Denice Hicks (NSF Executive Artistic Director) has been working for The Nashville Shakespeare Festival since 1990, and has held the position of Artistic Director since 2005. She has edited, directed and performed in over 50 Shakespearean productions, developed workshops for students of all ages, and created the Festival’s Apprentice Company Training and Shakespeare Allowed! programming. Educated at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, she moved to Nashville in 1980 to perform at Opryland. Denice was an original company member of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and was among the founders of both the Darkhorse Theater and of People’s Branch Theatre. An Ingram Fellowship award winner, her work has been praised by the Tennessean, Nashville Scene, and BroadwayWorld.com, among other publications, from which she has received “Best Actor” and “Best Director” acknowledgments. She has been a guest lecturer at many universities and is currently serving on the advisory panel for Tennessee State U. and Lipscomb U. She was honored to sit on a review panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC, and as a guest lecturer with the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad program in Stratford-Upon-Avon and London. In 2014, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival was chosen as one of 14 North American Shakespeare theaters to be included in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK) documentary and book on Shakespeare in America. The Nashville Scene named her one of the "Twenty-five Nashvillians who've shaped the city for the better since 1989."
Robert Marigza (Operations Manager) first became involved with NSF as an actor in the 1994 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Over the years, he has served The Festival as actor, stage manager, technical director, crew, production assistant, and teacher. Since 2005, he has been the fulltime Operations Manager of the company and Producer for all productions since 2006. As an actor, Robert has also worked with Nashville Children’s Theatre, People’s Branch Theatre, Mockingbird Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Green Room Projects, and Actors’ Bridge Ensemble, as well as in commercials and independent films.
Santiago Sosa (Artistic Associate/Apprentice Company Director) duties for NSF include Apprentice Company Director, Voice and Text Coach, Teaching Artist, Head of School at Nashville Shakes and more. He earned a BFA from Texas State University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an actor, teaching artist, and/or voice & text coach, Santiago has worked at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Muse of Fire Shakespeare, Door Shakespeare, Writers Theatre, Forward Theatre Company, Definition Theatre, TPAC, NCT, Nashville Rep, Shakespeare Rep, The Theatre Bug, and From the Branch of which he served as its artistic director for 6 years. Santiago also works as an adjunct professor at Lipscomb and MTSU. He is the recipient of the Horton Foote and Robert Yeager Award for directing as well as the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship.
Morgan Davis (Artistic Associate/Education Administrator) is a displaced Texan residing in West Nashville. She received her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Belmont University, and has been performing as an actor around the city in various productions with the Nashville Repertory Theatre, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and Studio Tenn. Morgan also loves working with Nashville Shakespeare Festival as a Teaching Artist.
Carrie Brewer (Marketing Director) recently joined the Nashville Shakes team and is happily putting her graphic design and marketing skills to use that she developed as co-owner and Design Editor of The Post newspaper in Cheatham County and as artistic director of a theatre company back in NYC. She also works around Nashville as an actor, singer, fight choreographer, and teacher, and is mom to 2 amazing girls.
Franko Hashiguchi (Grant Manager), our most recent staff addition, has been a supporter of NSF since he moved here from Virginia, 23 years ago. Though he loves a good tragedy, he is more drawn to Shakespeare’s comedies. Franko is a long-time performer of Celtic and other music, with The Secret Commonwealth primary among other groups. He dances regularly around town at bona fide honky-tonks and other live music venues.