2017 Annual Conference

Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville College  |  Maryville, TN

2017 Festival Results

TTA Distinguished Service Award 2018 Recipient

Steve Gwilt

TTA Scholarship Winners

Winner – Luca Conti, Christian Brothers High School
1st Runner Up - Brianna Guydon, Stewarts Creek High School
2nd Runner Up - Meredith Binkley, Wilson Central High School

Winner - Corinne Fann, Stewarts Creek High School
1st Runner Up - Meg Corley, Signal Mountain High School

Theatre for Youth Festival

Tim Mooney, Breakneck Hamlet

Secondary School Festival

First Place: Montgomery Bell Academy, Animal Farm
Second Place: Nolensville High School, Medea
Technical Achievement – Animal Farm, Montgomery Bell Academy
Best Ensemble – Selkie, Stewarts Creek High School
Best Direction – Failure: A Love Story, Nashville School of the Arts
Best Actor – John Powell Cooper – Animal Farm, Montgomery Bell Academy
Best Actress - Kat Just – Medea- Nolensville High School
Best Supporting Actor – Daniel Ward – Eurydice, Christian Brothers High School
Best Supporting Actress – Ryleigh Delassu – Anatomy of Grey, South Gibson County High School
All Star Cast
Selkie – Will Welch and Ian Hamilton, Stewarts Creek High School
As It Is in heaven – Jamey Ryan and Kala Morris, Collierville High School
Frogs – Ben Adams and Grace Eades, Providence Christian Academy
Wax Fruit – Jade Thomas and Beth Martin, Gibbs High School
Anatomy of Grey – Bradon Estes and Will Deloach, South Gibson County High Scool
Goodbye to the Clown – Augusta Westhoff, Notre Dame High School
Failure a Love Story – Aines Jeffers, Miranda Nelson and Zoe Jones, Nashville School of the Arts
Almost Maine – Trey Moore and Austin Boyd, Oakland High School
This Is a Test – Sam Martin and Sarah Beth Barlow, Wilson Central High School
Medea (Cordova)- Charmar Tate and J’ohn Davis, Cordova High School
Medea (Nolensville) Maggie Feduccia and Antonio Ahanj, Nolensville High School
Cheaters - Zachanah Dupree and Christian Loithle, Cleveland High School
Eurydice –Andrew Mays, Christopher Blake, Christian Brothers High School
Drive In – Krossman Brown and Philip Chin, Madison Academic Magnet High School

2017 Guest Artist


Originally from Flint, Michigan, Nate Eppler is a playwright and new play advocate currently serving as Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. His plays include THE ICE TREATMENT, GOOD MONSTERS, LARRIES, and LONG WAY DOWN. His plays have been produced in New York City, Nashville, London, and LA. Recently he was honored as a finalist for the 2017 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and was named the winner of the 2017 Elizabeth M. Osborn New Play Award. Mr. Eppler is a vocal advocate for new artists and new works in the American theatre with an emphasis on developing the creative capacity of his adopted hometown of Nashville. 

In addition to his work as a playwright, Mr. Eppler serves as Director of the Nashville Repertory Theatre Ingram New Works Project, a nationally recognized and locally valued program designed to empower new voices in the American theatre with transformative support and expand the creative capacity of the city by connecting artists and audiences across extraordinary new works. Under his leadership the program has developed over fifty new plays for the stage including works by Donald Margulies, Doug Wright, and Christopher Durang. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Mr. Eppler is represented by The Gersh Agency.