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 and Ryman Auditorium. Laura has 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’ , Rizzo in 'Grease' and more. She is also a music director, arranger and vocal coach. Most importantly Laura is a wife and mother. WWW.LAURAMATULA.COM
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.
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.