Tennessee Playwrights Studio Announces Directors for June and August Shows

Tennessee Playwrights Studio has announced the following directors for their upcoming June and August productions:


Stephanie Houghton – Darkhorse Theatre, June 16-26, 2022 – Co-produced by TPS and Angela Gimlin

Stephanie Houghton fell in love with theater in high school and starred in numerous high school and college productions in her hometown of Missouri. After graduating from college, she moved to New York and became involved behind the scenes as the director of the Folding Chair Classical Theater company, which produced classic plays and modern adaptations of classic stories. She moved to Nashville in 2012 and founded the Gadabout Theater Company in 2014, where she continues to direct numerous productions. Gadabout brings theater to people who don’t know they love theater – unconventional, often comedic performances presented in non-traditional settings.


Molly Breen – Darkhorse Theatre, from June 17 to 25, 2022

Molly Breen co-founded Tennessee Playwrights Studio, with her partner, Kenley Smith 2018. As an actress, she has worked with Nashville-area theater companies in over 40 productions, as well as performing with SistaStyle Productions in plays in New York, DC, Birmingham, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Recent (and favorite!) roles include Jenny-Wanda Barkmann in MAIDENS (by Kenley Smith), Lady Capulet in VIOLENT DELIGHTS (by Jim Manning) and Single Woman C in the play and feature film SINGLEVILLE (from Mary McCallum). She volunteers as a neurotypical actor with Tandem Troupe, an acting troupe for adults with disabilities at Friends Life Community and enjoys creating roles in new plays and working on projects that have social impact and/or contain content. stimulating material. She is represented by the McCray Agency for film, television and commercial work.


Jodie Mowrey – Darkhorse Theatre, June 17-25, 2022

Jodie Mowrey has danced all her life and sung for half of it. She started with the pre-professional company of Evansville Dance Theater in Indiana, where she performed several roles, including the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. From there, she continued her dance education at Interlochen Arts Academy, a boarding school for the arts in northern Michigan. There she choreographed and performed in multiple ballet, modern and jazz productions. A graduate of the Young Artist Award in Dance and honorable mentions in modern dance and choreography at the national ARTS competition, she went to Ohio State University. After a year as a modern dance major, she took a long break from dancing, started studying singing, and built a career in digital marketing. After earning an MBA from Columbia Business School and receiving their first marketing award, she worked at advertising agencies in New York, Indiana and Nashville. Once established in her new career, she was able to reintegrate teaching dance, choreography and theatrical performance into her life. She served as a church soloist in Indiana and Nashville, choreographed several high school and community musicals, led dance ensembles, and taught ballet and modern dance. She continues to train seasoned dancers to perfect their craft and performs regularly with The Dancer Project. In Nashville, she choreographed for Circle Players, Act 1, and her own group of dancers.

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Alicia Haymer – Darkhorse Theater, from August 19 to September 4, 2022

Alicia is always excited when the opportunity to do another exciting job presents itself. She has had the pleasure of conducting with the Actor’s Bridge Ensemble, Street Theater Company, Nashville Story Garden, Kindling Arts Festival and Nashville Repertory Theatre. Alicia has also done development work with Tennessee Playwrights Studio, Destiny Theater Experience, and MTSU’s In Process: A Creative Writing Series. In addition to directing, Alicia is also a mentor for the Young Voices Competition, a monologue competition using the work of contemporary black writers. Alicia is always grateful for any opportunity to express herself with creative authenticity.

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