What’s the biggest challenge currently facing TPAC? Since we closed our theaters almost 20 months ago, our focus has remained on reopening to the public while protecting our artists, patrons, staff and volunteers. Navigating the changing COVID-19 situation so we can continue to engage our community through the arts safely is perhaps TPAC’s greatest challenge since its founding.
When you look back over the past 18 months, what accomplishment are you most proud of? I’m incredibly proud of how quickly we were able to pivot and stay connected with our community through virtual performances and other programs. The resilience and creativity of our staff, along with the commitment from the board of directors, allowed us to maintain that connection with businesses, patrons, teachers and students in a variety of ways.
What is in store for the 2021-22 season for TPAC? We are excited for Broadway to be “roaring back” in Nashville with the highly anticipated return of Disney’s The Lion King and seven Nashville premieres: The Band’s Visit, Mean Girls, The Prom, Come From Away, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, What the Constitution Means to Me and Oklahoma! Then, we close the season next summer by hosting the world premiere of a new country music musical, May We All.
Is there a particular show or event you’re most excited about? When The Band’s Visit opens in Nashville on Oct. 19, it will be almost 600 days since our last Broadway performance. I can’t wait to be in the theater again, simply to share in the excitement of live performances with our patrons and fellow arts lovers. The Band’s Visit is a 10-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, but it is also a powerful reminder of how the arts provide a common language that unites us. It’s a perfect production to bring us back from this extended intermission.
For those wanting to support TPAC, what are the greatest needs or ways they can help? Most importantly, please continue to take seriously your safety and the safety of those around you. We need everyone working together to keep our venues open and our artists working. Then, visit us at tpac.org to learn more about what we do in the community. You may want to buy a ticket, volunteer, donate, participate in a virtual workshop or apply for a job. We have a role that is right for you.