Sarah Kennedy – Artistic Director
Sarah’s desire to share her love of theatre and create opportunities with children is rooted in the marked lack of theatrical exposure in her own childhood. Despite participating in a large number of afterschool activities including gymnastics, cheerleading, chorus, youth group and other scholastic clubs there was not a theatre class or club offered at her school. It was not until her first semester at Lipscomb University that she was offered the chance to audition for an improv group. Her first theatrical “performance” was to over 20,000 students in a campus-wide assembly. After that she began taking classes in drama and play production and sought out theatre opportunities in her home town. Upon finding a newspaper article for an upcoming audition, she became heavily involved in the Maury County Arts Guild in Columbia, TN, quickly moving from a performer to serve on the Performing Arts Committee assisting with the oversight of show selection, auditions and general standard of performing events, serving the Teen Arts Guild as a mentor for kid and teen actors and helping guide their all-teen productions, and join the Board of Directors at age 21 as the Event Coordinator, as well as performing many administrative and marketing duties. Her theatrical resume grew to include skills in show coordination, lighting & sound, stage management, costuming and dance captain. Favorite roles include Princess Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress (Best Actress in a Leading Role), Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, Delilah in Father of the Bride, Gaston’s Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast (Best Actress in a Cameo Appearance with Shelby Bray and Emily Risley) and as the director of 12 Angry Men. Following the dissolution of MCAG Sarah has worked with the costume department at Columbia State Community College’s Commercial Entertainment Program, worked as an intern in the Costume Department at the Cumberland County Playhouse, helped create characters, personas and develop improv scripts for actors as the Zombie Paintball Manager at Miller’s Thrillers Haunted Woods and served as the Company Stage Manager for the Children’s Ballet Theatre in Spring Hill. She realized that her greatest satisfaction came in teaching and creating performance opportunities for children as the Founding Managing Director at the middle Tennessee affiliate of Christian Youth Theatre in Franklin and Nashville (2012-2015). Taking a break in 2016 to prepare for the birth of her son Benjamin, Sarah is now excited to create the chance for the kids and teens of Spring Hill to learn about performing and technical theatre.