Leadership

Dedicated team with a commitment to the arts

 

Benji Kern
Interim Artistic Director

Benji Kern is currently  the interim artistic director for Studio Tenn Theater Company.  Previous to his appointment, he served as the associate producer helping to mount productions including The Glen Campbell Legacy at The Ryman Auditorium and Grease with American Idols Melinda Doolittle, Diana DeGarmo, and Ace Young.  Benji got his start at the Lortel Winning Theater,  Primary Stages, where he served as the artistic assistant and produced the readings and workshops of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group.  There he also acted as the assistant director for Jonathan Tollin, Secrets of the Trade with John Glover and The Morini Stradd starring Mary Beth Peil. At Studio Tenn Benji, continued new work assistance helping to produce the world premiere plays and workshops of Frankenstein (Pete Peterson,) The Great Yawning (Cheri Magid,) and Wonder Woman (Greg Becker.)  Over the past two years he has built the Studio Tenn internship program, educational classes, and is proud to continue engaging the Franklin community and Middle Tennessee in the arts programming.  In addition, Benji serves as an adjudicator for The Jimmy Awards through TPAC. Prior to producing, Benji was an equity stage manager, select credits include:  EVITA (Eden Espinosa and Ben Crawford, STUDIO TENN) Damn Yankees (Carson Kressly, OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE) the national tour of I Love Lucy, and industrial work at Lincoln Center.  

Todd Morgan
Managing Director

The skilled, innovative and creative managing force behind Studio Tenn, Todd Morgan joined the company as its new Managing Director in September of 2017.  Originally hailing from Pinehurst, North Carolina, Morgan comes to Studio Tenn with a plethora of experience and expertise.  After earning his B.S. in musical theatre at Lees-McRae College, Morgan founded the North Carolina Stage Ensemble where he oversaw the production of seventeen classic musicals for various theatrical venues.  Such productions include LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, SMOKEY JOES CAFE, FOREVER PLAID and THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES.  Morgan went on to produce all park entertainment at Tweetsie Railroad while serving as the director of entertainment. He later earned his M.F.A. in performing arts management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts which included an internship at the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Morgan would go on to serve as the theater programming coordinator for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where his passion for new works led him to projects with notable industry professionals including Jason Loewith, Bill Russell, Edgar Dobie and Michael Kaiser.  Additionally, he worked on several Broadway bound Kennedy Center productions including LITTLE DANCER, starring Tiler Peck and Boyd Gaines, as well as the new production of SIDE SHOW, starring Emily Padgett and Erin Davie, which transferred to Broadway in the fall of 2014.  Morgan also had the pleasure to facilitate cabaret performances featuring artists such as Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Judy Kuhn, Tommy Tune, Megan Hilty, Brian D’Arcy James and Barbara Cook.  Later, Morgan became the management associate for the Tony Award-winning Signature theatre in Arlington, VA., Signature is a prominent home for the development and production of new and innovative works of musical theatre. Todd is accompanied by his wife Donna and their daughters, Molly and Allyssa.


 

Board of Directors

 

Tony McAlister: INTERIM Board Chair
Lance Gruner: Vice President
Maria Sheffield: Secretary
Marguerite & Philip Hall: Founders

DANNY ANDERSON
KEN CHIN
CHARLOTTE GOLDSTON

JIM LATTIMORE
LYNNE MCALISTER
JIM MUNRO

PATRICIA MUNRO
JENNIFER PARKER
LARRY WESTBROOK


 

Advisory Board

 

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

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

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


 

Adminstration, Production and Marketing

 

Todd Morgan
Managing Director

Benji Kern
Interim Artistic Director

Susannah Shumate
Development Director

Logan Treadaway
Interim Marketing Director

Mitch White
Technical Director / Residential Scenic Director

Matt Parker
Production and Company Manager

Blake Danford
Resident Costume Designer

Allison Flemming
Wardrobe Supervisor

Courtney Coppa
Assistant Stage Manager

Casey Hebbel
Education Coordinator

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