The City of Jackson Recognizes Nadia Beard as the April Hub City Hero

May 1, 2023

Nadia Beard, Director of the Children Theatre Company of Jackson, has been selected as the April 2023 Hub City Hero.

Beard’s nominator said that they nominated her “because her hard work in the community is something you don’t see every day” and that “her passion and hard work can really be seen in our students and youth.” Her nominator also said that she “has a vision for our youth and is determined to see it through.”

Beard, a native or Jackson, TN and a graduate of North Side High School, the University of Tennessee at Martin, and American University in Washington D.C., says that community is very important to her.

“At one time I was a young individual in the community searching for someone or wanting someone to be in our favor; wanting someone to be a great leader. I see myself now as a representation of what I wanted as a child. Now since I'm in this place I want to make sure I follow through with what GOD has asked me to do and I know that he has me here serving for our community and our young people,” said Beard. “Since I'm going to be a servant, I must be an awesome leader. And I want to be able to leave a legacy wherever I go.”

When giving her words of wisdom to those who make a difference, Beard said that you must connect with those who share the same interests.

“Center yourself around the right people because everyone is not in your best interest. Not everyone has that heart that you may have,” said Beard. “So you have to start with individuals who have held the torch before you and connect with them if they are still living and around. Get their insights and then you build from there and become that beacon of light for the future.”

“Hub City Heroes often wear many hats and Nadia is no exception,” said Mayor Scott Conger. “With the arts and theatre growing in our city, Nadia saw a need to introduce many of the youth in our community to theatre and we are truly grateful.”

Watch her interview with Mayor Scott Conger here.

“Hub City Heroes” selflessly and steadily give of their time and talent to improve the lives of others in the community. Recognition as a hero is one small way to thank these public servants for their efforts and it gives honorees the opportunity to raise awareness for causes that are important to them.


  • Committed to improving the quality of life of others in Jackson
  • Contributes time to community activities in a volunteer capacity
  • Serves as a role model and inspiration to others
  • Focuses on growth and well-being of the community we serve
  • Empowers and engages others to give back
  • Demonstrates integrity, collaboration, innovation and respect

Recipients will be selected monthly and nominations are continuous. To nominate a hero, visit Candidates must be a resident of Jackson, Tennessee

After a year of heroes have been recognized, one hero will be selected and awarded $1,000 to donate to a non-profit of their choice. For more information, visit