WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.


Stacey Hucks

AGNES

After falling in love with all things theater through the Meisner professional actor training program at Actors Bridge Ensemble, Stacey is excited to make her professional debut on the very stage where she received her training. She proudly refers to the studio as her home away from home. When she is not acting she enjoys making others feel welcome here, as well, so you may see her face at the door or over a bowl of dips and chips. Working on When We Were Young and Unafraid with this cast and crew has been the thrill of a lifetime. Stacey would like to express her gratitude for wonderful family and friends who share her belief that it’s never too late to try something new, and most especially for women who dedicate their lives to lifting other women up.

Kyla Ledes

MARY ANNE

Credits include: Electra, The Oresteia Project (University of Southern California); Mooncat, The Offending Gesture (Son of Semele, CA); Alice Waters, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (USC); Phoebe, As You Like It (USC); Martirio, The House of Bernarda Alba (Actors Bridge Ensemble); Ann, All My Sons (Actors Bridge Ensemble); Lead, The Sacred Disease (Film, Dir. Erica Scoggins). Kyla is thrilled to return to her theatrical home, Actors Bridge, after many years away. She is a multidisciplinary artist and mother, and she holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Southern California.

Landry Rose

PENNY

Aside from a Jason Isbell music video when she was 4, this is her acting debut and she couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be making it with Actors Bridge! She has been apart of Act Like A Grrrl for the past 2 years. Currently attends Hume Fogg where she is a member of show choir.

Katie Kelly

HANNAH

Credits include:  Well-dressed Attorney, Courtroom 6C (A. A. Birch Building).  When not on a stage or in a courtroom, Katie Kelly is creating a home for her brood — love to Ellie, Gene, and Grace Kelly.  She owes a debt of gratitude to the many women who have taken care of her along the way, namely CJ for her support, Annie Berry for her promotion, and Maria for teaching her how to feel safe. 

Colin Kurtis

PAUL

Colin is a Nashville born actor that has fallen in love with the art form in every way. He is so enthused to work with Actor’s Bridge on this project and has already learned so much. Colin has had the opportunity to do work in local film projects around the Nashville area and had his theater debut with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. He can’t wait to see what’s next! 

Vali Forrister

Producer

Credits include: Morris, The Nether (Actors Bridge Ensemble), Sarah, Time Stands Still (Actors Bridge Ensemble), Lil’ Bit, How I Learned to Drive (Actors Bridge Ensemble), Sally, Talley’s Folly (Actors Bridge Ensemble), The Elven Queen, The Hobbit (Nashville Children’s Theatre), Titania, Robin Goodfellow (Nashville Children’s Theatre), Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (ACT1). Vali is the co-founder and producing artistic director of Actors Bridge Ensemble. She teaches the Meisner Technique at Actors Bridge and Lipscomb University. She created Act Like a GRRRL in 2004 and Big GRRRL in 2008 and remains Goddess-in-Charge of both today. She was named “Theaterati of the Year” by Jef Ellis at the 2019 First Night Awards. She has received the First Night Star Award, the Louisa Nelson Award, Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, and Vanderbilt’s Women Mentoring Women Award. She was in the Leadership Nashville class of 2014.

Tracy Coats

Producer

This is Tracy’s second time producing at Actors Bridge Ensemble. She has been a long-time supporter of Actor’s Bridge, has participated in 2 Big GRRRL programs, told stories at First Time Stories and has taken classes at Actor’s Bridge. She is also a member of the Board and the marketing committee at Actor’s Bridge.

Daryn Jackson

Director

Credits include: Carol, Oleanna (Lee University), Josephine March, Little Women (Springhouse Theater), Lizzie Curry, The Rainmaker (Springhouse Theater), Miss Casewell, The Mousetrap (Springhouse Theater), Shelby Eatonton, Steel Magnolias (Springhouse Theater), Gwen Landis, The Fifth of July (Act1), Lanie, Two Rooms (Act1) Ingram New Works (Nashville Rep).

Director, The Rules of Comedy (Springhouse Theater), Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Springhouse Theater), Director, The Real Inspector Hound (Springhouse Theater), Assistant Director, The Music Man (Springhouse Theater). Producer, Twelve Angry Men (Springhouse Theater, Assistant Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lackland Theater).

Daryn is thrilled to call Actors Bridge her home theater after a few years away from the stage. Many thanks to Vali for her training, and even more for her trust.

This one is for the women who’ve shown me who I want to be in the world: My mother, the Maughan women, Lisa and Tara, The Bunker, Charlotte and Remy and Emmy and Collins and Carter, my many chosen sisters, my Meg.

Kat Tierney- Smith

Stage Manager

Credits include: Madea’s Farewell Play Tour (Tyler Perry Studio’s); Kodachrome, The Vagina Monologues, How to Catch a Flying Woman, Citizen: An American Lyric (Actor’s Bridge Ensemble); The Whale, Les Liasons Dangereuses, End of the Rainbow (Actors Express); Of Mice and Men, Time Between Us, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Serenbe Playhouse); All Childish Things, Tigers Be Still (Aurora Theatre), John Adam’s A Flowering Tree, The Remarkable Farkle McBride, Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra); Angry Fags (7 Stages); Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood, Body Awareness (Synchronicity Theatre).  Kat has been a part of the Nashville theatre scene since 2017 and is pleased to call ABE her home base.

Heidi York

Assistant Stage Manager

Credits include:  Stage Manager, To Stab a Butterfly Through the Heart (Vanderbilt University Theatre/VUT); Stage Manager, Lovelaces (VUT); Stage Manager, Walking Each Other Home (Iceberg Theatre Company – Vanderbilt); Run crew, Dogfight (Vanderbilt Off-Broadway); Props crew, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (VUT); Sound Board Operator, Blues for an Alabama Sky (VUT)

She graduated from Vanderbilt in May with a B.A. in Psychology and spent her senior year falling in love with the theatre world. She is so grateful that she got to work with Actors Bridge Ensemble on this production. Special thanks to Leah Lowe for making this connection happen.

Paul Gatrell

Scenic Designer

Credits include: Director, The Diviners, These Shining Lives and Now, Then, Again (Belmont University); Set Designs, Kodachrome, Citizen, and Sailor’s Song (Actors Bridge Ensemble); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and King Lear (Nashville Shakespeare Festival); Peter and the Starcatcher, Little Women, Argonautika, Three Sisters, and Rumors (Belmont University) Light Design, The Flick, The Nina Variations, and End Days (Verge Theatre); 36, Argonautika, Big Love, and Dancing at Lughnasa (Belmont University). Paul is currently a Professor of Theatre and director of the BFA Directing program at Belmont University. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia in Design and Technology and a B.S. in Theatre from Lindenwood University.

Richard K. Davis

Lighting Designer

While he has worked on various Film, Television, and Concert touring projects, his specialty resides firmly in lighting for Theatrical and Dance.  Such varied projects include “Peter and the Star Catcher”, “42nd Street”, “Godspell”, “Urinetown” (Belmont University), “The Wizard of Oz”, “Rock  of Ages” (Hillsboro Players), “Detroit 67’’ ,  “Kodachrome”, “Citizen”, “Eurydice”, “Marisol”, “Men on Boats”, “Outside Paradise” , ”The Warrior”, “The Piper”, “Atlanta” (Actor’s Bridge Ensemble), “Les Misérables” ,“Guys and Dolls” (MTSU), “American Idiot”, “The Addams Family Musical” (Circle Theatre) “Twelfth Night”, “The Suppliants” (Vanderbilt University), “The Holbert Suite” (Nashville Ballet), “Coppelia”, “Giselle”, “Swan Lake”, and “Carmen” (Dance Theatre of Tennessee) as well as “Dracula” and “Regarding Henry” (Film). 

Jenn Ross

Costume Designer

Jenn Ross is a current Meisner student at Actors Bridge and the Director of Programs And Events for the Centennial Park Conservancy. She loves working behind the scenes to create memorable events. During her downtime she’s usually found with her two chihuahuas, Ollie and Ladybug.

Rachael Murray

Intimacy Choreographer

Rachael is a director, intimacy choreographer, deviser, playwright, and producer with roots and ties to Virginia, Tennessee, DC, and New York. Intimacy Credits: RENT (Nashville Rep); Little Women (Watershed Public Theatre); Macbeth, Pericles, and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Match: Lit’s BARDcore series, Brooklyn); Interested In Season 2 (Assistant, Episode 3).  Selected Directing: Failure: A Love Story (SRDS New Jersey); The Desk Set (Fordham University); #MomVlogLyfe (NTC/The Tank); The Right and Left Plays (Elemental Women); Sioux Falls (Mead Theatre Lab DC); ClickB@it (NTC/CapFringe) and R.U.R. (NTC/CapFringe). Her play, Better Angels, has been produced in festivals around New York, virtually, and most recently made its West Coast debut. It was published in Best New Ten Minute Plays, 2020. Rachael is a founding company member of Naked Theatre Company. www.rachaelwithanamurray.com.

Josh Inocalla

Fight Choreographer

Josh Inocalla is an actor, writer, and comedian from Vancouver, Canada. He has appeared on Netflix, HBO and PBS. He has taught Filipino martial arts since he was 14, which he learned from his Ninja Turtle father. Josh is happy to use those skills now as a fight choreographer and violence coordinator at Actors Bridge.

Lj Ratliff

Sensitive Content Coordinator

Lj Ratliff, LCSW is a psychotherapist with 33 years experience as well as a facilitator of systemic family constellations and other alternative healing practices. She enjoys working with creatives and believes in the healing power of connection and transformation that the arts provide. An acting student of The Actor’s Bridge Ensemble, she is delighted to be part of this production and appreciates the value given to the mental wellness of the actors and production team.