It’s been nearly 19 months since theaters across the country were forced to close their doors due to the pandemic. On the heels of citywide lockdowns, our local performing arts companies were quick to show their ingenuity and creativity by pivoting to virtual performances and online educational programming, but nothing can replicate the magic and power of gathering together for live productions. Fortunately, as the 2021-22 season begins, Nashville’s largest performing arts companies — Nashville Ballet, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Opera, Nashville Rep, Nashville Symphony and TPAC — are returning to the stage and opening their doors to audiences again. They’re not out of the woods just yet, and there are still a number of challenges facing these institutions, but the future’s looking bright for the arts in Nashville. We chatted with the heads of these six organizations to find out what obstacles they’re still trying to overcome, the accomplishments they’re most proud of and what’s in store for the coming season.