Program Repertoire

Examples of Programs in Gateway’s Repertoire

in association with



A Free Outdoor Performance

September 12, 2021  @ 3 pm.

Little 5 Points Center For Arts and Community

at the Art Installation near Austin and Euclid Avenues


WE HAVE RISEN – Ireland’s Journey to Liberty with a Historic African-American Dimension
An ELEVATE ATLANTA 2021 event – in collaboration with the City of Atlanta.
Gateway Performance Productions in association with the Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community presents – We Have Risen – an Outdoor Performance conceived, directed and adapted for the stage by Gateway’s Producing Artistic Director Sandra Hughes. The Outdoor Art Installation was created by Gateway resident visual artist Michael Hickey and Sandra Hughes. Masks by Michael Hickey.
OUTDOOR L0CATION: 1083 Austin Ave. 30307 – near the corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues. On the grounds of the Little 5 Points Center for Art and Community . FREE parking is available in the lots at the L5PCAC. If you wish, bring a chair and/or blanket with you.
DRAMA – Fredrick Douglass, an escaped slave from America, meets Irish abolitionist Daniel O’Connell in Dublin during the Great Irish Famine (An Gorta Mor) . Fredrick Douglass: REGINALD PRIM, Gateway Associate Artist. Daniel O’Connell: MICHAEL HICKEY, Gateway Co-founder. Paul Dunbar poem performed by Gateway Guest Artist D. OLIVIA JONES.
MASK THEATRE – A Tribute to The United Irish Women . Choreographed and performed by Gateway Guest Artist KRISTA HARRIS. Acapella singing in the Irish Language: MICHAEL HICKEY. Words of Ellice Pilkington performed by SANDRA HUGHES.
SPOKEN WORD – The Civil Rights Movement/ America to Ireland and Pandemic Reflections – Written and Performed by Gateway Guest Artists: D. OLIVIA JONES, EUGENIA TOURE , JEFF DICKERSON and Gateway Artist- In- Residence SANDRA HUGHES.
The We Have Risen Art Installation is an ongoing outdoor art exhibit on the grounds of the Little 5 Points Center for Art and Community.
PHOTOS – Photographer: Sandra Hughes. Phoenix Mask Performer: Krista Harris. Masks: Michael Hickey
The L5PCAC is following CDC guidelines for this event: face coverings and social distancing.
We Have Risen was originally commissioned by the Country of Ireland through the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta and Art on the Atlanta Beltline. Additional support was provided by the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Fulton County Commissioners with guidance from Fulton County Arts and Culture.
Gateway offers virtual classes:- Acting, Creative Writing, Mime, Visual Art/Drawing
For more information contact: Gateway Performance Productions – (404) 222 9262
Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community

This performance is part of

A Free Outdoor Public Art Installation

Ireland’s Journey to Liberty with a Historic African American Dimension
March 14 – December 31, 2021

Concept: Sandra Hughes
Design: Michael Hickey & Sandra Hughes
Construction & Painted Surface: Michael Hickey

Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community 
Outdoors – At the  Corner of Euclid & Austin Avenues
1083 Austin Ave. NE 
Atlanta, GA 30307

 Photo: Sandra Hughes

Free Parking in the Lots at the L5PCAC Building
Distancing of six feet and masks required


We Have Risen visually commemorates the meeting of Fredrick Douglass – the Father of the American Civil Rights Movement –  and Irish Abolitionist Daniel O’Connell in Dublin, Ireland.

 Photo: Sandra Hughes

The installation features the Atlanta Phoenix rising from the ashes of the city after it was burned to the ground.  Portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King, American Civil Rights Leader, and Father Thomas O’Reilly, who prevented Atlanta churches from being burned during the Civil War, are included with a background of Atlanta’s modern skyline. 

The Irish Phoenix also rises by overcoming the long term effects of the Great Irish Famine (An Gorta Mor in the Irish language – meaning “The Great Hunger” in English) to begin a journey to liberty that becomes deeply and directly influenced by the American Civil Rights Movement. From this effort The Irish Free State is born and will celebrate its 100th anniversary during 2022. 

Photo: Sandra Hughes

The We Have Risen Arts Installation was originally commissioned and exhibited outdoors by Art on the Atlanta Beltline with support from the government of Ireland through the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta. It’s also been exhibited indoors within the large rotunda in the Art Gallery at the Central Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library.  

Gateway’s Michael Hickey and Sandra Hughes have received 5 commissions from Art on the Atlanta Beltline for the co-creation of new large-scale outdoor art Installations and related original performances written and directed by Sandra.  Michael is an award-winning visual artist, mask maker, set designer, performer and teaching artist. Sandra is an award-winning conceptual designer, writer, choreographer, director, performer, flutist and teaching artist. 

Gateway Performance Productions is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit arts organization founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. Gateway opened its venue – The Mask Center – in the Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community in July of 2000. The Company creates original  drama, dance, visual art and music for live and virtual platforms –  on stage, television, radio , film and online. Gateway specializes in mime and mask theatre. Its artists have performed the Company’s original productions and presented master classes throughout the USA and in 13 other countries.  Gateway is a founding member of the North American Network of Irish Cultural Centers.

Gateway Performance Productions’ We Have Risen Art Installation is located on the site of an American Civil War field hospital. The site was selected for this use because it had a water source – a natural spring. The spring is now beneath the old school building built over the spring. The school was converted into the Little 5 Points Community Center (recently re-named the Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community ) during the 1980’s, according to Joe Shifalo – one of the Center’s founders. 

L5PCAC has been the artistic home of Gateway’s performance, exhibit, video studio, rehearsal venue – The Mask Center –  since 2000. The Center is also a resource for other artists and arts organizations of all ages in areas of theatre, visual art and dance. The Center also houses WRFG Community Radio. L5PCAC Website:

We are pleased to announce a four-part series of FREE outdoor public performances presented in conjunction with the We Have Risen Art Installation:
March – June 2021. 
Gateway Performance Productions 
 Third Sundays at 3 pm 
Grounds of the Little 5 Points Center for Arts and Community

This Performance Series features three of the oldest performing art forms known to humankind – mime, mask theatre and the Irish mummers –  each performed and maintained by Gateway Performance Productions’ artists.  As was done in times of old, these ancient, ancestral art forms invite us to take our entertainment out of doors, beneath a sheltering tree, near a natural spring to celebrate together in community. 

June 20 
Comic Irish Mummer Folk Theatre
Written and Directed by Sandra Hughes
Straw Masks by Michael Hickey
​Performed by Jim Alexander and Michael Hickey

May 16     
Comic Mask Theatre 
Written, Choreographed by Sandra Hughes
Wooden, Paper and Gourd Masks by Michael Hickey
​Performed by Michael Hickey and Sandra Hughes

​April 18  
 Comic Mime Theatre  
​Written, Choreographed & Directed by Sandra Hughes
Performed by Michael Hickey and Sandra Hughes

  Michael Hickey as The Masked Mime
          Photo: Kelton Gresham
Sandra Hughes as The Mime Flute Player
                                                                                                                                                          Photo: Kelton Gresham

March 14 
Written, Adapted, Directed by Sandra Hughes
Ireland’s Journey to Liberty with a Historic African-American Dimension
Dance, Drama, Song
Performed By 
D. Olivia Jones, Jerilynn Bedingfield, Reginald Prim, Michael Hickey, Sandra Hughes

 Michael Hickey as Daniel O’Connell
                                                                                                                                                                    Photo: Kelton Gresham
 Michael Hickey as Daniel O’Connell 
                                                                                                                                                                                Reginald Prim as Fredrick Douglass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   D. Olivia Jones

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo: Kelton Gresham   
   Reginald Prim as Fredrick Douglass

                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo: Kelton Gresham
Jerilynn Bedingfield (masked) as a United Irish Woman

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Photo: Kelton Gresham

Gateway Performance Productions offers ongoing virtual and in-person classes in Acting/New Play Development, Creative Writing, Mime and Drawing with instructors Sandra Hughes and Michael Hickey. To select and pay class fees click here.

For general, performance or class information contact: or 404 222 9262

Michael Hickey’s Bio
Sandra Hughes’ Bio 

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