MBinRep fall productions inspired by collaboration

MBinRep’s Fall 2021 productions of Hamlet (tickets and information) and Sense and Sensibility (tickets and information) will be presented Nov. 11-14 in the Woodman Center. These two fantastic shows have been enriched by collaborations with a number of visiting artists who have added enormously to the shows and the learning experiences of the students.

Steve Kidd and Jeff Church

Jeff Church ’07, after beginning to hone his craft as a performer at Moses Brown, went on to become the founding Artistic Director of the Burbage Theatre Company in Pawtucket and an adjunct professor of acting at both the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. MB students have benefited greatly by his guidance.

Jeff shares, “These students are highly intelligent, on both sides of the brain, and have a uniquely unbridled sense of play. Their educator [teacher Steve Kidd] is a one-of-a-kind professional actor with an acute and nuanced passion for theater education and its wide array of applications. Along with the technical capabilities of the Woodman Center and its remarkable team, these things combined are a recipe for ambitious work, thoughtfully executed (two massive plays in rep this Fall!).”

Steve and Phyllis (Photo: Peter Goldberg)

Phyllis Kay, resident actor at Trinity Rep for almost 30 years, has also performed on stages throughout the nation. Moses Brown actors have been fortunate to learn from her experience and expertise.

Of her time with these MBinRep productions she shares, “I have loved working with so many talented young people – and watching them discover that what Austen and Shakespeare observed about human nature still rings true today. Beautiful!”

Sophie Blum works with students in the costume department (Photo: Peter Goldberg)

Sophie Blum is an actor and teaching artist who has been helping to guide the costume team for these MBinRep productions. Sophie feels that, “in a few short months, the students of Moses Brown have captured my admiration along with a size-able piece of my heart. They have shown themselves to be more kind, brilliant, and hard-working than I ever could have imagined. I consider myself lucky to be their educator, though I often consider them my colleagues, as I’ve learned so much in our time together.”