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Posted: 02/19/2015 10:03 PM

This is my second full season as a company member with Duke City Rep. This past Fall/Winter, I was in two shows.

Show Number One...

Play: The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Daniela Vlaskalic, & Charlie Tomlinson
Role: Bessie (Pictured with Amelia Ampuero as Alice and Lauren Myers as Margaret)

Show Number Two...

Play: All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Catherine Bush
Role: Lucy Lesprit (Pictured with Ezra Colon as Gus, Evening Star Barron as Mena, Amelia Ampuero as Anna-Lori, Josh Heard as Joel, and Willis Miller as Sister Susie)

I'm in the midst of directing Animal Farm, which we toured into schools in Central New Mexico. I'll share pictures very soon!

Posted: 02/19/2015 09:34 PM

A recent video audition...

Desdemona from Shakespeare's "Othello"

Posted: 02/19/2015 06:38 PM

Photos of my latest projects and a much-needed update - coming soon!

Posted: 05/19/2014 12:30 PM

We are one weekend into our last show of the season, These Shining Lives, over at Duke City Repertory Theatre.

Here's a quick look at the three amazing roles I've played this season:

Play: Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton
Role: Elizabeth (Pictured with Frank Taylor Green as Mr. Manningham)

Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare; Adapted by Dr. John Hardy
Role: Helena, Snug the Joiner, Peaseblossom (Pictured with Josh Heard as Demetrius)

Play: These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich
Role: Charlotte (Pictured with Amelia Ampuero as Catherine)

Posted: 01/16/2013 01:09 PM

We (meaning me and the fine folk of DCRT) are a week and a half into rehearsals for POE and there has been a lot of discussion about the inherent difficulty of creating art.  There are infinite obstacles that come between us and the creative impulse.

Top of the list (for me, at least) is distraction.  There is no disputing that it is easier to scroll through Pinterest for an hour than to rehearse alone in a room with a script in hand.

Then there is the pull of fame, which is rooted in the idea that, if we create a product that people like, we will become rich (!) and famous (!) and we will automatically be creatively fulfilled.  Because we are rich (!) and famous (!).  But often our creative impulse is vastly different from what is currently popular.

And then there is the difficulty of creation within the rehearsal room.  Every play is built upon unfamiliar circumstances.  Every character is confronted with unfamiliar and often uncomfortable situations.  Our instinct as human beings is to ease all of that tension, to do everything in our power to make the world easier to navigate.  But our challenge as artists is to allow every moment to be difficult.

That takes an enormous amount of concentration.

What I'm finding in rehearsal is a lesson that I thankfully learn over and over again - overcoming the obstacle, however difficult, is ALWAYS better than giving into the obstacle and giving up.

Posted: 10/22/2012 07:26 PM

Here are a few local news clippings from the Omaha World-Herald about The Borrowers.

1. http://www.omaha.com/article/20121018/GO/710189988

My favorite part of this feature article is a quote from our incredible director:
Young audiences are the best, because they'll go with you anywhere... Adults sit back and analyze what they're seeing. But young audiences will go with you anywhere — as long as you do it in an honest way.
2.  Review: http://www.dealsomaha.com/article/20121020/LIVING/710209938


Posted: 08/11/2012 05:12 PM

A dynamic summer of teaching is complete!  I taught Classical Scene Study for 8 weeks at Springer Theatre Academy.  At the end of a session, the students are asked to submit an anonymous evaluation.  I've included some quotes from those evals.  I also sat in on 2 weeks of class at the brand new WildCat Theatre Conservatory and spent a lot of time with C2s (4th-5th graders) and the C3s (6th-8th graders).

Enjoy these photos and quotes from 10 weeks of incredible humility, generosity and learning!

"Classical lets me calm down and find my self.  I'm glad we had this class." - a 7th grader

Springer Theatre Academy: Rehearsal for "Julius Caesar" in the ruins of the Actor's Arena

 "I felt really pushed in this class, which I REALLY enjoyed." - a 9th grader

"This class is wonderful!  Kyle & Katie REALLY focus on classical scenes.  They challenge you, but it's fun challenges that make you want to accept them." - a 6th grader

WildCat Theatre Conservatory: John and I make our best lizard faces at Banquet.

"Very fun, Kyle explains things well and Katie gives the swag in it." - a 5th grader

"I love how the teachers made the work of Shakespeare funny and enjoyable." - an 8th grader

"I loved this class.  Teachers communicate well.  Great experience.  I learn something new every year." - an 8th grader

WildCat Theatre Conservatory: Front Page News!  Doing the negative space exercise with 4th and 5th graders!

Most Recently:
My latest directing project with Duke City Rep, ANIMAL FARM, is on tour in Central New Mexico! We open at The Cell on March 5th! Tickets at www.dukecityrep.com!