Meet the Cast: Karla Chavez

April 7, 2016

Karla Chavez is a dreamer, believer, doer, and storyteller. She was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of five. Her childhood dream was always to perform, though her dream was short lived in her 8th grade theatre production of the Wizard of Oz. After a 13 year hiatus, she is ecstatic to return. College seemed impossible for Karla. However thanks to community organizations like T.I.R.R.C., a great support system of family and friends, she accomplished her biggest dream yet. Karla now holds an A.S. degree from Volunteer State Community College and a B.A. degree in Public Relations from Lipscomb University. She spends her weekdays in college recruitment and weekends capturing stories through natural light photography. Her specialty? Let’s just say she is known as the puppy whisperer. The louder the bark, the better the shot. She is passionate about servant leadership, her Nashville community, and hot chicken. […]

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Meet the Cast: Sonya Lambert

April 6, 2016

Sonya has lived in Franklin for 10 years. She lived in South Florida prior to moving to the Nashville area to be close to family. She met Nick Lambert (a rare West Nashville native) at Middle Tennessee State University 28 years ago. Together, they have three boys, Dominic-13, Matthew -13, and Nolan -11. She has two more males in her life, her dogs -Todd and Tip. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and owns her private studio, Fit You Personal Training located inside Old Natchez Country Club.  Fitness is not a solo mission or a single exercise session, it is her way of life. An avid outdoor enthusiast, you may already know her if you visit Percy Warner Park or the Natchez Trace Parkway where she routinely runs and bikes.  She is also a triathlete for Trace Bikes in Nashville, and an ambassador for Mountain High Outfitters. Sonya is also known as Coach […]

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Meet the Cast: Dawn Cornelius

April 5, 2016

Dawn Cornelius has more than twenty years of professional ministry and marketing experience that shakes up the traditional and disrupts the status quo. Her social enterprise, the 1907 Company, does the same. This fast-growing social enterprise uses commerce as a catalyst for change. Founded in March 2012, the 1907 Company has since launched two retail social enterprises bringing hope and change to thousands through the sell of cause-based brands and the companies’ giving initiatives. With over $110,000 given towards hunger initiatives, literacy, adoption campaigns, education, eradication of human trafficking/slavery, poverty elimination, and other causes. Named by Nashpreneur as one of Nashville’s 19 “Superhero Entrepreneurs,” Dawn changed the retail relationship in 2012 by involving the customer in the transaction through 1907’s belief that every person has a story, and a number, that can change the world. Named by Good.Must.Grow. in 2013 on their “GrowingGood List” as one of “15 People Who are Saving the World,” […]

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Meet the cast: Mona Barz

April 4, 2016

Mona Barz proudly hails from Fargo, ND. She’s been in multiple longstanding love affairs throughout her life—with the performing and literary arts, with nature, and especially with her amazing children Simon and Lucy. Mona earned her undergraduate degree in theater and a Master’s in counseling. She believes both paths are remarkable avenues for exploring the human condition. She’s worked in the non-profit world and the social services arena; she even had a brief stint in the U.S. Senate which made her a bit of a political junkie. Nashville has been Mona’s home for almost eighteen years, although she swore she never wanted to live in the South. The first few decades of her adulthood were rather nomadic, and she was fortunate enough to live in some amazing places: Chicago; Providence, RI; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Edmonton, Alberta; Kampala, Uganda; Columbus, OH; and Cape Town, South Africa. If an advanced degree were offered in […]

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The magic of the table read

April 3, 2016

(all photos by Shabnam Aminmadani) Table read day is one of our all-time favorite days. It’s the day we get to watch 14 amazing people come into a room as strangers and leave as family. This year, with 14 cast member and 4 production team members, we are having a ball. And you’ll hear us coming… Laughter, tears, courage, these folks shared parts of themselves that have been previously held close to the heart. And watching them go from nervous smiles to bonds of forever friendships, it’s priceless.  No, really, we laughed. A lot. Except for when we were super serious and working hard. And the crying part. Yeah, there were more than a few tears. You may want to bring a tissue or two to the show. We love these people. These crazy, fun, talented people. Get your tickets so you can fall in love with them too. Saturday, April 30th at […]

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