Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot: LYNN YATES

May 13
7:54 PM 2012


Who's who in Tennessee theater? Sometimes, without a program in your hand, it's difficult to know who's playing whom-hence, our newest feature: Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot...featuring some of the Volunteer State's best-known-or soon-to-be-known all over the freakin' world-thespians. And have you ever wondered who the amazing photographers are who make them look so damn good? We're gonna tell ya…

Today's actor/subject/model is the beautiful, talented and very busy Lynn Yates, photographed by Nora Canfield (www.msdigphotography.com).

Lynn Yates is a longtime local actress who returned to the stage in 2010 after a 20-year absence to raise two sons. A corporate communications consultant and voice-over professional, Yates explains that for her, acting is free therapy. While most of her performances have been  in corporate videos and commercial television, Lynn says there's nothing like the thrill of live theatre.

"The moment I step onstage, all of my worries, the day's stresses, and life's complications disappear. It's an amazing way to channel negative energy into something positive, and hopefully beautiful, so that others can forget their troubles, too."

Her new beginning started with Circle Players' production of To Kill a Mockingbird in early 2010, and since has continued with a variety of roles. Favorite characters include Bernice, the tipsy lyricist, in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, author Crane Hammond (Exit the Body), and Nita Mooney (The Hallelujah Girls).

Lynn is preparing for a variety of upcoming auditions at Nashville-area theatres. "There are so many wonderful local venues with amazingly talented performers and directors-I want to work with as many as I can."

She just finished a 13-year run as the spokesperson for HealthBreak, TriStar Hospital's health minute series airing on Nashville's WSMV-Channel 4.

Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot: LYNN YATES

Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot: LYNN YATES

Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot: LYNN YATES

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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.

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