Other Bios


C.J. Tucker

Teaching Associate, Actors Bridge Ensemble
Member, Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers

Cynthia (C.J.) Tucker is a classically trained actress with over 15 years of professional acting experience. She has worked extensively on the stage, in film and television. After working in New York and Los Angeles for 10 years, C.J moved to Nashville where she still performs.

While in New York, she studied the Meisner Technique with the legendary William Esper, Voice for the Stage with Robert Williams of Juilliard, Play Analysis at New York University and “the Method” at the Actor’s Creative Studio with Lee Strasberg protege, Ernie Martin.

C.J. is currently an instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Belmont University where she teaches the Meisner Technique and frequently directs. In addition, she is a full time teacher in the Meisner training program at Actors Bridge.



Mitch Massaro

Technical Director, Actors Bridge Ensemble
Director of Design for Sideshow at Actors Bridge

Mitch Massaro is the Director of Design for Sideshow @ Actors Bridge. He is a co-founder and the Production Director for the Sideshow Fringe Festival and has previously served as the Technical Director and Master Electrician for The Nashville Children’s Theatre (named one of Time Magazine’s Top 5 Children’s Theatres) as well as the Technical Director and Facilities Manager for The Belmont University Department of Theatre and Dance. The Nashville Scene has called him “a behind-the-scenes theater artisan equally comfortable in front of the footlights” and Broadway World hails productions under his technical direction as “always outfitted with the best theatrical design around.”

A set, lighting, media, and sound designer, Mitch has worked locally with the Nashville Children’s Theatre, The Tennessee Repertory Theatre, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, People’s Branch Theatre, and Amun Ra Theatre, among others. He currently serves as Technical Consultant for the Actors Bridge Ensemble (Nashville’s Best Theatre Company, Nashville Scene 2011 & Broadway World’s Best Nashville Theatre Company, 2010).

In addition to his technical theatre work, Mitch has acted professionally with the Actors Bridge Ensemble (VINCENT IN BRIXTON, THE FLU SEASON) and directed multiple productions including the regional premiere of Peter SInn Nachtrieb’s BOOM for the Sideshow Ensemble @ Actors Bridge.

He has enjoyed teaching classes in technical theatre at the Nashville Children’s Theatre as well as piano lessons for youth at the W.O. Smith Music School. He is proud to offer lighting design and technical support annually to Act Like A GRRRL, an autobiographical writing and performance program for teen girls.

Mitch has co-produced and overseen technical components of numerous theatrical events in the Nashville community related to social justice including A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT, AND A PRAYER (in conjunction with Vday, the global movement to end violence against women and girls), STANDING ON CEREMONY (in collaboration with Tectonic Theatre Project to benefit the TN Equality Project), and STAND (to benefit Room In The Inn and raise awareness of the issues facing Nashville’s homeless population).

His work is consistently listed as a Nashville Scene “Critic’s Pick” and a Tennessean “Best Bet.”

Of his work with Sideshow @ Actors Bridge, Evans Donnell of ArtsNash writes, “If folks like Malone, Massaro and their colleagues are this good now, just think how much richer their work will become with the passage of time.”

Mitch graduated Magna Cum Laude and received both a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in 2007 from Belmont University (Honors Thesis: Technical Staging for Music Educators). He is currently pursuing his MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama and looks forward to returning home to Nashville upon completion of his studies.



René Millán

Teaching Associate, Actors Bridge Ensemble
Member, Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers

René Millán is an actor in both stage and film as well as a talented musician and singer. He is an acting coach and teacher, currently based in Nashville, TN. He holds an MFA in Acting from University of Washington. He made his Broadway debut in THE WILD PARTY directed by George C. Wolfe. René spent the next nine years working and living as an actor in New York City, contributing to and acting in various theatre, film and television projects. René founded Millán Studio and began coaching and teaching actors in both group and individual settings in 1999.

Visit his website to learn more about Rene.

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