Knoxville native nominated for Tony Award

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A young woman from Knoxville is excited to be nominated for a Tony award.

Ashlee Latimer is a New York based producer, working on Broadway. She credits her quick success with her years of training at Knoxville Children’s Theatre.

Latimer has the distinction of being KCT’s first student intern, and first student director, working on such classics as “Sleeping Beauty” and “Sarah Plain and Tall,” both, in 2013.

Now, another first, Ashlee is KCT’s first former student to be nominated for a Tony award. She’s in the process of getting ready for Sunday’s televised awards show at Radio City Music Hall.

“They walked through whoever is going to present right before us, and then the person who will introduce our performance , and t hen went through our performance as well,” Ashlee explained via FaceTime.

The show is the Broadway musical revival “Once on this Island.” It is nominated in several categories.

Ashlee says, “it’s an incredible story about this young girl in a village that’s been torn apart by recent storms. For our production, we’ve set it in Haiti. So it definitely has a resonance with everything that’s been going on with all of the hurricanes.”

Being a producer of a hit Broadway show is the culmination of hard work, a lead producer looking for a diverse group of talent, and, yes, Ashlee’s training at UT’s Theatre Department and at Knoxville Children’s Theatre through her mentor, KCT’s respected Producing Director Zack Allen.

“Zack just completely took me under his wing, “Ashlee says. “When I told him that I wanted to do as many shows as possible, he took me at my word. And we worked on so many. I worked on 18 positions in various capacities both at children’s theatre and companies around town, largely with Zack. And he has just completely changed my life.”

Ashlee’s life will change even more with a Tony win. The Tony Awards air at 8pm, Sunday, June 10th on CBS.

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