Theatre as a Safe Space to Explore: Inside “‘Master Harold'” with Walter Coppage

In this latest “Inside” Jack Kneessy talks with actor Walter Coppage on creating a character, revisiting a familiar playwright, and why theater should be a safe space to explore.

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Teaching and Learning: Inside “‘Master Harold'” with Director Gary Heisserer

Director Gary Heisserer takes us inside his directing process for “‘Master Harold’…and the boys.”

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“Do You Bring it Home With You?” Inside “A Doll’s House” with Hillary Clemens

“Do I bring Nora’s anxiety and heap of other troubles home with me? It’s complicated.”

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Fireside Chat: Inside “A Doll’s House” with Members of the Cast

Go inside the world of “A Doll’s House” with the actors bringing it to life.

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The “Bustle” Period. Inside “A Doll’s House” with Costumer Sarah Oliver

In this “Inside” series, costumer Sarah Oliver discusses the process for designing Kansas City Actor’s Theatre’s production of “A Doll’s House.”

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It’s All About the Clothes: Inside Pride and Prejudice with KCRep’s Costume Shop
Kim Martin-Cotten (Assistant AD) sat down with Gayla Voss (Costume Shop Manager), Jenny Green (Assistant Costume Shop Manager) and Michele Richmond (Head Cutter) to talk about building the costumes for KCRep’s current production “Pride and Prejudice.” How many costumes did you build for this show ? Let’s see… 18... Read more
Becoming Billy: Inside “Billy Elliot” with Ben Renfrow
Pictured: Ben Renfrow as Billy in “Billy Elliot.” Photo courtesy of Spinning Tree Theatre. Our “Inside” series takes you behind the scenes of productions through blog posts written by the artists in the trenches. To read past “Inside” pieces, clickhere. By Ben Renfrow Tackling the role of Billy Elliot... Read more
Inside BILLY ELLIOT: Choreography and Casting with Andrew Grayman-Parkhurst
Pictured: Ben Renfrow as Billy Elliot in the “Angry Dance” number. Photo courtesy of Spinning Tree Theatre. By Andrew Grayman-Parkhurst On September 30, 2008, Michael (Grayman-Parkhurst) and I saw the final, invited dress rehearsal of the Broadway production of Billy Elliot. (Invited dress rehearsals—when a director gives the go-ahead—have... Read more
Inside PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with Walter Coppage and Lauren Spencer
Lauren Spencer and Walter Coppage, actors from KCRep’s current production of “Pride and Prejudice,” sat down with Kim Martin-Cotten (Assistant Artistic Director) to talk about stepping into this production. Kim Martin-Cotten: How is it to dive into a classic and find your way into what is both traditional and... Read more
Inside THE NANCE: Costuming Two Shows For One Production

For me, this show has to be approached almost like two separate shows. The burlesque scenes are one, and the story of Chauncey, Ned and the burlesque troupe are another.

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