Twelve Angry Jurors Creative Team

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Managing Artistic Director
Melanie Sutton
Melanie has over 15 years experience in upper school theatre education here in Franklin, building a thriving Performing Arts department from the ground up. In her past, Melanie studied, performed, and assistant directed at the highly acclaimed Stratford Playhouse in Houston, TX, winning a regional "Best Actress" award for her role in The Diary of Anne Frank. She has directed over 25 plays and musicals in her career, including most recently a TPAC Spotlight-Award winning production of "Grease." Other favorites she has directed or starred in include: "West Side Story", "The Boys Next Door", "Steel Magnolias", Disney's "Newsies", "Tuck Everlasting", and many more. This marks her second time directing the incredible piece "Twelve Angry Jurors." Melanie's desire to love and serve her community, to raise up the next generation of great artists and citizens, and to produce excellent theatrical experiences, all came together in her unique vision for Franklin Theatre Fellowship. She can't wait to share beautifully-told stories that bring people together - starting with this one. Melanie and her husband Ryan (a record producer and mix engineer), have two amazing sons- Jackson & Matthew- and love living in Franklin, TN after first meeting here nearly 20 years ago! When she's not making theatre happen, you'll catch her seeing shows & concerts, trying new restaurants, or being at baseball and basketball games for her kids. Lots. And Lots. Of Games.
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Stage Manager
Annika Drury
Annika is so excited to be working on Franklin Theatre Fellowship's production of Twelve Angry Jurors. She is going into her second year as a design and production student at University of North Carolina School of the Arts specializing in stage properties, but has a love for all areas of technical theatre. She has worked in several different positions on shows from carpenter to electrician to stage manager, truly enjoying the work of it all. While she loves spending the majority of the year in North Carolina for school, Annika is thrilled to be able to spend this summer living and working in her home state.
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Set Designer
Jim Manning
Jim Manning is delighted to be part of Franklin Theatre Fellowship's inaugural show. He is the Technical Theater teacher at University School of Nashville and has designed sets for several theater groups, including Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Street Theatre Company, and Stagedoor Manor in New York. As a director, some favorite shows include Newsies, Angels in America, and Peter and the Starcatcher. He has developed several original works, including the immersive theater piece The World's a Stage and a dance show entitled Violent Delights. He is currently developing a new work based on Midsummer Night's Dream that is under the working name "Perchance to Dream."
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Lighting Designer
Samantha Weisner
Samantha is excited to be working on Twelve Angry Jurors! Sam is a Brooklyn, NY based Lighting Designer and Associate LD. Design credits include: The Wedding Singer (Wagon Wheel, IN), Last Romance (Cortland Rep, NY), Kinky Boots (Interlakes Summer Theater, NH), and upcoming: Jekyll & Hyde (TimberLake Playhouse, IL). Associate/ Assistant Credits include: Mystic Pizza (La Mirada Theatre, CA), Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), Tick Tick...Boom (George Street Playhouse, NJ).
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Executive Producer
Ben Gregg
Ben Gregg is an actor and local entrepreneur. In his early 30's, Ben found a love for the stage, performing in several shows for the Auburn Avenue Dinner Theatre and Gig Harbor Playhouse in Washington state. His favorite roles included "Joseph" in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", and leads in productions of "Guys & Dolls" and "Sound of Music." After moving to Franklin, he eventually stepped away from theatre and into the business world. Ben is currently the owner and CEO of an insurance company here. He is excited to combine his entrepreneurial spirit and resources with his love for theatre in launching FTF.