Staff Bios

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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, 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."

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Bradley Brown, Managing Director

Bradley has worked as an actor, teaching artist, musician, and assistant stage manager for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival since his first production in 2009. His performance credits for NSF include The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Comedy of Errors. Bradley has also been an award-winning educator, leading theatre programs at Hillsboro IB World School and Page Middle School. He was awarded PTSO Educator of the Year at Hillsboro for the 2012-2013 school year, as well as HHS Teacher of the Year in 2013-2014. In 2011, he was awarded the English Speaking Union Shakespeare Educator Fellowship Award, affording him the opportunity to train at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Brown graduated magna cum laude from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in marketing. During his time at TTU, he won several accolades, including competitive scholarships from the Nashville Advertising Federation. Brown also has an MFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He brings years of professional theater experience outside of NSF with him as well. He has worked as an actor for Blackbird Theatre and Springhouse Theater in Tennessee, Seaside Repertory Theatre in Florida, Triad Stage (including two world premiere productions), and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, in North Carolina. Bradley was also on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Theatre Association in 2015-16.


Robert Marigza-Yeo, 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, TN, where she now lives after having moved here from NYC by way of LA. On the coasts, Carrie worked as an actor, fight choreographer, and stage combat teacher for over 15 years. 12 of those years were spent as full-time stage combat faculty at The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA).  She is also a singer and mom to her two amazing daughters, Octavia and Phoenix.

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Katie Bruno, Education Director

Katie is thrilled to be part of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival team where she’s able to combine her love and appreciation for Shakespeare and education. Katie earned a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami and went on to tour her home state of New York as an actor and educator with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. In Nashville, she continues to teach music, acting and movement to artists young and old. She loves to play ukulele and practice yoga. Katie continues to perform with several theater companies in town.


Franko Hashiguchi, Grant and Donor 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

Aside from her work with NSF, Laramie is 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

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.