SAMC Theatre is proud to welcome Kate Muchmore as Assistant Professor and the Department’s new Director of Production. Kate’s academic credentials and breadth of directing experience make her an outstanding addition to the faculty at TWU’s School of the Arts, Media and Culture.
Kate has taught acting and/or directing at Western Washington University, Villa Academy in Seattle, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, and Illinois College. Her range of teaching experience also includes playwriting, stage management, technical theatre, and theatre history.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Kate join the SAMC Theatre team,” says Angela Konrad, Chair of SAMC Theatre. “She has the vision, energy, and experience to head up our production activities and her teaching strengths are certain to make a significant contribution in the classroom. In addition, her training and versatility as a director are the perfect complement to our current faculty. We are thrilled to welcome her to the West Coast!”
Drawing on a strong classical and contemporary theatre background, Kate is equally at home directing Shakespeare as she is staging Broadway musicals—recent projects include Hairspray,Measure for Measure, Godspell, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, an MA in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University, a BA in Stage Management from Otterbein University in Ohio, and teacher certification in the Meisner Technique.
“It’s always exciting for me to see students grow and thrive in this passion we call the theatre,” says Kate. “The most thrilling piece of this at Trinity Western is that I get to do these things in the context of serving and knowing Christ. I also know the standards are high here, and as an artist, it is always a joy to work with smart, hard-working people who have very high standards. We all push each other to take more risks, explore and question our ideas more vigourously, and be better and more creative at what we do; hopefully all while creating high quality, enjoyable, thought-provoking theatre for our audiences.”
Kate succeeds Aaron Caleb, who came to SAMC Theatre in 2005 and has moved on to pursue a career in applied theatre. The faculty, staff, and students of our School of the Arts, Media and Culture all look forward to keeping in touch with Aaron and wish him all the best in this exciting new chapter.