STUDIO TENN STORY
Studio Tenn Theatre Company was founded in the fall of 2009 by nationally recognized director and artist Matt Logan, Emmy Award winning producer Philip Hall and Broadway and film actress Marguerite Lowell Hall. The company’s inaugural production of Thorton Wilder’s OUR TOWN was an enormous success and enough to convince Studio Tenn’s founders that this was something which could continue! Shortly thereafter Jake Speck left the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys to join Studio Tenn as its Managing Director. Together, Speck and Logan produced Studio Tenn’s first three seasons as the resident professional theatre company of the Franklin Theatre to much critical acclaim and are thrilled to be closing their 4th season with this epic show in this epic setting. Beginning with the 2014/15 season next fall, all Studio Tenn productions will be in their new permanent home, The Factory at Franklin.

Studio Tenn is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and we cannot operate without the generous support of our sponsors and donors! It is the mission of Studio Tenn to use a rich combination of talent from Nashville and broadway to bring classic works of drama and musical theatre to life in Middle Tennessee; and, to provide innovative educational programs designed to entertain, educate, and inspire the rising artists of our unique community.


Mission
To use a rich combination of talent from Nashville and Broadway to bring classic works of drama and musical theatre to life in Middle Tennessee; and, to provide innovative educational programs designed to entertain, educate, and inspire the rising artists of our unique community.

Vision
To become a theatre company that is embraced locally, engaged regionally and respected nationally… inspiring audiences and the rising artistic talent of Middle Tennessee, while nurturing alliances with leaders in the theatre community across the country.

Leadership

Matt Logan Matt Logan
Mr. Logan is a graduate of Pepperdine University where he apprenticed under Theatre legend John Raitt and received the John Raitt Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre Arts. As an actor he has preformed with Performance Riverside, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Rattlestick Theatre NY, the Actors fund of NY, Lincoln Center and San Francisco Opera. He has worked on the production side of multiple Broadway shows and assisted Tara Rubin Casting in the casting of Broadway’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, JERSEY BOYS, SPAMALOT and SHREK. Mr. Logan has also reached national acclaim as a Broadway illustrator. In 2010 The New York Times crowned him “Heir to the Hirschfeld tradition”. His portraits have found their way into the private collections of celebrity clients Hugh Jackman, Bernadette Peters, Jude Law, Martin Short, Mike Nichols, Dolly Parton, Mary Tyler Moore, Katie Holmes, Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan freeman. He began his professional directing career at the age of nineteen. In the fall of 2009 Mr. Logan became the founding Artistic Director of Studio Tenn, Nashville’s newest professional theatre and has since directed four critically acclaimed seasons with Studio Tenn.
Jake Speck Jake Speck
Jake moved back to his hometown of Nashville in 2010 after completing a 2 year run on Broadway in the multiple Tony Award winning musical JERSEY BOYS. Most recently Jake made his Studio Tenn debut as Juror #8 in last season’s TWELVE ANGRY MEN and shot 4 episodes in the recurring role of Steve in season one of ABC’s NASHVILLE. Last month, the feature film CLOSER TO GOD premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in which Jake had a principal role. After high school and a couple of years spent performing locally in Nashville and singing with the group Nickajack (Developmental record deal, Asylum Records) Jake moved to New York City, having been awarded the highest national scholarship offered by the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since graduating from AMDA, Jake has worked with Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), Two-time Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff (BIG RIVER, THE WHO’S TOMMY, JERSEY BOYS), Academy Award winning writer Marshall Brickman (ANNIE HALL) and five time Tony Award winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (THE PRODUCERS). Mr. Speck’s professional career has taken him across the country performing in such shows as KISS ME KATE, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, FOREVER PLAID, THE MELVILLE BOYS and many more. In 2005 Jake appeared in the film version of Mel brooks’ hit musical THE PRODUCERS. With JERSEY BOYS Mr. Speck has performed live on the Emmy Awards, the Tony Awards, at the Taste of Chicago festival, sang the 7th Inning Stretch at Wrigley field, performed on the steps of city hall for the World Series Champion New York Yankees and was one of four Broadway cast members invited to the White House to perform for the President. It is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to return to Nashville and create a theatre company in the city that inspired him to make the arts his life’s work. Thanks and love to Emily, Nash & Noah!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JAKE SPECK: President & Managing Director of Studio Tenn
MATT LOGAN: Executive V.P. & Artistic Director of Studio Tenn
PHILIP HALL: Two time Emmy Award winning producer; former Director of Finance and Business Affairs for FASE Productions in L.A.; currently a global account executive for Hewlett Packard
MARGUERITE HALL:Accomplished actress and singer with multiple Broadway, National Tour, Film & Television credits
ROBERT SPECK: President/CEO of Nashville-based Blue Coast Burrito, Inc
MIKE KOPP: Senior vice President, MMA Creative


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