Addition comes as nonprofit recognizes 30 years of operations
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors has named Bradley Brown as managing director.
According to a release, Brown (pictured) will work in tandem with NSF Executive Artistic Director Denice Hicks and will oversee the administrative and operational management of the festival and its marketing, development and accounting departments. The position is new to the nonprofit.
His hiring comes as the NSF, founded in 1988, celebrates its 30th anniversary season.
Over the last 10 years, Brown has led theater programs at Hillsboro IB World School and Page Middle School. He was awarded PTSO Educator of the Year at Hillsboro for the 2012-13 school year, as well as HHS Teacher of the Year in 2013-14. In 2013, he was awarded the English Speaking Union Shakespeare Educator Fellowship Award in 2011, affording him the opportunity to train at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Brown’s professional theater experience 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.” He 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 Triad Stage and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, in North Carolina.
Brown graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. degree in marketing. At TTU, he won several accolades, including competitive scholarships from the Nashville Advertising Federation. Brown also has an MFA degree in acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
“We are pleased to have Bradley Brown joining the leadership of NSF as managing director,” Dr. Marcia McDonald, NSF board chair, said in the release. “Together with Denice Hicks and Producer Robert Marigza-Yeo, we have a strong leadership team to expand our capacity to offer exciting and innovative theater and educational programming.”
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Winter Shakespeare performance will be “Julius Caesar,” directed by Santiago Sosa and featuring Broadway’s Chuck Wagner in the title role. The show will run Jan. 10 to Feb 2, 2019, in Nashville and Murfreesboro.