Cori Anne Laemmel
Cori Anne Laemmel is the artistic director of The Theater Bug. Cori grew up in a youth theater program that was one of the most influential parts of her young life. She studied voice and song writing at the Musician's Institute of Hollywood before moving to Nashville a decade ago. Cori was the youth programs director for Street Theatre Company where she created and directed programming for 5 years. Cori has also worked as a teaching artist for The Nashville Children's Theatre Company, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Studio Tenn Theatre Company, Metro Parks Nashville, Vanderbilt University, University School of Nashville and several other elementary and middle schools in middle Tennessee. Cori has written and produced 10 original plays and musicals for The Theater bug that have since been performed at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Studio Tenn Theater Company, The Public Theater of Kentucky and Edmonson Elementary School. Cori has directed almost all shows produced by The Theater Bug in the past 6 years. Cori hails from Santa Cruz, CA and has proudly called Nashville home for over ten years with her husband and son.
Laura Matula is an entrepreneur, artist, actor and performer based in Nashville, TN. Laura graduated from Berklee College of music after studying Music Business/Management and Vocal Performance and moved to Nashville where she worked for years in the music and entertainment industry. She is currently an owner and partner of MA2LA, a husband and wife Nashville-based creative firm specializing in brand identity, photography and film. Laura performs regularly in professional theater in Nashville, TN as well as in the recording studio and is honored to have been able to perform on some of Nashville’s greatest stages, including the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, TPAC’s Jackson Hall and coming up at the Ryman with Studio Tenn’s THE CASH LEGACY. Laura has most been seen on stage in such iconic roles as The Wicked Witch of the West in Studio Tenn’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’, Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’ and more. She has more recently expanded her focus into music directing, arranging and conducting as well as vocal coaching. Most importantly Laura is a wife and mother.
Laura Donohue (Teaching Artist) has been singing, teaching singing, and talking about singing for almost twenty years. She has served on the faculties of Belmont University and MTSU, and maintains a private voice studio of songwriters, rockers, actors, rappers, opera singers, and shower singers of all ages and levels. Laura is also the co-creator of GirlsUpAloud, an empowering musical experience for middle school girls. She is VERY excited to be working with The Theatre Bug, as she is a HUGE fan. When she's not making music or teaching music she likes hanging out in East Nashville with her awesome family and friends.
Bakari J. King
Bakari is a middle school theatre instructor at University School of Nashville. He also works professionally in local theatres here in Nashville. He also enjoys playing trombone and being cheerleading coach. Bakari says, “I really enjoy sharing my passion with others, either on a stage or in a classroom. I especially love interacting with younger students because I am a big kid at heart.” He got his start late in his high school years and did not have the tools and know how that he has now. This is why he is excited to show our kids what they need to know so they can succeed now. Bakari is always to excited to work at The Theater Bug in whatever capacity they need him in. This is the place where his inner child, G’Greg, can run free and where he can share his teaching philosophy of teaching life lessons through theater
Casey, like many of the Bugs, began her singing, dancing, and acting career at a very young age. She has her BFA in Musical Theatre from Belmont University (2012) and then lived in NYC for a short time post-graduation. She is now currently in the process of getting her Masters of Arts in Teaching Theatre, also from Belmont. Locally, Casey performs regularly with Studio Tenn, appearing in their productions of Hello Dolly!, Cinderella, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, and Wizard of Oz. She has also performed around the country at theatres such as The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (Hilton Head, SC), Flat Rock Playhouse (Hendersonville, NC), Summer Repertory Theatre (Santa Rosa, CA), and Transcendence Theatre Company (Sonoma, CA). Casey's teaching experience includes instructor at New York Kids Club, camp counselor and Director of Education at Transcendence Theatre Company, dance captain and assistant choreographer at Belmont University, and more! She is thrilled to be a part of the amazing team here at the Bug!
Santiago Sosa earned a BFA from Texas State University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. As an actor, teaching artist, and/or voice & text coach, Santiago has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Muse of Fire Shakespeare Company, Door Shakespeare, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Writers Theatre, Forward Theatre, Definition Theatre, TPAC, NCT, Nashville Rep and Shakespeare Rep. He also was the artistic director of From the Branch Theatre Company for seven years. Santiago is the recipient of the Horton Foote award for playwriting, the Robert Yeager Award for Directing, and the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship for acting.