The Staff of the FOA

img_9871 Kristi Pulliam, Executive/Artistic Director
Kristi holds an M.A. in Communication/Theatre and a B.S.E. in Theatre/Speech Communication. She taught in the Paragould School District and at Arkansas State University and Crowley’s Ridge College for a total of 12 years. After teaching and directing at the FOA for eight years, Kristi joined the staff full time in 2008 as the Community Development Director, and then added to her role at The FOA, as the Artistic Director and eventually Executive Director.
img_9867 Joe Carr, Associate Director of Tech and Development
Joe and his family first moved to Jonesboro in 2010 and joined the FOA family as a volunteer shortly after.  Before becoming a full time staff member, Joe began directing music for several of our MainStage productions.  He then joined the staff as Associate Director of Tech and Development in January of 2015.
Brandon Bishop, Office Manager
Brandon is a Jonesboro native and 10 year veteran of the Foundation of Arts. Credits include Les Miserables, Titanic, Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, The Nutcracker Ballet, and Jesus Christ Superstar, just to name a few. He also has extensive competitive All Star cheer and dance training and was a UALR Trojan cheerleader from 2008-2009. When he isn’t singing, tumbling, or dancing across the stage, you can find him being assisting patrons, volunteers, and staff at the FOA.
  Kaitlyn Bass, Arts Center Manager
Kaitlyn Bass was first introduced to the world of ballet at the age of four under the direction of Jane Anderson at Ballet Regent South in Jacksonville, FL. Moving to Kingsport, TN, her dance education continued at Kingsport Ballet, where her Vaganova training began with Valeria Sinyavskaya at age 12. The world of classical ballet was shown to Kaitlyn through performance and study, and under the artistic direction of Ms.Valeria, Kaitlyn performed both soloist and corps de ballet roles in classics such as “The Nutcracker,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” and “Giselle.” Through the incredible instruction she received from Ms.Valeria, Kaitlyn was given multiple opportunities to further her training at different schools and ballet companies during the summer. She has trained with the Tennessee Association of Dance, Sarasota Ballet, and Bossov Ballet, as well as with numerous guest teachers from around the world. She accepted a scholarship from Bossov Ballet, and was given the opportunity to travel to the St.Petersburg International Dance Open in Russia. While in Russia, she was able to take classes from world renowned teachers and choreographers, where she proudly represented her studio back home. After high school, Kaitlyn knew that giving up dancing was not an option she was willing to consider. Upon moving to Memphis to pursue her academic endeavors, Kaitlyn continued to further her dance education at the University of Memphis. While studying at the university, Kaitlyn participated in faculty and student showcases as both a dancer and choreographer. One of her proudest moments was watching one of her pieces performed on the stage of the Rose Theater, knowing her hard work and the work of her dancers would not go unnoticed. Since graduating, Kaitlyn has continued to study and teach dance at studios within the Greater Memphis Area. She has also begun studying ballroom dance to further her repertoire of dance knowledge, with hopes of competing on the professional level. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Joachim, who comes from Germany and works as a supply chain manager in Mississippi, and their four fur-kids. Kaitlyn is excited to begin her first year with the Foundation of Arts and looks forward to meeting all of her new students, parents, and colleagues!
  Bethany Cannon, Art Specialist
After spending much of her childhood traveling all over, Bethany attended Harding University and lived in Searcy as a freelance artist and graphic designer while giving private and group art lessons to children of all ages and adults. She recently went back to school for her Masters of Arts in Education which she used to teach middle school and high school art for two years before moving to Jonesboro in the summer of 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys culinary adventures and spending time outdoors. She loves imparting her knowledge of art and joy in creating.
Kelly KelleyBookkeeper
Kelly is a graduate of Arkansas State University where she received B.S. in Accounting. She also holds a license in I.P.A. and navigates people through the new federal and state insurance laws.
 12246723_10205526141376522_9186511622497089639_n Davis Polston, Marketing and Public Relations Assistant
Davis is a junior at Arkansas State University studying Acting and Public Relations. He first worked with the FOA in 2015 when a college course required the application of a PR campaign for a local non-profit of choice. He returned in 2016 to work as a Public Relations intern, and now handles marketing as well.
andrew-tolsen Andrew Tolson, Technical Assistant

Andrew joined the FOA staff in the fall of 2016, though he has been a faithful volunteer, both onstage and off, since early 2015. He holds a degree in theater with a minor in radio/tv. In addition to building sets and running tech with us, he is a licensed massage therapist. His many passions include singing, dancing, acting, and restoring his 1966 VW bus.

  Meridith Pierce, Social Media/Website Administrator
Meridith joined the staff in the summer of 2016, though she has been a volunteer since 2010. A former 3rd grade teacher with Nettleton Public Schools, she holds a masters in education. She now stays at home with her two children and continues to volunteer/work part time at the FOA. Aside from her love of theater, she enjoys cooking, eating, sleeping, traveling, and spending time with her family.