New Works are vital to the growth of our art form and to the growth of our local community. New voices mean new listeners - Audiences and Artists connected and engaged in the reciprocal exchange that is at the heart of a flourishing theatre. We're proud to say Nashville is a place where new work for the theatre can thrive.
Last season saw more new works produced in Nashville than in any previous season and next season promises even more. The Ten Minute Playhouse is proud to be a small part of the wave of new works for the theatre in Middle Tennessee.
The Ten Minute Playhouse is a two-night staged reading event featuring short plays by emerging voices from Nashville and Middle Tennessee. New short plays are produced and read aloud by volunteer artists in front of an audience that provides guided feedback to the authors. Beyond being an opportunity to see new work, or to hear your work aloud in front of an audience, it's an opportunity to join the larger community of playwrights and theatre artists in Middle Tennessee.
Curated by Lauren Shouse, Christopher Bosen, Nate Eppler, Garret Schneider, & Rebekah Durham the event is organized to produce original plays, promote new works for the theatre and to foster conversation and dynamic engagement between artist and audience.
We encourage you to be a part of the conversation.
After receiving a master’s degree in performance studies from the University of N.C.-Chapel Hill, Ms. Shouse spent a year in London. There she worked as production executive for The Night of 1000 Voices in the Royal Albert Hall starring John Kander and Joel Grey. Locally, she directed Religion and Rubber Ducks for Ovvio Arte (Best new play in Nashville Scene 2008), Parallel Lives, Chess in Concert and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Best musical Nashville Scene 2010) for Street Theatre Company, Rear Widow (Best new play Broadwayworld.com 2010) for Chaffin’s Barn Theatre, Long Way Down for 3Ps Productions and A Christmas Story for Tennessee Rep. She will direct A Christmas Story and Superior Donuts in the 2011–2012 season. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Directing at Northwestern University in Chicago.
A Nashville-based actor since 2006, Chris has performed with Tennessee Repertory Theatre (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; Ruined; Ingram New Works Project); Nashville Children's Theatre (Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure); Blackbird Theatre (Magic and Pacific Overtures), Street Theatre Company, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, and others. He is currently a Nashville Shakespeare Festival teaching artist, & was elected to the Tennessee Theatre Association Board in 2013. During a yearlong apprenticeship at the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chris studied with Jon Jory, Anne Bogart, and members of the SITI Company, and premiered an original one-person show. While living in Los Angeles, he was a member of the ComedySportz L.A. Sunday Team, advanced through The Groundlings training program, and studied sketch writing with SecondCity LA.
Nate Eppleris a playwright and teaching artist based in the southeastern United States. His plays include Keeping Up With the Joneses(official selection of the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival, Runner-Up National Student Playwriting Award, Larry Riley Rising Star Award, and Chattanooga Theatre Centre New Play Award), Larries, City of the Deadand Long Way Down(semi-finalist 2011 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award.) Nate is a proud recipient of both the Tennessee Arts Commission Professional Development Support Grant and the Individual Artist Fellowship.Nate currently serves as Playwright-in-Residence for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre. For more information visit nateeppler.com
Garret Schneider was born in Maine, a state where carnivorous moose roam the country side, lobsters attack unwary swimmers, and where modern-technology still has not penetrated. Plied deep with northeast values and folklore, Garret became a writer. He found an artistic home at Ohio University, where he directed readings for over 60 of his short plays. In 2009, Garret presented “On the Weekly Execution and Generation of New Plays at Ohio University” at the Mid-American Theater Conference, a paper deconstructing the new works process at Ohio University. In 2010, he returned to the conference to present his ten-minute play A Stone’s Throw, in 2011 for his play Call Him 'Gene', and again in 2012 for 'A Small Drop'. Now he has moved further south to Nashville to teach Algebra to appreciative students. Garret has been part of the last two ten-minute playhouses, and feels very fortunate to help curate this one. For more information, visit litpunk.com