Darkhorse Theater was established in 1990 by Shannon Wood and her husband, Peter Kurland. Wood had previously been stage manager of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Initially Darkhouse was a theatrical company that produced its members' original plays, but it transitioned into a performing venue due to a combination of the founders' "burnout" and demand from other performing groups.
Performing groups resident at Darkhorse include ACT 1, Groundworks Theater, Real Life Players, Sista Style, Actors Bridge, Dream 7, Destiny Theater Experience, John Holleman and Co., PG-13 Players, and Rhubarb Theatre.
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- Jackie Sheckler Finch (2009). Insiders' Guide to Nashville. Globe Pequot. p. 198. ISBN 9780762755677.
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