Meet the Director, Joanie McElroy of “The Rainmaker”

Joanie McElroy is the artistic director of Merely Players Presents, an independent theatre company, along with her creative partner, Ken Crease. She has been active in Atlanta theatre for over 20 years, most of them spent in the director’s chair.  A few of her directing credits at Lionheart Theatre Company include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and MenClybourne Park, and A Raisin in the Sun, where she won a MAT Award for "Best Director of a Play." She also recently experienced a very successful run of a play she wrote, Thus Spoke the Mockingbird, at Onion Man Productions.

Lionheart Theatre's "A Raisin in the Sun" garnered 8 Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards in 2017, including "Best Director of a Play" for Joanie McElroy.

Currently, Joanie is in rehearsals for Lionheart Theatre's next mainstage show, The Rainmaker, where she directs a cast of new faces and Lionheart favorites in this romantic comedy of desperation and hope.

So this is your second time directing The Rainmaker at Lionheart?

The Rainmaker is the first play I directed for Lionheart back in 2001.  It has been a lot of fun to revisit this script with a new group of artists."

How have rehearsals been going?

"This production has been a real pleasure with the most devoted cast that I have ever worked with. They were off-book at the first read-through and hit the ground running from our first rehearsal."

Can you describe the show? What are some of the major themes?

“The theme of this show is about dreams. Lizzie is living her life devoid of the dream she has for a different life. She has come to believe her dreams, however simple, can't come true. Some of the obstacles to her dreams are her own self-belief that is reinforced by her brother, Noah. However, a stranger comes along and helps her to see herself differently. This newly discovered confidence gives her the courage to choose for herself her own dreams and belief that they can come true.”

What first attracted you to this script?

“The love that exists within the Curry family. Despite their disagreements, it is obvious of the love between these family members even though it isn't always expressed well.”

What do you hope audiences will get out of seeing this show?

“I hope audiences will examine their own dreams or perhaps if they are an impediment to other's dreams and how they can get out of the way if they are.”


The Rainmaker plays September 7-23 at Lionheart Theatre

Don't miss Joanie McElroy's direction in Lionheart Theatre's The Rainmaker, playing September 7-23 in downtown Norcross. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Please visit for tickets and more information.

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