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Executive Leadership

Noah E. Spiegel
Managing Director

Ernie Nolan
Executive Artistic Director

Administrative Staff

Steve Bianchi
Interim Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Catherine Birdsong
Education Booking Manager

Amanda Card
Patron Services Coordinator

Reed Hummell  
Director of Development

Bob Roberts
Front of House Manager

Lake Summar
Development and Marketing Manager

Artistic Staff

Daniel Brewer
Company Stage Manager

Scott Leathers
Resident Lighting Designer

Alex Useted
Technical Director

Tim Cobb
Assistant Technical Director

Rachael Silverman
Properties Master/Scenic Artist

Patricia Taber
Resident Costume Designer

Randi Wiesjahn
Costume Assistant

Education Staff

Alicia Fuss
Director of Education

Colin Peterson
Education Program Manager

Teaching Artists Aleta Myles, Amanda Card, Becky Wahlstrom, Catherine Birdsong, Colin Peterson, Eric D. Pasto-Crosby, Jon Royal , Kara Y. Kindall, Kelsie Craig, Lauren Jones, Megan Bleil, Melissa Husebo, Meredith Locke Daniel, Nat McIntyre, Patrick Waller, Rachel Hansen, Riley Braem, Rona Carter, Shawn Knight, Shawn Whitsell, Tiana Turner 

Noah E. Spiegel, Managing Director, joined the staff of Nashville Children’s Theatre as Managing Director in January 2017. Previously, Mr. Spiegel served as the Executive Director of Nashville Opera where he eliminated the organization’s accrued debt, increased contributed revenues by over 30%, and increased government funding by 5%. Recognized as an innovator in community engagement strategies, Noah’s work brought together diverse agencies to deliver compelling civic enrichment programs with results beyond the scope of one agency working on its own, such as developing the nation’s first sensory friendly opera program for children on the autism spectrum. A committed advocate for equitable access to the arts, Noah was a member of the inaugural “REAL: Racial Equity in Arts Leadership” cadre, and built meaningful relationships with minority and economically disadvantaged communities that dramatically expanded engagement. His work was recognized by the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce with their 2015 Leadership in the Arts award. Prior to coming to Nashville, for eight seasons, he served as the Director of Production for Tulsa Opera following a high-profile stage management career including theatre, ballet, symphony and opera productions at some of the nation’s leading arts institutions. He has spoken at or served on panels for the NEA, OPERA America, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Arts and Business Council of Nashville, and Americans for the Arts. He is the President of the Board of Tennesseans for the Arts, and co-chair of Nashville Arts Coalition. He has served on the boards of the Stage Manager’s Association, Oklahoma BizPac, and Oklahomans for Equality. He is a member of American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), Society of Human Resource Administrators national and Middle Tennessee chapters. In addition to his agency leadership, he operates a private consulting practice implementing best practices for nonprofits, and is affiliated with Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville. He attended the University of Southern Maine, where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre, and received his master’s in fine arts in stage management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ernie Nolan is an award-winning playwright, director, and choreographer based in Chicago. He received the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2014 award for Excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences. As former Artistic Director of Emerald City Theatre, he helped create The Little Theatre, the nation’s first performance space dedicated exclusively to interactive and immersive theatrical experiences for early theatre goers ages five and under. Nolan’s work as a playwright has been featured both nationally and internationally. He has adapted and directed such storybook favorites as If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, If You Take a Mouse to School, Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, and The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle. His work at The Broadway Playhouse includes A Charlie Brown Christmas, Fancy Nancy The Musical, Pinkalicious, The Cat in the Hat, Cinderella, Charlotte’s Web, and the world premiere of Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat, written in collaboration with GRAMMY nominated recording artist Justin Roberts. As resident artist of The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO, Nolan has directed and choreographed world premieres by such Tony-nominated artists as Willy and Rob Reale, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and Bill Russell and Henry Krieger. For Chicago Playworks he has directed The BFG, The Giver, The Witches, A Wrinkle in Time, Number the Stars, The Day John Henry Came to School, Peter Pan and Wendy, and The Kid Who Ran for President. In March 2012, Ernie made his Off-Broadway debut as a choreographer with Lucky Duck at the New Victory Theatre. Nolan is currently the International Representative for TYA USA to ASSITEJ, a global theatre for young audiences service organization. With his appointment at NCT, he is leaving his position as Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at The Theatre School. He is a proud graduate of both the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program (BFA Musical Theatre) and The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA Directing).