Last week, we opened And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The production was directed by Addie Gorlin and to say that it is an honor to be in this production would be an understatement. The collaboration and ensemble work the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Acting Fellows did on this show was a joy to be a part of. ASF focusses on bringing theater to students and it is a privilege to tell this story about the Holocaust to thousands of middle and high school students. I play the role of Young Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor who now lives in London. The production includes video interviews with Eva and another Holocaust survivor and then the acting ensemble reenacts many of their experiences during the Holocaust. We are heading into the second week of shows!
To start off the new year, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival just opened The Cat in the Hat! I am playing the role of the Cat in the Hat in this production alongside the other ASF Fellows. We run for the next two weeks! The Montgomery Advertiser did a wonderful article on our show, shedding light on the story and its effect on the Montgomery Community.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival's production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opened this weekend! In addition to playing Mrs. Slocum, I was the fight choreographer for the show! The young actors really bring this special Christmas show to life. I had a wonderful time working with them! The article below is part of an interview about our production!
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Interview
This is our final week of A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Festival Stage at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. I have learned so much playing Helena and Snug and I look forward to taking this show on tour in March 2020 and into the Shakespeare Garden, here at ASF, next spring.
On September 23, I made the move to Montgomery, Alabama, for the next six months! I am performing as part of the ASF Fellowship program. Eight actors from all around the country were chosen after an extensive audition process. We will be performing in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Cat in the Hat, and And Then They Came for Me. In addition to these performances on the ASF Festival Stage, we will take Midsummer on tour in March and I will be understudying roles in All Is Calm and Alabama Story. I am so excited for the next few months and feel blessed to be learning at such a wonderful theater.
This summer I had the opportunity to perform in Steamboat Springs Colorado! I played Miranda and Trinculo in Piknik Theater's production of The Tempest. The show was performed in two locations: the local library and the town's beautiful botanic garden. Additionally, I collaborated with fellow actors in creating a children's show, based on the book The Paperbag Princess! We also had the opportunity to teach Shakespeare acting classes (ages 7-14) during the day!
Please read Jaime Mowers' article in the newspaper, West End Word, about our summer performance in Forest Park.
Kiah McKirn (left) as Catherine and Vivienne Claire Luthin as Maria during a dress rehearsal for “Love’s Labors Lost.” Performances of the play for Shakespeare in the Park run nightly at 8 p.m. (except Mondays) May 31 through June 23 in Forest Park. |photo by Ursula Ruhl
I am thrilled to be playing Maria in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' Love's Labors Lost in the beautiful Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park! The show runs from May 29 to June 23 at 8 pm Tuesdays- Sundays.
After four years working with amazing faculty and fellow students, I was honored to graduate Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts.
This Spring, I had the opportunity to create music and perform as Sappho in Heriodes, a new site specific work by Trace Turner.