Shakes Camp is led and coordinated by:
Nettie Kraft (Education Director, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival) 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.
Cori Anne Laemmel (Artistic Director, The Theater Bug) hails from Santa Cruz, CA and has proudly called Nashville home for over five years. “Growing up in children’s theater had such a profound impact on my life, and I hope that as an educator I can provide the same kind of confidence building and sense of community for my students.” Cori attended the Musician’s institute in Hollywood, California for Vocal performance, and has been performing since age six. In Nashville Cori has performed professionally with Street Theatre Company, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, and The Nashville Shakespeare festival. Cori acted as youth programs director for Street Theatre Company for four years, and has also taught with The Nashville Children’s Theatre, Metro Parks and Recreation, and various home school organizations. Cori is the founder of The Theater Bug