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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!

Posted: 08/07/2012 09:00 AM

Some photos from the DCRT production of Phoenix I directed this past Spring.  More photos can be found under The Director tab in the Gallery.


Posted: 06/24/2012 09:02 AM

Three weeks down, five to go at the theatre academy this summer!

I'm teaching Classical Scene Study and, in addition to the joy innate in reading Shakespeare half for fun and half for work, I'm enjoying the process of students slowly filling the Bard's words with meaning for themselves and opening their mouths to speak them to an audience.

My team teacher and I began this summer with certain objectives in mind - students engaging their bodies in heightened movement as a tool to endow the heightened text, telling stories with aforementioned movement and text...

But it is a daily revelation to witness the other skills they are absorbing - commitment and responsibility for their actions, trusting others, the value of teamwork and collaboration.  I come away from each day thankful that I have the opportunity to teach students these skills in a world where these skills are sometimes undervalued.  It feels really good.

Posted: 05/21/2012 07:33 AM

The reviews are in!

Here are a few excerpts from the three reviews of Phoenix, which ran in Albuquerque from May 10th - 20th.

From the ABQ Journal:

"Director Katie Becker uses the play’s simplicity to its advantage... 'Phoenix' is presented in 75 minutes without an intermission, but its images linger."

From Broadway World:

"Organ’s quick-paced, witty dialogue always appears true to character and is deftly delivered by the two principals. They - and director Katie Becker - get extra hurrahs for creating a world of their own within the confines of a very small theater, where the ‘stage’ is simply a part of the floor...

The professional, core company, draws talent from around the country (Katie Becker is based in Chicago) and they clearly operate to a very high standard. I look forward to their next season."

From Talkin' Broadway:

"A playgoer never knows how much of the interpretation of a role depends upon the actor and how much upon the director (in this case, Katie Becker), but there must have been some magical synergy going on because this is the best performance I have ever seen by Frank...

The play is enjoyable, with several laughs, some drama, and a satisfying ending. I've been purposefully vague about the plot, hoping that you will see the play for yourself. The performances make it well worth the effort."

Most Recently:
I'm starting rehearsals for two shows in September - The Drowning Girls with my favorite company in the world (DCRT) and Cyrano with Mother Road Theatre Company!