The ambitious, progressive company, under the leadership of Matt Logan and Jake Speck, will also function as a hub for live music events, in addition to the reputable brand of theater that has been the organization's hallmark since its debut production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at the Loveless Barn in the fall of 2009.
Studio Tenn's initial gypsy phase ended when the organization took up residence at the Franklin Theatre in 2011, though the company has performed on occasion at other outside venues, including TPAC and a memorable production of 12 Angry Men at the Historic Williamson County Courthouse. (Coming this spring, they'll perform a brief run of Les Miserables at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.) The Factory's Jamison Hall, a multi-purpose event facility, will be Studio Tenn's performance space for the start-up, with expansion plans for the future.
This move further reinforces The Factory as a major theatrical destination. Since 2001, the Boiler Room Theatre has been in residence there, presenting a musical-heavy lineup of shows. The BRT venue has been undergoing serious renovations of its own recently, and the company returns to form in May with refurbished front-of-house and backstage areas plus upgraded tech facilities.