What is difficult, exciting and a little crazy? If you guessed doing professional theatre, you’d be right. When searching for a name for our improbable adventure, we wanted something with a connection to this area. It’s a long-time tradition in East Tennessee to stack two anvils with a charge of black powder in the middle, light the fuse and then run like hell! With every performance at Flying Anvil, we celebrate the power of live theatre to bring us together - to laugh, cry and raise a ruckus!
Flying Anvil Theatre creates the best kind of trouble - engaging audiences with powerful stories that make us think deeper, laugh louder, and feel more. We're passionate about how theatre can help open hearts and minds.
By fulfilling our mission, we will create adventurous theatre that connects audiences with new ideas and visceral story-telling. By establishing a regional reputation for great work and taking interesting and entertaining risks, Flying Anvil will become a premier destination for theatre-lovers in the Southeast.
Meet The Team
Artistic Director and Co-Founder
Born in Loudon, TN, Jayne has lived in NYC, LA, and most of the southeast, before deciding that East Tennessee is the place to be. She has a varied background in theatre, film, and teaching - including performing in Lost Highway, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Dancing at Lughnasa, and directing Master Harold and the Boys at Clarence Brown Theatre.
Jeff Kovac, President
David Dwyer, Vice President
Carolyn Corley, Secretary
Troy Suggs, Treasurer
Chris has been around theatre his entire life. As the son of a theatre teacher, he was in his first play at age 12 and has been professionally acting, designing, directing, managing and teaching theatre ever since then. A certified theatre teacher, Chris found a passion for Theatre for Young Audiences in college (Columbus State University). Before moving to Knoxville, he spent 3 years in the classroom teaching elementary drama.
2012 – WE LIGHT THE FUSE
In 2012, co-founders Jayne Morgan and Staci Swedeen raised funds via house parties and a successful 24-hour Facebook fundraising blitz to present Staci Swedeen's moving one-woman play, Pardon Me for Living, to audience raves. The play was produced at the East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville Museum of Art and Pellissippi State Community College. We received great press and amazing financial support from friends and local theatre lovers. By the end of that year, we assembled a full Board of Directors comprised of diverse representatives of a wide variety of communities and backgrounds.