carolyn german

                      Producing Artistic Director, Theater Craft, Inc

Director of Corporate Training
Teaching Artist

Carolyn has been a professional theatre-maker for 35 years, and is an award-winning performer, playwright, director, composer, and a soft-skills expert.  She is an entrepreneur, who has also worked in both the corporate and government sectors. In every setting, she perfects the art of making sure "the message you send is the message you intend".

For seven years, Carolyn was at the helm of the Music and Theater Departments for Metro Nashville Parks Cultural Arts, where she was the Managing Artistic Director of the Z.Alexander Looby Theater, and created the Centennial Black Box Theater. 

Her public speaking, MC,  and training engagements include a broad range of clients, from the Tennessee Parks and Recreation Association to the American Bar Association,  from the Artstravaganza Festival to the TPAC’s Fest de Ville Gala.

German was commissioned by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Clement Railroad Museum to create a one-man show based on a civil-war-era trial that took place in the Nashville area.  The play, "Burden of Justice:1863" has been booked for two years to tour area schools through Tennessee Performing Art Center Education and Outreach.   Other shows she has produced for TPAC Ed include  “The Story Builders”, which was also written and directed by Ms. German.  In fact, her production of “The Story Builders” was subsequently honored as “Best Production of 2003” by theater critic Kevin Nance of The Tennessean.

Other writing credits include her critically-acclaimed “MOSAIC”, and the historical biography of a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement, “Signs of a New Day: The Z Alexander Looby Story”. German is also a prolific composer and lyricist.

Her performance credits span from Off-Broadway to cruise ships, with a wide variety of stages in between, including DC’s Studio Theater, and over 25 projects with Tennessee Repertory Theater.   Favorite roles at the Rep include Val  in “A Chorus Line”, Mae in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”,  Maria in “Twelfth Night”, and  Aunt Gert in “Lost in Yonkers”.

Carolyn received the 1998 Fellowship for Acting granted by the Tennessee Arts Commission.  She is a founding member of  "the Spontaneous Comedy Company",  Nashville's Premiere Improv and Sketch Comedy group, now in its 15th year.

photo: Bralyn Stokes Photography

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