with marketing and business operations for an exhibit design and fabrication company.
Advisory Board Member - Carrie Casey
Carrie Casey is a lifelong business owner and manager. She started with Girl Scout cookies and garage sales and has progressed to multi-million-dollar companies. Over the years she has done a wide variety of jobs: book keeper, salesperson, marketing specialist, community outreach coordinator, CEO, chairman of the board, and trainer. This wide-ranging experience has given her a deep and thorough understanding of how businesses function.
In her free time, Carrie has invested in non-profit organizations as a volunteer and board working directly with the consumers of the services provided by these non-profits. She has been a Girl Scout leader, a front of house volunteer, a production manager, a producer, and a stage manager for several local theatre troupes. She has organized events, trained volunteers, and piloted programs.
Advisory Board Member - Joe Stephenson
Joe Stephenson is the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor of English at Abilene Christian University, where he teaches courses in Shakespeare and British literature. He earned his BA from Yale and his Ph. D. from University of Connecticut, where he was privileged to work with Andrew Gurr on a dissertation examining Dutch characters on the English stage from Shakespeare to Dryden. He continues to publish on the intersections of Anglo-Dutch geopolitical relations and early modern drama.
Joe has worked as dramaturg for several companies in Abilene and Austin. He regularly reviews productions in Texas, London, and Stratford-upon-Avon for the website Reviewing Shakespeare and several scholarly journals. His current major project is a scholarly edition of The Dutch Lady, a formerly lost Restoration comedy existing in a single manuscript from the seventeenth century.