Denice Hicks (Artistic Director) has been working for The Nashville Shakespeare
Festival since 1990 as an actor, director, teaching artist, and
has held the position of Artistic Director since 2005. Educated
at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, she moved to Nashville in
1980 to perform at Opryland. Denice was an original company
member of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and was among the
founders of both the Darkhorse Theater and of People’s Branch
Theatre. An Ingram Fellowship award winner, and advocate for
Arts in Education, she has edited and directed touring productions of Shakespeare’s
works, developed and facilitated workshops for students of all ages and designed
and implemented the NSF Apprentice Company Training and Shakespeare Allowed!
programming. Her work has been praised by the Tennessean, Broadwayworld.com,
Nashville City Search, The City Paper, and the Nashville Scene, from which she has received “Best Actor” and “Best Director” acknowledgments. In May 2012, she spent 3 weeks in England as a Guest Instructor for a Cooperative Center for Study
Nettie Kraft (Education Director) graduated with an MFA from Roosevelt University's CCPA in Chicago where she interned at Steppenwolf with Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, and many other amazing artists on a production of Betrayal, by Harold Pinter. Prior to that, while attaining her BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she worked with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and began a theatre company which produced six plays in two years and was counted a critical success. She has studied abroad in England, and lived all over the United States, all in preparation for her move to Nashville. While in the great state of Tennessee she has been in several commercials and seen on stage for the Tennessee Women's Theatre Project, Actor's Bridge Ensemble, and the wonderful Nashville Shakespeare Festival! Currently she is teaching at Belmont University, MTSU, TSU, and Watkins College as well as starting another theatre company, The Five Dollar Recession Theatre Company.
Robert Marigza (Operations Manager)
involved with NSF as an actor in the 1994 production of A Midsummer Night’s
Dream. Over the years, he has served The Festival as actor, stage manager, technical
director, crew, production assistant, and teacher. Since 2005, he has been the fulltime
Operations Manager of the company and Producer of Macbeth, The Merry
Wives of Windsor, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Coriolanus, Richard III,
Shakespeare’s Case, Complete Works, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Love’s
Labor’s Lost, Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar. As an actor, Robert has also worked with Nashville
Children’s Theatre, People’s Branch Theatre, Mockingbird Theatre, Tennessee
Repertory Theatre, Green Room Projects, and Actors’ Bridge Ensemble, as well as in
commercials and independent films.
Nicole Sibilski (Development Director) holds a BFA in Theatre from Millikin University and a JD from DePaul University College of Law. She has worked in professional theatres throughout Chicago, including Northlight Theatre and The Neo-Futurists. As an attorney, she practiced criminal defense with the Cook County Public Defender and worked in private practice as a real estate attorney before relocating to Nashville. She had been actively involved in fundraising for several non-profits throughout the Nashville area before joining the Festival.