2019 - 2021 Board of Directors

Gloria Rigsbee - President

Valencia Ward - Vice President

Treasurer - Maria Rogers

Lindsay Ward - Secretary

Academy Director - Alexandra Wambold

Academy Director - Glenda Lanier


Alexandra "Ali" Wambold (on left)

Alexandra “Ali” Wambold is native to Savannah, Ga.  She has been active in the Dance scene here for most of her life and added Theatre to the mix when she was in high school. She attended Valdosta State University where she received a degree in Public Relations and Theatre with an emphasis in Dance. There she developed her love of Theatre while continuing her studies of dance techniques in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Social Dance. Her favorite techniques would have to be Fosse and Limón. She then attended Armstrong Atlantic State University to obtain her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Ali became Theatre Program Director at Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts in the year 2016-2017. She is also active with the Savannah Children’s Theatre where she often choreographs for summer camps along with various other roles she takes on. Some of her favorite Theatre productions and roles have been Mazie in Seussical the Musical, Connie in A Chorus Line, and Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man. “I cannot begin to express my excitement to be sharing my passion for theatre each day with students of all ages. Garrison Actors Academy has become my family and home. I can wait to see all the memories we make together!”

Glenda Lanier (on right)

Theatre has been a part of my life since I was a little girl and continued to be throughout college and even into my adult life. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach a subject that is so near and dear to my heart.  Last year was an amazing adventure and I am looking forward to another exciting year. Ali and I work so well together that it seems we were meant to be together and that is a huge blessing to have to look forward to everyday I come to work.

I am a wife to my college sweetheart, Donnie, and the proud mother of 4 amazing children - Ashlyn, Chase, Katie Grace and Colton. The 2 younger children attend Garrison and it is a huge blessing to have them here with me, and the 2 oldest are graduates of Garrison and both attend Savannah Arts Academy.