Ride Hamilton, Festival Photographer

Ride Hamilton, Festival Photographer

Ride Hamilton is our Festival Photographer and has been involved with the Festival for more than 12 years, and gladly donates his professional services. He believes in freely giving back to the artistic community whenever he can. Ride lives in New Orleans, has been a Harley-Davidson biker his entire...

Robert Bray, Scholar’s Conference Chair

Robert Bray, Scholar’s Conference Chair

Robert Bray is the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review and the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference. Bray is the author/coauthor or editor of four books, including Hollywood’s Tennessee: The Williams Films and Postwar America, and Tennessee Williams and His Contemporaries. Bray is Professor...

Marian Hawk, Publicist

Marian Hawk, Publicist

Marian Hawk oversees the publicity efforts of the Festival, having previously coordinated our social media presence for three years. Marian holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans (Creative Writing) and a BA in English-Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College (Magna Cum Laude). She was...

Ellen Johnson, Media Advisor

Ellen Johnson, Media Advisor

Ellen Johnson, Media Advisor, served as Festival publicist for 19 years. She formed One on One Productions, her public relations and marketing firm, in 1993, after serving as marketing director at the Contemporary Arts Center. With a focus mostly on the arts and other non-profits, she has worked with...

Karissa Kary, Volunteer Coordinator

Karissa Kary, Volunteer Coordinator

Karissa Kary has been involved with the Festival  for more than 10 years as a director (marketing/communications), project consultant, and theater production and volunteer coordinator. An avid writer and theater and event producer (co-founder of both Greenlight Operations and The Bayou Playhouse), her travels and work have taken her...

Tracy Cunningham, Managing Director

Tracy Cunningham, Managing Director

Tracy Ferrington Cunningham manages the operations and logistics of the Festival. She has a long history as an educator, an event planner, and working with non-profit organizations. She holds master’s degrees in both English and in Educational Leadership and has been a national speaker and teacher-consultant with the National...

Paul J. Willis, Executive Director

Paul J. Willis, Executive Director

Paul Willis has over 19 years of experience in non-profit management. He has a B.S. degree in Psychology and an M.S. degree in Communication. He started his administrative work in 1992 as the co-director for the Holos Foundation in Minneapolis. The Foundation operated an alternative high school program for...