ANN-CAROL PENCE (Co-Founder/Associate Producer/Resident Music Director) resides in the Atlanta region and arranged the music for Aurora’s first Christmas Canteen in 1996 and was hired full-time in September of 1998 as Resident Musical Director. An education major at James Madison University, she used her background to develop Learning Library (or L2). As a musician, she created Aurora’s Musicals by Moonlight, and Aurora’s New Musical Initiative. She has performed as pianist and/or music director both nationally (Goodspeed Opera House, Pasadena Playhouse, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Kennedy Center) and locally (The Alliance, Theatrical Outfit, The Horizon, Actor's Express).
As a proud citizen of Gwinnett, Ann-Carol is most proud of Aurora Theatre winning the first ever Pinnacle Award for Large Non-Profit. Last year, Aurora theatre won the very first MOXIE award for women-led businesses. This goes well with her 5 Suzi Awards (Atlanta's version of the Tony's) for Outstanding Music Direction for The Bridges Over Madison County, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Aurora’s world premiere of Clyde ’n Bonnie: A Folktale, and A Catered Affair.
Currently, Ann-Carol, along with Co-Founder and spouse Anthony Rodriguez, are on the brink of a $31.5 million campus expansion that will add 2 new theatres (500 seat theatre, with fly loft and orchestra pit, and 300 flexible seated Cabaret), rehearsal hall, classrooms, and outdoor gathering space to historic downtown Lawrenceville, where they currently reside.
AC is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Selection Committee, and was a proud participant in the 2016 Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute and member of the “Best Class Ever!”.
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
- Vocal Arranger
- Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
- Music Copyist
- Music Contractor/Coordinator
- Audition Pianist
- Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
- Rehearsal Pianist