Crew & Creative Team:
Stage Manager / 1st Asst. Director: Alexis LaVon
Alexis is an arts enthusiast who grew up in Nashville by way of Chicago. She has numerous productions to her credit and has worked with the following companies in Nashville: Sista Style Productions; Kennie’s Playhouse Theatre; The American Negro Playwright Theatre; Destiny Theatre Experience; Dream 7 Productions; Circle Players; Street Theatre; Nashville Children's Theatre; Tennessee Women’s Theater Project; and Chaffin's Barn. She loves her work as a Stage Manager and her most recent ventures into the Film Industry as 1st AD. She is happy to be working with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival for these fantastic productions. "Hugs and Kisses to our team - Love you guys so much! Audiences - Enjoy the Show! Instagram: @lexbiz77
Asst. Stage Manager / COVID Safety: Kilby Elisabeth Yarborough
Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough is native Memphian, pleased to return to Nashville Shakes after serving as Assistant Stage Manager for Macbeth, The Tempest, and Pericles. Before COVID necessitated cancellation, she was slated to appear as Isabella in Measure for Measure with New Moon Theatre Company in Memphis. Previous performance credits include: As You Like It (Amiens) and Julius Caesar (Portia) with Tennessee Shakespeare Company; The Nature of Captivity (Lulu) with Chatterbox Audio Theatre in Memphis; and The Drowning Girls (Bessie) with Fourth Wall Down in St. Louis.
Director / Editor ROMEO & JULIET: Denice Hicks
Executive Artistic Director Denice Hicks has been working for The Nashville Shakespeare Festival since 1990 as an actor, director, teaching artist, and administrator. Raised in Lenni, PA, she made her stage debut at the age of five. Educated at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, she moved to Nashville in 1980 to perform at Opryland USA. 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, she has edited, directed, and acted in over 70 productions of Shakespeare’s works, developed and facilitated workshops for students of all ages and designed and implemented the NSF Apprentice Company Training program, Shakespeare Allowed, and Pop-Upright Shakespeare. She has been a guest lecturer at many universities and with the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad program for three weeks in Stratford-Upon-Avon and London. She has also been a Teaching Artist for the Leonard Bernstein Center, Nashville Institute for the Arts, the Folger Shakespeare Library Institute, and TPACed.
Director / Editor A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: Katie Bruno
Katie is a Nashville-based professional actor, musician, and teaching artist. She serves as the Director of Education at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and loves sharing theatre and Shakespeare with students of all ages. Katie is a graduate of the University of Miami in Florida, and continues to practice and study with teachers Sam Ashdown and Corey Parker.
Director of Photography & Editor: Anthony Popolo
Anthony is a Nashville filmmaker, photographer, scenic, and lighting designer. Film projects include co-directing, cinematography and editing for Nashville Opera’s One Vote Won, Nashville Opera’s Opera Jukebox; Cinematography for Hell or High Water – The Story of the Nashville Rollergirls. He is the live performance film archivist for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Nashville Opera. Scenic design projects include Act Too Pro’s Matilda, Mary Poppins, Boiler Room Theatre’s Urinetown, Next to Normal, Assassins, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, The Rocky Horror Show. In his spare time, Anthony is the owner and Creative Director for Sunnyside Entertainment, specializing in visual communication.
Lighting & Sound Op / Metro Parks Liaison: Samuel Frazee
Sam Frazee is a Nashville musician that loves retro and world music. Playing guitar and upright bass, he loves to see the audience light up when they hear an old favorite. Sam has always been a theater fan and enjoys playing for musicals and leading youth improv workshops. He serves as the supervisor for the Metro Parks Music and Theater departments. Relishing all things technical, he is excited to be running sound and lights for Nashville Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His new hobby is amateur radio and he is known by his call sign KO4KGE.
Costumes / Props: Denese Kelly
Denese Kelley is a local freelance costume designer, wardrober/wardrobe stylist, and seamstress. She works for a couple of local fashion designers here in Nashville and has been designing costumes for local professional and community theaters throughout Nashville, as well as high school theater productions and dance productions. She is married and has four children and four grandchildren. She is thrilled to be back working with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, meeting new people, and seeing some familiar faces again! She’s very excited and honored to be working on this project with NSF.
Composer / Music Director: Rolin Mains
Rolin Mains has been a self-employed musician for over 25 years. He has played keyboards on national concert tours, recorded in studios from Indiana to Nashville, produced concerts for shows at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in NYC, conducted/music directed for musical theater in Nashville and NYC, and has composed music for non-musical theatrical productions and feature films. He was named "Best Music Director" by the Nashville Scene in 2011.
Fight Director R & J: Carrie Brewer
Carrie has worked as a fight choreographer and stage combat teacher in NY, LA, and Nashville for over 20 years. Choreography credits include: Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Romeo & Juliet (Winter Shakes and Edu tour) and Macbeth (Co-FD); A Streetcar Named Desire for Nashville Repertory Theatre. In NY: Classic Stage Co., Women’s Project & Productions, Cherry Lane, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Boomerang, and PS 122. Carrie had the privilege of teaching stage combat at AMDA New York and AMDA L.A. for a total of 12 years and also has also taught at the Yale School of Drama, NYU, School for Film & TV, Broadway Classroom, and the Open Jar Institute among others.