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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.

Introducing The Studio Tenn Education Program

The Studio Tenn education program connects students of all ages to their most fearless creative self, creating enlightened audiences and artists who will shape the future.

THEATRE Monologue

MONDAYS: January 14 - February 25, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

INSTRUCTOR: Benji Kern (Studio Tenn)

- Janet Jones
- Casey Hebbel (Studio Tenn)
- Brent Maddox (Belmont University)
- Denice Hicks (Nashville Shakespeare Festival)

*3rd - 5th grade only
The mysteries of auditioning for shows are revealed in this seven week course! Designed to prepare 3rd-5th graders for the world of professional theatre, this class will explore the ever elusive top of selecting and preparing monologues.

By getting to know each student, the instructor will work with participants to select material that will showcase his or her strengths and individualities. Students will then dissect their monologues through the exploration of various acting techniques as well as detailed character work with both the instructor and their peers.

The course will conclude with a mock audition for a panel of educational and theatrical professionals from whom students will receive specific feedback and critiques.

musical theatre song book

TUESDAYS: January 15 - February 26, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

INSTRUCTOR: Casey Hebbel (Studio Tenn)

- Janet Jones
- Benji Kern (Studio Tenn)
- Erica Aubrey (Belmont University, Ogunquit Playhouse)

*3rd - 5th grade only
Choosing a song for an audition can be a challenge, no matter how many times you’ve done it.  When it comes to selecting material for an audition, it is all about what will best showcase your personality and individual strengths.  In this seven-week course, participants will identify musical selections best suited to their vocal range and character type.  

With professional instructor guidance, students will explore song selections through in class performances, feedback, and critiques, as well as learn the do’s and don’ts of auditioning.  This course will also be a great start to creating their audition book 

The course will conclude with a mock audition for a panel of educational and theatrical professionals from which students will receive specific feedback and critiques.

Musical theatre dance call

THURSDAYS: January 17 - February 28, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

INSTRUCTOR: Anna Perry (Studio Tenn Choreographer)

- Benji Kern (Studio Tenn)
- Casey Hebbel (Studio Tenn)
- Bradley Gale (Book for Mormon)
- Curtis Reed (Studio Tenn, Chaffins Barn)

*3rd - 5th grade only
This course will introduce students to the process of a dance call for auditions. Through the process of mock dance calls, participants will learn basics of musical theater dance as well as tricks to ease the anxiety of the audition process.  There will also be time spent on learning technical skills and exploring specific musical theatre dance styles. 

The final class will feature a panel of professional choreographers and directors who will offer feedback on each student in a mock dance call audition scenario.



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.