Denice Hicks, Executive Artistic Director
Denice 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-Yeo, Operations Manager/Producer
Robert 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.
Carrie Brewer, Marketing Director
Carrie works with the Nashville Shakes team as an actor, teaching artist, and fight choreographer but is happily putting her graphic design and marketing skills to use in her main role as Marketing Director. Before this, she was co-owner and Design Editor of The Post newspaper in Cheatham County, where she now lives after having moved here from L.A. and NYC, where she lived and worked as an actor, fight choreographer, and stage combat teacher for over 15 years. She is also a singer and mom to her two amazing daughters, Octavia and Phoenix.
Katie Bruno, Education Administrator
Katie is thrilled to be a part of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival team and to combine her love and appreciation for Shakespeare, theater performance, and education. Katie earned a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami and went on to tour state-wide as an actor and educator with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse out of Auburn, NY. In Nashville, she has directed and music directed first through fourth-graders for Acting Up!, hosted at Julia Green Elementary School, where professionalism, creative thinking, and self-expression are taught through music, theater, and dance. Katie has performed with Street Theatre Company, Chaffin's Barn, Pull-Tight Players, and Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Grand Ole Opry. She'll be on stage this summer to make her NSF debut in A Midsummer Night's Dream!
Franko Hashiguchi, Grant Manager
Franko 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.
Laramie Hearn, Artistic & Production Associate
Laramie Hearn is an NSF artistic and production associate, co-founder of Woven Theatre Company, and freelance director in the Nashville area. She is an alumna of Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Apprentice company, and will be making her NSF mainstage directing debut with Pericles. She holds a BFA in Directing from Belmont University. Nashville credits include KIMBERLY AKIMBO (Verge Theater), BRILLIANT TRACES (Pipeline Collective), DECISION HEIGHT and SILENT SKY (Woven Theatre Company), RESERVOIR DOGS, A PLAY FOR 7 WOMEN (Sideshow Fringe) and JULIUS CAESAR (Belmont University.)
Santiago Sosa, Artistic Associate/ApCo 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.