Bradley Brown Named Managing Director of Nashville Shakespeare Festival
Bradley Brown has been named managing editor of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and will be responsible for the administrative and operational management of NSF and will oversee the its marketing, development and accounting.
Working in tandem with Denice Hicks, executive artistic director of Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Brown will help "to launch the company into a new phase of growth after its 30th anniversary season," according to a statement released this week by the NSF board of directors.
Throughout the past decade, Brown has 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 2013, he was awarded the English Speaking Union Shakespeare Educator Fellowship Award, which allowed him to train at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
A magna cum laude of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, with a B.S. degree in marketing, Brown won a competitive scholarship from the Nashville Advertising Federation. Brown earned his MFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
In addition to years of professional theatre experience - which includes performances for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival in The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Comedy of Errors - Brown has also been a teaching artist, musician,and assistant stage manager for NSF, and has worked as an actor for Blackbird Theatre and Springhouse Theater in Tennessee, Seaside Repertory Theatre in Florida, and at North Carolina's Triad Stage (including two world premiere productions), as well as the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.
"I am thrilled to be joining Nashville Shakespeare Festival," Brown says. "I have had the pleasure of working with NSF in a multitude of roles, and I am looking forward to working with everyone, especially Denice, in helping the Festival's continued growth in the Mid-South, both in programming and educational outreach. It's an exciting time to be at NSF."
"We are pleased to have Bradley Brown joining the leadership of NSF as managing director. Together with artistic director Denice Hicks and producer Robert Marigza-Yeo, we have a strong leadership team at NSF to expand our capacity to offer exciting and innovative theater and educational programming to Nashville and environs," says Marcia A. McDonald, chair of the board of directors of NSF.
"Bradley's breadth of experience, depth of knowledge, and extent of passion are just what The Nashville Shakespeare Festival needs to carry us into the next 30 years," says Denice Hicks. "The Festival is poised for growth and Bradley Brown is just the person we need driving us onward."
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival provides the region with high-quality professional theater and stellar educational programming that brings Shakespeare alive for audiences and for thousands of students. This year's Winter Shakespeare is Julius Caesar, directed by Santiago Sosa and featuring native Tennessean and Broadway veteran Chuck Wagner in the title role. The show runs January 10-February 2, 2019 in Nashville and Murfreesboro.
For further information about Nashville Shakespeare Festival, go to the company's website at www.nashvilleshakes.org.