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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. He is currently the Artistic Associate at OZ Arts Nashville and the Producing Director of Kindling Arts Festival, where he facilitates the development and production of local interdisciplinary works. His local producing credits include Fall 2017's sold-out premiere of HAUNTED (First Night's Theatrical Event of the Year), a multi-media immersive experience inspired by the deadliest train crash in American history, and the 2017 Sideshow Fringe Festival. His directing credits include Suzan-Lori Parks's In the Blood and an original adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

A native of Knoxville, TN, Jones received his BA in Theatre Studies and Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College in Boston. He has since worked with ArtsEmerson, the Boston Book Festival, ArtsBoston and Whistler in the Dark Theatre in various producing or marketing/development positions. He also spent a year as the Theatre Lit Agent Assisant to Di Glazer at ICM Partners in New York, and has served in marketing roles with human services organizations like YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee and the Thembalitsha Foundation, based in South Africa's Western Cape.

Jessika Malone (Founding Artistic Director)

Jessika is a Nashville-born producer, director, deviser, teacher, and mischief-maker. 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 was co-conceiver and director of HAUNTED, a site-specific performance responding to the deadliest train crash in American history (Nashville’s Theatrical Event of the Year, 2017). She is the Producing Director of Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas, a co-founder of the Sideshow Fringe Festival, and previously served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Actors Bridge Ensemble. She received her MFA in directing from Illinois State University and her BA in Theatre from Belmont University.[]

Jaclyn Johnson Tidwell

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

Hayley Rose Maurer

Vice President

Theatre-Maker, Community Advocate

Brittaney Baker

Assistant Director of Equity & Immersion at Vanderbilt University

Ed.D Candidate for Higher Education Leadership & Policy Curriculum

Emmanuel LeGrair

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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