Festival Guest Highlights

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Festival Guest Highlights

We are very excited about the professionals participating in the Festival this year.
Highlighted here are just 3 of the more than 50 guests that are coming form all over the country to interact with our students.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Americus.

Guest Presenter – Carlos Alexis Cruz

Carlos Cruz PictureIntroducing Nouveau Sud – The “New South” Project

Carlos holds an MFA in Physical Theatre (2007) from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre where he studied a range of movement techniques including Commedia dell’Arte, Laban, Lecoq-based theatre dynamics, Alexander Technique, as well as an extensive voice training in the Linklater voice method.

He was awarded in 2011 with the Princess Grace Foundation Theatre Fellowship Award, and the 2014 Arts and Science Council’s McColl award for the development of new, socially-engaged work. With the latter he developed a community powered contemporary circus company/show, the Nouveau Sud project, from and about the city of Charlotte and the evolving concept of what is often referred to as the New South. Nouveau Sud, is a social circus initiative rooted in the “underground” dance/acrobatic/physical theatre scenes present in the vast array of cultures in the urban region of Charlotte. Through physical language–dance and movement–these communities will tell stories of their struggles, histories, traditions, transformations, and iconography, as we examine the idea of what it is to be a citizen of the ‘new’ south.


Guest Artist – Jeremy Gillett

Jeremy Gillett PhotoPerforming his one-man show “Black & 25 in America”

Jeremy earned his AA from Bluegrass Community & Technical College. He went on to earn his BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and his MFA in Theatre and Film Performance from Arizona State University.

Jeremy has received several acting scholarships along with a travel grant from Arizona State to present his show “Black & 25 in America.” He returned to his undergraduate alma mater to debut his work. Through the life stories of a variety of characters, “Black & 25 in America” gives audiences an idea of what it’s like to be a young, black adult. The play uses a series of vignettes to explore the issues of race, class, gender, and identity while examining how each character – Big Man, Joshua Thomas Northington III, Darron, and Marcy – feels invisible and voiceless. Timothy Davis, Jeremy’s former instructor at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, will be moderating a talkback immediately following his performance.

Jeremy will be participating in the new Next Steps program concentrating on the transition from two-year to four-year programs.


Guest DTM Respondent – Peggy McKowen

Peggy McKowen PhotoAssociate Producing Director at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival [CATF]

Peggy McKowen’s association with the CATF began in 2006, when she designed the costumes for Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle and the world premiere of Keith Glover’s Jazzland. She joined the full-time staff the following year. As designer, her work at CATF has included costumes for 1001 by Jason Grote, H2O by Jane Martin (directed by Jon Jory), and Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah by Mark St. Germain; sets for From Prague by Kyle Bradstreet, Wrecks by Neil LaBute, and Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams; and sets and costumes for Dear Sara Jane by Victor Lodato and The Insurgents by Lucy Thurber.

Her free-lance work has been seen in New York with the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble and Gateway Playhouse, and in California on Libby Larsen’s opera, Every Man Jack. As resident designer for the Obie-award-winning Jean Cocteau Repertory, Peggy designed the Darius Milhaud-scored version of Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heany’s The Cure at Troy, and several productions directed by the late Eve Adamson. Regional theater work has been seen at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and the Dallas Shakespeare Festival.  She designed Romeo and Juliet, one of six tours of the National Endowment for the Arts’ series Shakespeare in the American Communities.

Peggy’s international design work has been seen at the B.A.T. Studio Theatre (Berlin), the Teatro Alfa Real (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and for the E.T.A. Hoffmann Theatre in Bamberg (Germany). Additionally, she designed the first full-length English speaking production of The Tempest performed in Beijing, China.

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