Teaching Artist Roster

Denice Hicks (NSF Artistic Director) has been working for the Festival since 1990. Educated at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, she moved to Nashville in 1980 to perform at Opryland. She was an original company member of Tennessee Repertory Theatre and was among the founders of the Darkhorse Theater and of People’s Branch Theatre. She has worked as a Teaching Artist for Kids On Stage, the Nashville Institute for the Arts and TPACed, and was a Design Consultant for the Leonard Bernstein Center.  An Ingram Fellowship award winner, and advocate for Arts in Education, she has edited and directed touring productions of Shakespeare’s works, developed and facilitated workshops for students of all ages and designed and implemented the Nashville Shakes Apprentice Company Training and Shakespeare Allowed! programming. She has been a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt U., Belmont U., Oklahoma City U., Bethel U.and Austin Peay U., served as a Teaching Artist for the Folger Shakespeare Library Institute, is a regional judge for the English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition and is currently serving on the Arts, Media and Communication Partnership Council for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. 


Nat McIntyre Nashville credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Nashville Shakespeare Festival); Othello (The Nashville Shakespeare Festival); As You LIke It (The Nashville Shakespeare Festival); Frost/Nixon (Studio Tenn); The Diary of Anne Frank & Becky Shaw (Actor’s Bridge); Director: End Days (FDR). Broadway: War Horse (Lincoln Center). Some Shakespeare credits include: Othello (Epic Theatre Ensemble); Macbeth (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Othello (Shakespeare on The Sound); Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well, Pericles, Much Ado & Hamlet (The Old Globe); The Merchant of Venice, Troilus and Cressida, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth, Much Ado, & Winter’s Tale (The Boston Publick). His original work includes The Jewish Independent & Jester’s Dead (A Top Gun Shakespeare mash-up performed at The PIT in NYC); TV and Film: Devious Maids, Law & Order: CI, The Good Wife, & Elementary. Nat graduated with an MFA in acting from The Old Globe.


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 has a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Belmont University, and has been performing around the city of Nashville in various productions with the Nashville Repertory Theatre, and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. She also works as a Teaching Artist for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.