Theatrical Outfit Names Ed Laity as Board Chair

Theatrical Outfit Names Ed Laity as Board Chair

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 — Theatrical Outfit, a professional theatre located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, has elected a new Board Chair, Wm. Edward Laity, who succeeds Interim Board Chair, Stephanie Watkins.

Mr. Laity's term as Chair began on July 1, 2018, after being elected at the Theatre's full board meeting on June 21st. He first joined the Board of Theatrical Outfit in 2016 and immediately made himself invaluable to the organization, serving on the Finance Committee and as Fundraising Chair.

Laity is President of DVA Navion in North America, where he leads a team of highly qualified professionals who are passionately committed to achieving exceptional results for all of organizations the firm serves. Since his consulting career began in 1988, Mr. Laity has planned and managed major capital campaigns, directed feasibility studies, helped strengthen annual giving programs and has been involved in all aspects of development operations.  Before consulting with many non-profit organizations, Mr. Laity served as the director of development at Boys Clubs of Metro Atlanta and as the community relations director for The Salvation Army in Louisville, Kentucky.  He is a frequent lecturer, with a background in capital campaigns, board development, direct mail, special events, planned giving, marketing and communications.  Mr. Laity is a past president of the Association for Fund-Raising Professionals’ Georgia Chapter, has served on the Association’s National Assembly and is currently a mentor in the Diversity Mentor Program.  He is an alumnus of Georgia State University.  Laity is the immediate past chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta - DeKalb County Board.

While not a native Atlantan, Ed Laity has lived in Atlanta for 46 years.  He attended Adair Park, Morningside Elementary, and Georgia State University. He and his wife, Debbie, live in DeKalb County; they have two grown daughters, three cats and a man-dog. Together, they enjoy traveling, gardening, reading and the theatre.

Laity succeeds Interim Board Chair, Stephanie Watkins, a retired accountant and arts advocate who served Theatrical Outfit during the 2017-2018 season; Ms. Watkins was also Board Chair from 2013 to 2015 when TO retired its mortgage on its downtown home, the beautiful Balzer Theater at Herren's. As Interim Chair, Ms. Watkins followed the chairmanship of Benjamin Hill, Senior Vice President of Talent Management and HR Strategy at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 

Tom Key, Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit, welcomes the excitement and commitment of Mr. Laity as he assumes this new position of leadership.

The 2018-2019 Board of Trustees for Theatrical Outfit includes an impressive roster of individuals who each bring with them their own unique professional gifts, as well as a love for the theatre. The members are as follows:

Wm. Edward Laity, Board Chair - President, DVA Navion

Tommy Barrow - Retired CEO, Tom Barrow Company

Scott C. Bryan - Semi-retired, Consultant and Marketing Agency Executive

Caroline Duffy - Founding Partner / Senior Strategist, JacksonSpalding

Bill Duncan - Community Volunteer

Charlie Henn - Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend

Alexander Johnson - Founder and CEO, Triton Media Group

Karen McCrea - Actor, Community Volunteer

Pearl McHaney - Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature, Department of English, Georgia State University

Margaret H. Murphy - Retired Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

Mary Ulmer Jones - Sr. Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Bank of America

Jennifer Van Horn - Actor/ Vice President, U.S. Kids Golf Foundation, American Airlines Flight Attendant

Stephanie Watkins - Accountant, retired



THE 2018-2019 SEASON OF BEAUTY, opening with

The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson

August 15-September 9, 2018

For tickets and information, visit


Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta's Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. Other season sponsors: Georgia Council for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Turner Broadcasting, Publix Super Markets Charities, Macy’s, Kilpatrick Townsend, The Shubert Foundation, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

ABOUT OUR VENUEThe Book of Will plays at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.  
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.                     


Ed Laity
Tom Key
2018-19 Season Sponsors
Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development at Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager, Marketing Manager at Theatrical Outfit
Clifton Guterman Associate Artistic Director at Theatrical Outfit