For Nathan, what began as a self-produced 40 minute production of The Birth in 2006 has turned into a multi-layered company with both film and theatrical endeavors. After a sobering discussion with himself and a few other trusted souls in 2009, Nathan came to terms with the likelihood that a transcontinental relocation to LA or New York wasn’t realistic or even, for that matter, best. That what needed to happen, instead, was a paradigm shift determining that artistic efforts of quality and substance were just as accessible in Charlotte, NC as anywhere else in the world.
Time will tell if the soil is strong enough for an entertainment explosion with Starving Artist at the center. But if it never happens, it won’t be for lack of ambition.
Nathan lives in Charlotte with his wife, Tracey, and their two awesome daughters, Lucy and Penny.
Shelley has been involved in the fine arts since she first began singing and playing piano along with the TV commercials at the age of four. She came from Georgia to the Carolinas to be an English major at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. She served as the youth fine arts director at Central Church in Charlotte for many years and is now back at her alma mater working as an event planner for the President’s Office. Shelley is a board member for Starving Artist Productions and has performed in their flagship production, The Birth, for five years. In addition, she serves as the communications director, preparing visual and written communications for upcoming projects and shows. She also serves as Nathan’s sounding board for crazy ideas…and then tries to help him pull them off. If you ask nicely, she will do some mime for you…or sing rap songs operatically.
Michelle grew up in a TV family with a cameraman dad and an Assistant Director mom. She likes to joke she learned to count backwards from five before she learned to count forwards, and perhaps it’s true. She fell in love with the magic and the mundane of television production and started working in the industry at the age of 16. Michelle worked her way up from a Production Assistant, getting coffee and making copies, to an Assistant Director, in charge of timing shows and calling music for major studio productions. Michelle received a B.S. in Communication Studies from Emmanuel College in 2002, and an M.A. in Mass Media Studies from the University of Georgia in 2007. She has been a freelancer ever since, producing and developing projects for a variety of clients, including The Inspiration Networks, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
In 2008, Michelle completed work on her first feature film, acting as co-executive producer. The film, Jesus People, was well-received in film festivals across the country the following year. She officially joined the Starving Artist team in 2010, and helped the company produce their first series of shorts in 2011 (Ladies Room, Little Star, and It’s Been An Honor, Mr Lucas).
Michelle lives in the Charlotte area with her husband, Paul, and son, Cooper. She watches way too much television (according to Nathan), and loves Oscar season more than Christmas.
Kyle J. Britt’s road to Starving Artists Productions has been outrageously natural. He has been involved
with the performing arts for over two decades, since he first did a radio commercial for Cuppy’s Pharmacy in Vandalia, IL at age four. In his professional career he has been active in media and digital marketing for over 10 years. He is an experienced communicator, trainer, and analyst. In Kyle’s consulting and agency days, he has worked with the likes of Google, Ford Motor Co., Sony Music Group, The NCAA, Allstate Insurance and more. Kyle holds a B.A. in Film from UCF but been on both sides of the camera and proscenium. Kyle also currently serves as the Digital Director at Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC. Kyle lives with his beautiful wife Janae’ and his cute and precocious daughter, Genevieve.
Kate Rouse – soon to be Kate Micham – may have a Psychology degree from Berry College, but she has recently stumbled upon a career in digital media. No one should really be surprised by this development. In high school, Kate would often fall asleep at the computer after talking on AIM all night long. She was very excited about going to college, because at that time, one needed a college email address to be on Facebook. To this day, friends are more likely to hear back from Kate if they send a text message, rather than leave a voice mail message; and her communication skills are much more impressive over email than in person. Kate has been with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for over two years and is currently a Digital Media Coordinator for the department of Crusade Ministries.
Kate enjoys keeping a busy schedule but will always make time to dance. In fact, Kate has had the honor of performing in Starving Artist’s 6-year run of The Birth since its beginning and plans to continue until she’s old and grey.