Hey, my father has a barn…
Not one but two new theatre spaces to play in!
by Jim Reyland
Depending upon whom you ask, you’ll hear a variety of ideas on what it takes to produce quality theatre. Some will say you need a great script delivered by wonderful actors with an amazing set. Others will speak about strong direction and a comprehensive marketing plan. The truth is that you need all these things, but none of them are necessary if you don’t have a place to play. You need a theatre space. You need a place to go and set up lights. Fortunately, Music City’s long-suffered lack of ready theatre spaces has just gotten a little better. Two arts organizations, Actors Bridge Ensemble, and Metro Parks, have recently acquired new spaces to further support our ever-growing theatre arts community.
Actors Bridge Ensemble, a long-standing part of Nashville’s theatre arts scene, has set up their new studio at LeQuire Gallery at 4304 Charlotte Avenue. LeQuire Gallery is owned by Alan and Andrée LeQuire. Alan is best known for his colossal sculptures Athena Parthenos, the largest indoor sculpture in the Western hemisphere, and Musica, one of the largest bronze figure groups in the world. Actors Bridge Studio at LeQuire Gallery will house acting classes, rehearsals, First Time Story Nights, and Act Like a GRRRL workshops. Their professional theatre season will continue to take place at the Belmont University Troutt Theater complex and at the Darkhorse Theater.
“We have spent more than a decade at Neuhoff in Germantown. We loved being pioneers in the neighborhood along with Lori and Roger from the Nashville Jazz Workshop. While we will miss our Neuhoff family, we are so excited to be joining the amazing creative vibe happening on Charlotte,” said producing artistic director Vali Forrister.
Carolyn German and her amazing team over at the Metro Nashville Parks Music and Theater Department have also announced a new theatre space. The Centennial Black Box Theater, with fifty-six seats theatre style or thirty-three seats cabaret style, is located inside Centennial Park, in the Centennial Arts Activity Center. It is designed specifically to serve small audiences with unique performing arts opportunities, including play readings, avant-garde music experiences, intimate theatre offerings, vocal cabarets and much more. Carolyn says, “We currently create our own programming and bring in outside offerings. We anticipate that by early 2014 we will have the ability to rent the space for other organizations to use.” Updates and latest show information can be found at www.nashville.gov.
Actors Bridge offers ongoing actor training in the Meisner Technique plus supplementary classes in audition technique, acting for the camera, and voice and movement. Classes have begun at the Charlotte location. To see the Actors Bridge studio visit www.vimeo.com/72199407.