Nashville Chad Young’s State of Local Theater 2019 Nashville Parent Entertainment Editor Chad Young reports on what's happening in Middle Tennessee's professional theater community along with three top training programs for kids. By chadyoung Published March, 2019Updated March 7, 2019 NCT has a lot of exciting new works coming up in its next season, and Executive Artistic Director Ernie Nolan is passionate about growing theater for very young audiences. Nashville Rep's new managing director Drew Ogle whispers that “something big” is coming out of the Rep for "Nashville Parent" readers this year while Artistic Director René Copeland gushes that the Rep’s taking an “exciting step forward.” The 10-year-old regional theater darling strives to regain its footing following the abrupt mid-season departure of its artistic director. Serving hundreds of thousands of audience members this year (and "Hamilton" coming at last!), the multi-tasking TPAC also transitions to new leadership this summer when Kathleen O’Brien retires after nearly 30 years. Kids love doing shows, and there are plenty of ways for them to get on stages.