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Education and Outreach

Studio Tenn Theatre Company's Education and Community Outreach Program exists to foster a direct and passionate engagement for youth, educators, artists and the broader community in all aspects of the theatre experience and connects students of all ages to their most fearless, creative self to create enlightened audiences and artists who will shape the future.

The Education and Community Outreach Program includes:

  • Student education and matinees

  • Summer theatre master classes

  • College audition preparatory classes

  • Company apprenticeships/internships

  • Sensory Friendly performances

  • Gift of Theatre for underserved populations

For more information email us at info@studiotenn.com or call our offices at (615) 541-8200.

In rehearsals for Studio Tenn's 'EVITA'. Photo by MA2LA.

In rehearsals for Studio Tenn's 'EVITA'. Photo by MA2LA.


Young Musical Theater Artists Program
March 25 - June 2

Welcome to the amazing, technicolor world of Joseph!  In this exciting, new, 12-week offering from Studio Tenn, students will not only participate in classes lead by industry professionals, they will also be joining the cast of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the newest addition to Studio Tenn's season.  For six weeks, students will meet to learn the ins and outs of the audition process and will prepare to participate in professional rehearsals and performances.  From choosing a song to performing a monologue to participating in a dance call, we will leave no stone unturned.  Next, students will dive headfirst into the rehearsal process with confidence, spending three weeks alongside some of Nashville’s finest actors.  All of this hard work then culminates with five weeks of performances on the Studio Tenn mainstage. Courses will be taught by Studio Tenn Education Coordinator Casey Hebbel and Studio Tenn Choreographer Anna Perry.

We are so excited about this all-encompassing, completely immersive opportunity for students to experience the magic of professional theatre. We hope you will join us on this exciting adventure! For more information, contact Studio Tenn Education Coordinator Casey Hebbel at caseyhebbel@studiotenn.com.

**Included with class registration:

  • Six weeks of classes (Mondays from 5:30-7:30pm beginning March 25th)

  • Professional Headshot for participant

  • Students will join the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for rehearsals and all performances

  • Two complimentary show tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

**courses for 5th-8th grades only


ANASTASIA: Dance Master Class
Mark Mackillop and Lauren Oldham

Studio Tenn is thrilled to welcome Mark Mackillop for an exclusive master class in dance for high school and college students.  Mackillop has appeared on the International Tour of West Side Story, the Nation Tour of Dirty Dancing, and can currently be seen in the First National Tour of Anastasia as Prince Siegfried.  He will give students an exclusive look at choreography directly from Anastasia and will even teach the dance audition combination for the show.  He will be assisted in class by Laura Oldham (Chicago, National Tour).  The master class will take place on Saturday, March 23rd from 10am-12pm.  We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity! Course held at Studio Tenn Theatre Company business office.

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(Staged Reading):
Directed by Jennifer Alice Acker
Book, Music and Lyrics by Greg Becker

This brand new Golden Age style musical comedy tells the true story of three women who’s passions for early 20th century feminist agenda mixed with an psychologists propensity for fetish to overcome the censorship, and sexual taboos of the day and create the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. Performance will take place Saturday, February 16 at 6 p.m in the Studio Tenn Rehearsal Hall. Attendance is FREE and seating is LIMITED.

Theater Rating: R


Studio Tenn Master Class Series:
Michael Mott  (Inaugural Class) 

New York composer and lyricist Michael Mott will join Studio Tenn in a premiere master class for high school and college students looking to refine auditions for college entry, professional productions and school shows.  His collaborations include TONY Award Nominees Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Jennifer Damiano, Orfeh, Sierra Boggess, Zachary Levi, Jenna Ushkowitz, Matt Doyle, Andy Mientus, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Adrienne Warren, Justin Guarini, Brian Justin Crum, Shayna Steele, James Snyder, Jackie Burns, Mitch Jarvis, Michael Lanning, Marissa McGowan, Crystal Monee Hall, Loren Allred, Natalie Weiss, Teal Wicks, Jason Gotay, Ryan Silverman and countless others.  The master class will be held on Tuesday, February 19 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Jamison Hall. For sign ups, simply click the link below! READ MORE HERE

Michael Mott

Michael Mott

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Studio Tenn and Backlight Productions:
New Works Writer's Lab

Studio Tenn Theater Company and Backlight Productions are collaborating to create and workshop a new play for artists with special needs!  Led by Interim Artistic Director Benji Kern, and Backlight Production Artistic Director Melissa Smith, the play will cover the themes of celebrating the perspective of artists with special needs in this world premiere. 
The lab will end in three public performances in June. LEARN MORE HERE!

Backlight Production Mission:

Backlight Productions is a non-profit theater arts program for adults with special needs that provides opportunities for its students to gain education in the arts and perform significant roles before live audiences, enabling them to enhance their social skills through artistic expression and grow in confidence both on and off the stage.


The Salon by Pipeline-Collective

Studio Tenn is proud to partner with Pipeline-Collective to launch The Salon, a biweekly gathering of playwrights, directors, and actors to shape theatrical works-in-progress.  The pilot program will launch in March.

Curated by Pipeline-Collective’s Producing Artistic Directors David Ian Lee and Karen Sternberg, along with Studio Tenn's Interim Artistic Director Benji Kern, The Salon combines Studio Tenn's mission to support the development of new work and local artists with Pipeline-Collective’s mission to empower theatre makers to tell their stories. Each three-hour session is designed to not only benefit playwrights, but to bring together all collaborators in a crucible of time and creativity, exploring new relationships and furthering the development of new, visceral theatrical work.

At The Salon, playwrights can maintain the momentum of their writing and hear pages aloud at regular intervals – a critical component of new play development – while directors and actors can work “on their feet,” investigating new texts and partnerships in a model more accommodating than the constraints of an audition or the product-based needs of a rehearsal hall.

The Salon is a free program and is welcoming of artists from all backgrounds. For more information and to sign up for regular email updates, click the button below!

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