Who's who in Tennessee theater? Sometimes, without a program in your hand, it's difficult to know who's playing whom-hence, our newest feature: Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot...featuring some of the Volunteer State's best-known-or soon-to-be-known all over the freakin' world-thespians. And have you ever wondered who the amazing photographers are who make them look so damn good? We're gonna tell ya…
Today's actor/subject/model is the beautiful, talented and very busy Lynn Yates, photographed by Nora Canfield (www.msdigphotography.com).
Lynn Yates is a longtime local actress who returned to the stage in 2010 after a 20-year absence to raise two sons. A corporate communications consultant and voice-over professional, Yates explains that for her, acting is free therapy. While most of her performances have been in corporate videos and commercial television, Lynn says there's nothing like the thrill of live theatre.
"The moment I step onstage, all of my worries, the day's stresses, and life's complications disappear. It's an amazing way to channel negative energy into something positive, and hopefully beautiful, so that others can forget their troubles, too."
Her new beginning started with Circle Players' production of To Kill a Mockingbird in early 2010, and since has continued with a variety of roles. Favorite characters include Bernice, the tipsy lyricist, in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, author Crane Hammond (Exit the Body), and Nita Mooney (The Hallelujah Girls).
Lynn is preparing for a variety of upcoming auditions at Nashville-area theatres. "There are so many wonderful local venues with amazingly talented performers and directors-I want to work with as many as I can."
She just finished a 13-year run as the spokesperson for HealthBreak, TriStar Hospital's health minute series airing on Nashville's WSMV-Channel 4.