Spread the Fire

Kindling Arts is a radically unique arts incubator and accelerator embracing exciting original and experimental performance developed outside existing institutions. With an emphasis on innovative process, the Kindling Arts Festival will showcase interdisciplinary collaborations in surprising spaces, defying genre and cultivating authentic new aesthetics. 

Kindling Arts Festival empowers diverse local performers with the space and supporting resources required to take daring creative risks and explore challenging ideas.

About the Team

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.[www.jessikamalone.com]

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jaclyn Johnson Tidwell

President
Former Director of Programs & Community Initiatives at Arts & Business Council

and Community Engagement Manager at Victory Gardens Theater

Brittaney Baker

Secretary
Program Coordinator, Immersion at Vanderbilt University

Ed.D Candidate for Higher Education Leadership & Policy Curriculum

Andrew Long

Treasurer
Owner & CEO, Head Financial Advisor at e3 Wealth Nashville

Lindsey Beetam

Development Officer, Belmont University

Abel Muñoz

Lead Research Specialist, Music City Prep Clinic

Hayley Rose Maurer

Theatre-Maker, Community Advocate

James Sperring

Attorney / Member, Cumberland Litigation, PLLC

CK Stone

Partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva

Performing Artist, Writer, and Actor

Sam Wibble

Studio Leader, Hastings Architecture