HISTORY

About Studio Tenn

 
 

Studio Tenn is a professional regional theatre company and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Franklin, Tennessee. Its programming centers around innovative, custom-designed presentations of classic plays and musicals as well as an original “Legacy” series of theatrical concerts celebrating the work of time-honored musicians.

Studio Tenn was founded in 2009 by nationally recognized director and designer Matt Logan, Emmy Award-winning producer Philip Hall and Broadway and film actress Marguerite Lowell Hall. The company debuted with Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN, staged in the Loveless Cafe Barn. That show’s enormous success convinced the founders that Studio Tenn could—and should—continue.

 

Following that first pivotal production, Broadway veteran Jake Speck left the cast of JERSEY BOYS to join Studio Tenn. In 2010 Speck, as Managing Director, and Logan, as Artistic Director, produced the company’s first four seasons of plays and musicals to wide critical acclaim, including three seasons as the resident professional theatre company of the iconic Franklin Theatre.

Just prior to the start of its fifth season, Studio Tenn relocated to The Factory at Franklin, which now houses its administrative offices, rehearsal space and primary performance venue, Jamison Hall. The company has also staged productions at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Ryman Auditorium and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

As a nonprofit organization, Studio Tenn cannot operate without the generous support of corporate sponsors and individual donors. To learn more or make a tax-deductible financial gift, CLICK HERE.

MISSION

To create compelling musicals, plays, concerts and experiences through artful storytelling and innovative design, and to cultivate a meaningful understanding and appreciation of the artistic process in performers and audiences of all ages through education and engagement.

VISION

To become a theatre company that is embraced locally, engaged regionally and respected nationally, and to elevate Middle Tennessee to national prominence as a vibrant, viable birthplace and destination for world-class professional theatre.

PHILOSOPHY

We believe that storytelling profoundly enriches the human experience by giving us a platform to create awareness, build empathy, inspire discussions, and share universal truths.

The cast of Studio Tenn's 'West Side Story' in rehearsal. Photo by MA2LA.

The cast of Studio Tenn's 'West Side Story' in rehearsal. Photo by MA2LA.