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Atlanta’s 500 Most Powerful Leaders in 2020: Arts, Sports, & Entertainment

2020 Atlanta 500 Arts Sports Entertainment Alliance Theater
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Atlanta 500 Vincent AnthonyVincent Anthony
Executive Director, President, and Founder
Center for Puppetry Arts

Vincent Anthony is executive director and board president of the Center for Puppetry Arts, which he founded in 1978. Under his leadership, the center has received a record 12 Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the U.S. division of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international organization for the art of puppetry. A native of Sarasota, Florida, Anthony has also received a personal Citation of Excellence from UNIMA-USA—
puppetry’s most prestigious award. Prior to founding the center, Anthony was a puppeteer for New York’s Nicolo Marionettes and founder of the Vagabond Marionettes in Atlanta.

Why I chose this work: I became fascinated by puppetry during an audition and remained in the field. Then, as a member of the planning committee for the 1980 World Puppetry Festival, I was inspired to open a place that would be dedicated to the art of puppetry.

Inspiring person: Jim Henson
Hidden talent: I’m a motorcycle enthusiast and have ridden my bike coast to coast.
Favorite book: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Atlanta 500: Susan V. Booth

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Susan V. Booth
Jennings Hertz Artistic Director
Alliance Theatre

For the past 17 years Susan Booth has brought national attention to Atlanta’s theater scene as artistic director of the Alliance Theatre, where she’s launched six productions to Broadway, won a Regional Theatre Tony Award, and directed world premieres by Pearl Cleage, Natasha Trethewey, John Mellencamp,

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