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ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

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Daniel Jones (Producing Artistic Director) 

Daniel  is a Nashville-based producer, dramaturg, writer, and director passionate about facilitating creative storytelling, diverse narratives, and shared live arts experiences that ignite social change. In 2022, the Nashville Scene named him “Best Advocate for Artists." 

 

As the Co-Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Kindling Arts, Daniel has worked with hundreds of Nashville-based artists to launch 80+ unique artistic experiences in the past seven years. Among programming highlights, in 2022, Daniel co-conceived and co-directed the world premiere of The Naughty Tree, a queering of the Garden of Eden myth developed in collaboration with playwright River Timms and theatrical rock band Fable Cry. The unique interdisciplinary production was named “Best Local Theater Production” by the Nashville Scene in 2022. Later that year, Kindling Arts Festival celebrated five years of programming with a record turn-out, more than doubling attendance and ticket sales from any previous year -- and last year’s 2023 Festival also broke records. 

 

Daniel is also the Manager of Artistic Programming at OZ Arts Nashville, where he has supported hundreds of artists and performers from around the world, including artists from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Brazil, Japan, Chile, South Africa, and more. He also works closely with Nashville artists as they develop new works and realize their visions in the organization's unique creative warehouse. Daniel serves on the boards of TN Presenters and Nashville Arts Coalition. He was chosen as one of three arts administrators in the Southeast for a fellowship with the International Society for the Performing Arts (2023-2025).

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Jessika Malone (Founding Artistic Director)

Jessika is a Nashville-born creative producer, director, deviser, teacher, and mischief-maker, specializing in new work that radically reimagines what is possible in live performance. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Kindling Arts, where she works to empower Nashville's independent artists through practical support, resource-sharing, and a community that fosters cooperation and inclusion.

She has been named a “serious theatrical talent” by the Nashville Scene and productions under her direction have been hailed as “fascinating and mesmerizing” [Broadway World] and “guaranteed to keep you talking long after the lights come up” [The Tennessean] as well as “guaranteed to provide an experience that will last way beyond the current season. Maybe well on into the century” [Nashville Scene].

Jessika has previously served as Producing Director of Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas and is a co-founder of the Sideshow Fringe Festival (named one of CNN’s “Most Intriguing US Festivals”). She received her MFA in directing from Illinois State University and her BA in Theatre from Belmont University. She has twice been named the Fred Coe Artist-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. [www.jessikamalone.com]

Jaclyn Johnson Tidwell

President
Dir
ector of Operations & Strategic Initiatives Initiatives
at
the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

Hayley Rose Maurer

Vice President

Theatre-Maker, Community Advocate

Brittaney Baker

Secretary
Assistant Director of Equity & Immersion at Vanderbilt University

Ed.D Candidate for Higher Education Leadership & Policy Curriculum

Emmanuel LeGrair

Treasurer
Community Engagement & Development at RH Boyd Publishing
Founder & Editor of The Commonwealth

Colette Divine

Actor & Singer and
Owner & CEO of Red Carpet Joy Dogs

Sean Harrah-Siple

Field Operations Organizational Development & Communications Consultant at HCA Healthcare

Thea Jones

Director of Community Engagement at OZ Arts and Founder of Skylark Creative Alliance

James Kyson

TV & Film Actor

Liz Josey

Director of Operations at Leadership Nashville

Leah Lowe

Professor and Director of the Curb Center for Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University

Sarah Saturday

Lead Artist of Gardening, Not Architecture and Application Engineer at HCA Healthcare

CK Stone

Visual Artist and Former Partner at 
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva

Performing Artist, Writer, and Actor

Sam Wible

Studio Leader, Hastings Architecture

Board of Directors


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