As the school year approaches, my boyfriend and musical collaborator, Jeremy Jacobs, has returned to his hometown to see his family! Unfortunately, this has meant a pause in our Two Scoops Live concerts on Fridays. I have included buttons below with videos of our previous weeks on Two Scoops Live. Click on the genre of music you'd like to listen to and enjoy! Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $400 for our favorite local ice cream shop: Screamin Mimis in Sebastopol, CA!
During this time of quarantine, my boyfriend and musical collaborator, Jeremy Jacobs and I started a Facebook Live Cabaret to share our love of music with everyone we know! The donations we make go to buying ice cream and supporting our favorite local business: Screamin Mimi's! Videos and additional information can be found on my tab above called "Cabaret" or click the buttons below!
Due to shelter-in-place, my contract at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival came to an end two weeks earlier than expected. My time there taught me so much and gave me so many opportunities to grow as an artist. Here is an article below about my experience and what makes the Alabama Shakespeare Festival such an amazing place to work!
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