Touring Statewide, Nationally & Internationally
About the Artists
Principal Artists
Sandra Hughesaward-winning writer, performer, director, teaching artist, choreographer and flutist - creates original productions for the stage, video, television and radio that include drama, dance, spoken word, mask theatre, mime, music and puppetry. Her productions have been performed at theatres, festivals, arts centers, colleges, universities, schools, senior citizen centers and other community venues in 36 states in the United States and 13 other countries. She is the Producing Artistic Director of Gateway Performance Productions and the
MASK Center in Atlanta, Georgia. 
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GMichael Hickey - mask maker, performer, teaching artist, theatrical designer, visual artist and percussionist. He’s a founding member of Gateway Performance Productions and has performed in 30 states in the United States and 12 other countries. click here for more

Jerilynn Bedingfield - dancer, mask and mime performer - is a principal performer nationally and internationally with Gateway Performance Productions. She's been integral to the creation of a variety of Gateway's performance works for the live stage and film.  Click here for more

Artists in Residence 

Tom Spach
  is a musical composer, producer, song writer and performer who has
created original music and sound designs for more than 50 Atlanta, Southeastern regional, national and international theater productions, many of which have been collaborations with Gateway Performance Productions.  Tom’s musical curiosity began early in life and continues to lead him in a broad variety of musical directions as a composer and performer. Under the name Tom Spock (a simplified spelling of his last name) he composed and recorded abstract ambient scores, melodic orchestral works, various types of ethnic music, rock n roll, blues and more. Tom has composed theme music, jingles and incidental music for radio and television programs and commercials. His recordings always featured his own performance on all instruments. Tom produced his own musical samples and performed custom synthesizer programming. He recorded and constructed from scratch his own soundscapes and sound effects for many of his theatrical sound designs. His work was facilitated by ownership of Silver Matrix Studio where all his work was created. Silver Matrix Studio was dissolved in the late 1990s when Tom took a break from composing.  In 2009, Tom became intensely interested in exploring the magic of collaboration with other live musicians and artists and decided to become “reborn” as a live music performer. He currently writes songs, plays electric bass and sings lead and backup with “The Johnson Party”  and “Wailin Jimmy Jay and athe Smoketones”. Tom now uses the regular spelling of his last name for all credits. Tom graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Broadcast Journalism degree. He worked for 8 years at rock and roll radio stations around the south and midwest as a Program Director, Music Director, News Director and drive time on-air talent. His passion for radio drama led him to produce and record “The New Horizons Radio Project” which aired on WABE FM Public Radio Atlanta and was distributed nationally to NPR-affiliated radio stations.

Hilda Willis
 -  Producer, Director, Actor, Writer, Vocalist, Creative Director - began performing in 1969. Hilda has performed numerous roles throughout her performing career. While a BFA major at North Carolina A&T State University she became known for her outstanding work on stage at the Paul Robeson Theatre. Her most noted performances include: Lorraine Hansberry in Young Gifted and Black and Nell Carter in Ain’t Misbehavin where she was nominated to compete in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Irene Ryan Acting Competition and received high honors as a top 10 finalist.  After college,  Hilda re-entered he professional world of theatre and went on to perform and direct on some of the most well known stages in New York and other Regional Theatres. They include: The Apollo, The Cotton Club, The Baby Grand, Sweet Waters, National Black Theatre, The Mint, The Trilogy, Theatre Row, Billie Holiday Theatre, Lime Kiln, Mill Mountain Theatre, 7 Stages, The Mask Theatre, Jomandi Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse and The Great Bay Plaza (Antilles). A few of her favorite professional roles include: Lady Capulet Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Charlotte Falsettos, Amy Stone Wall Country, Ancestor The Legacy, Mother Breath Boom, Clorine Glory Bound and The Heart Of Rumi. 
Artistic Associates


Lynn Hesse
Dancer, Choreographer.   For nearly 20 years Lynn had a sacred dance troupe, where she taught, choreographed, directed, and performed more than 200 pieces for adults and youth. She is a member of The Dancing Flowers for Peace and co-created with Louise Runyon the dance piece, "Blue Steel," which has been accepted into the GSU Women's Study Archives. Recently, Lynn choreographed and performed with Sandra Hughes in the fall Fieldwork Showcase performance of the "Sacred Amazon Sisterhood" and was a principal performer in Celtic Christmas at Emory University in Gateway's production of  The Miracle.

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