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Our Staff


Vanessa Garner

Artistic Director
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Originally from Houston, TX, Vanessa began her career in musical theatre at the age of 7 in New York City in the off-broadway production of “Really Rosie”, where she played the role of Kathy and recorded the cast album. Upon returning to Houston, she performed with both Theatre Under the Stars and Houston Grand Opera, while attending the High School for Performing Arts. After graduating from Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts, Vanessa appeared in the national tour of “Bye, Bye, Birdie” with Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking.

Vanessa graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelors in Business Administration / Music Business in Nashville, while performing at Opryland in “And the Winner Is”. Vanessa also performed with Opryland Productions in The Opryland Hotel’s “A Country Christmas” as well as at The Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a season.

In 2000, Vanessa wrote and recorded a solo album, “A Letter Home to You”. Her record received national radio airplay, as well as a “Just Plain Folks” award in 2001. Her song “Not the One” was featured on the hit TV show “Dawson’s Creek”.

Vanessa soon returned to her musical theatre roots and began teaching musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (RAFA), in Houston, TX. Producing over 25 musicals for children and overseeing RAFA’s Broadway Studio Workshop program. In addition to working with RAFA students, she also produced 6 main stage professional productions for Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre (BAHBT), along side director Kevin Cahoon. Vanessa served as the Artistic / Executive Director for RAFA & the interim Artistic Director for BAHBT between 2013-2015. In 2016, Vanessa began teaching musical theatre classes to preschool and elementary school aged children here in Nashville. Within a year, the program grew into Nashville Theatre School, producing 2 mainstage musicals a year, 3 Summer Intensive performances each Summer and a full program of classes in music, theatre and dance.

Vanessa has lived in Nashville for the last 24 years and is married to Grey Garner; they have two children, 13 year old Will and 11 year old Hattie Grey.

Photo Credit: Claire Wise


Emily Urbanski

Instructor / Choreographer
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Originally from Carmel, Indiana, Emily Ann Urbanski moved to Nashville in 2016 to study musical theater at Belmont University. Since the age of 5, she has studied numerous dance styles. As she got older, Emily became an assistant for tap and jazz classes ranging from preschool to high-schoolers. Emily performed with her studio’s Ballet Theatre, Junior Pacemate dance team, and Musical Theatre Company through which she performed at venues including Kings Island, Indiana Pacers and Butler University basketball games, and Disney World.

With a strong foundation in dance, Emily began singing and acting with local theaters when she was 8. In high school, she continued to occupy her time in the performing arts department participating in the plays, musicals, and as a council member and dance captain of The Ambassadors showchoir. Emily has taken private voice lessons for 7 years and has continued performing and pursuing musical theatre in college and around Nashville.

Since beginning college, she has had the opportunity to be the dance assistant for the spring musical "9 to 5" and choreographing numbers for the First-Year Showcase at Belmont. Some of Emily’s past shows include Bring it on (Skylar), Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), Godspell (Celisse), White Christmas (Susan) and most recently appeared in Studio Tenn's production of Grease! understudying Diane Degarmo in the role of Sandy.

Emily’s passion truly lies in a balance between performing and teaching and she is thrilled to continue to do so with Nashville Theatre School!


Anna Carrol


Anna graduated from Belmont University with a BFA in musical theater. Not only that, she also received “The Margie,” the highest honor in musical theater excellence, during her time at Belmont.

Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Anna has worked with a variety of well known New York casting directors, producers and composers throughout her years of comedic acting, musical theater, and improv experience. Just to name a few: Chuck Wagner, Mike Eldred, Rachel Potter (Les Mis), Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Melinda Doolittle (Cinderella), Laura Bell Bundy and Denyce Graves (Christmas at Belmont) as well as Tina Marie, Kevin Kennison, Jennifer Waldmen, Mary Sugarman, Pasek and Paul, Ted Chapin (master classes).

She also spent the past year singing R and B on tour with Epic Assemblies, an original works arts troupe designed to speak life to students all over the U.S. by telling their own personal stories through the arts (epicassemblies.org).

Ms. Anna is currently starring in the new musical Stolen, a New Musical Presented by The Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, IN.


Kristin Moon

Acting Instructor

Kristin Moon has been a theatre arts educator in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for the past ten years and is delighted to be in her seventh year at Hillsboro High School. A graduate of the MNPS school district (Glencliff '05), Moon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education from Trevecca Nazarene University where she was immersed in the theatre community as an actor and director.

Some of her favorite roles include “Ado Annie” in Oklahoma, “Mother” in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, and "Lucinda" in Into the Woods. Although Moon enjoys performing, her real passion is directing. Since college, she has directed or assistant directed over 25 productions. Some of her favorite directing credits include "Songs for a New World," "Frankenstein," "The Tempest," "Into the Woods," "Hairspray" (Nominee "Best Show" and "Best Direction"; Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards) and "Guys and Dolls."

She served as the Fine Arts Department Chair for Hillsboro High School for three years and helped write the theatre arts curriculum pacing guide for MNPS. She teaches college-level International Baccalaureate theatre courses, having successfully led her students to earn some of the highest scores in all of the International Baccalaureate courses offered at Hillsboro. In her free time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is passionate about giving young people a voice in theatre and hopes to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Directing.


Sarah Daddario

Improv Instructor

Sarah Daddario studied theater at the Cincinnati Conservatory and in Chicago at The Second City, Improv Olympic, and the Annoyance Theater. While training in Chicago she fell in love with sketch comedy and long form improvisation.

Sarah has performed locally with the main stage cast of Third Coast Comedy Club and with the group Good People. Sarah believes improv can free the artist in everyone and build confidence for everyday life!