McKinley Merritt

Executive VA

Currently based in Knoxville, TN, McKinley is a Nashville, TN raised singer, actor, mover, and collaborator. She is so pleased to be joining Satiated Artists! Emphasizing the collaborator, she thrives when she is helping a project come to fruition or guiding a story that needs to be told, from interning in children’s theatre to music directing a collegiate a cappella group. Her favorite theatrical roles include the ensembles of Monty Python’s Spamalot and Sweeney Todd, Logainne in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a member of the Shakespeare medley, Will Power! all at the Clarence Brown Theatre, as well as Othello in Othello and Wendla in Spring Awakening. In the year of the pandemic, she kept up with the arts through virtual choirs, professional play readings of new works, and creating a play reading series through a new theatre company, Hear Me Roar Theatre, where she acts as Marketing Director. In a vaccinated world, you can often find McKinley interning at a cappella conventions, performing in local theatre, and singing with her 90s cover band, Teen Spirit!

Artist Statement

"My creative goal will alway be to help facilitate storytelling in whatever facet, whether on the stage or behind the scenes. Furthermore, my goal is to uplift and make space BIPOC voices whenever possible!"