STUDIO TENN MANAGEMENT

JAKE SPECK Managing Director

Jake returned to his native Nashville in 2010 after completing a two-year run in the Tony-winning Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS—a show that led him to perform at the Emmy Awards, the Tony Awards, and for the President and First Lady at the White House. His current role as Studio Tenn’s Managing Director fulfills a lifelong dream: to create a theatre company in his home city that inspired his career in the arts. After high school, Speck spent a couple of years performing locally and singing with the group Nickajack (Developmental record deal, Asylum Records) before moving to New York to accept the highest national scholarship offered by the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Following graduation, he worked with numerous Tony Award-winning theatre veterans, including Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), director Des McAnuff (BIG RIVER, THE WHO’S TOMMY, JERSEY BOYS), Academy Award-winning writer Marshall Brickman (ANNIE HALL) and director and choreographer Susan Stroman (THE PRODUCERS). Speck’s New York credits include creating the role of Chuck Yeager in THE FASTEST WOMAN ALIVE and Mike in LIFE SCIENCE, both Off Broadway. He has toured the country in professional productions of KISS ME KATE, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, FOREVER PLAID, THE MELVILLE BOYS and more. In Nashville, he starred among Broadway veterans in Show Hope’s CINDERELLA with the Nashville Symphony in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He has performed at the Taste of Chicago festival, during the 7th Inning Stretch at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, and on the steps of NYC’s City Hall for the World Series Champion New York Yankees. In 2005, he appeared in Mel Brooks’ musical comedy film “The Producers.” Speck continues to work in film and television and occasionally appears on the Studio Tenn stage. Recent credits include playing the “Master of the House”, Thenardier in the company’s own LES MISERABLES (2014) and Juror #8 in TWELVE ANGRY MEN (2012). Recent film credits include 4 episodes in a recurring role in the first season of ABC’s hit TV series “Nashville,” several commercials and short films as well as the 2014 feature film “Closer to God.” Under Speck’s administrative leadership, Studio Tenn has made the Nashville Business Journal’s list of the top five performing arts organizations in Nashville for two consecutive years. Jake is married to Studio Tenn’s resident choreographer Emily Tello Speck and together they have produced three amazing sons, Nash, Noah and Leo!

MATT LOGAN Artistic Director

An accomplished designer, director, illustrator and performer, Matt Logan is first and foremost a storyteller—drawing on his multi-disciplinary talents to create a comprehensive signature aesthetic that connects every aspect of a Studio Tenn production, from the set to the stitching. One of a rare few Director/Designers in the industry, Logan made his professional directorial debut at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) at the age of 19. He attended Pepperdine University on a Design Scholarship where he apprenticed under theatre legend John Raitt and received the John Raitt Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre Arts. Upon graduating, Logan worked on Broadway in costuming for GYPSY, THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and OKLAHOMA. He assisted Tara Rubin Casting for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, JERSEY BOYS, SPAMALOT and SHREK. A nationally recognized illustrator and caricature artist, Logan was named by The New York Times as an heir to the Al Hirschfeld tradition for his Broadway portraiture. His celebrity clients include Hugh Jackman, Bernadette Peters, Jude Law, Martin Short, Mike Nichols, Dolly Parton, Mary Tyler Moore, Katie Holmes, Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman. Recently, his privately commissioned drawing for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was submitted to the Library of Congress by the George Gershwin estate. As an actor, Logan's credits include Performance Riverside (INTO THE WOODS, SCARLET PIMPERNEL, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD), McCoy Rigby Entertainment (THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN starring Cathy Rigby), Tennessee Repertory Theatre (1776), Rattlestick Theatre NY (MESSAGE FOR MICHAEL), the Actors Fund of NY (ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY starring Douglas Sills and Marin Mazzie), and San Francisco Opera (THE MERRY WIDOW starring Fredrica Von Stade) which aired on PBS in the winter of 2009. He also starred as Henry Higgins in Studio Tenn’s 2013 production of MY FAIR LADY. In the fall of 2009 Logan became the founding Artistic Director of Studio Tenn. He has since directed and designed five critically acclaimed seasons with Studio Tenn in addition to the company’s debut production of OUR TOWN at the Loveless Barn. The sold-out performances secured Studio Tenn as a major force in the artistic landscape of Tennessee. Logan then led a partnership with Show Hope by directing and designing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA with the Nashville Symphony and a star-studded cast including Tony award winner Heather Headley. In the height of his artistic leadership, Logan was named Best Director of 2014 by the Nashville Scene.

 

Photo by Anthony Matula of Jake Speck and Matt Logan

Photo by Anthony Matula of Jake Speck and Matt Logan

STUDIO TENN TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MATT KING
WAYNE KIRKPATRICK
JIM LATTIMORE
MATT LOGAN
YVETTE MELDRUM
TRISH MUNRO
JENNIFER PARKER
JAKE SPECK
ROBERT SPECK
DONALD STINNETT

MELINDA DOOLITTLE
KELLY FREY
CHARLOTTE GOLDSTON
MARCELA GOMEZ
DAN GORDON
LANCE GRUNER
CARL HALEY
MARGUERITE HALL
PHILIP HALL
ROBERT HIGDON

ADVISORY BOARD

JAMES ALCOTT
MICHELLE ALCOTT
DANNY ANDERSON
TERESA ANDERSON
ANGIE ATEMA
TOM ATEMA
CHAZ CORZINE
GARY GLOVER
AMANDA HAMPTON
BILL HAMPTON

JOHN SCHUCK
HARRISON SCHUCK
DENISE SIKES
GREG SIKES
VICKI STOUT
CANDY SULLIVAN
LAWRENCE SULLIVAN
HOWARD WALL
KIM WALL
CANDIE WESTBROOK
LARRY WESTBROOK

MIMI HELDMAN
RUSS HELDMAN
LLEW ANN KING
ANDY MARSHALL
JANET MARSHALL
ANTHONY MATULA
LAURA MATULA
MIKE MULLICAN
SHELIA MULLICAN
JAMES MUNRO
PAUL POLYCARPOU

ADMINISTRATION, PRODUCTION AND MARKETING

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Matt Logan
MANAGING DIRECTOR Jake Speck
INTERIM MARKETING DIRECTOR Susan Reinfeldt
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Mitch White
PRODUCTION AND COMPANY MANAGER Matt Parker
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Benji Kern
BOX OFFICE AND COMMUNICATION MANAGER Logan Treadaway
WARDROBE SUPERVISOR Allison Hearn
OFFICIAL CREATIVE + MARKETING DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM by MA2LA
PR Stacie Vining, Merge PR