This week’s Tech Talent Spotlight is shining on Costume Design & Stage Manager, Kasey Cox!
- What is your name and how old are you?
- Kasey Cox, I am 30 years old.
- Do you have any social media links your fans and our audience can find you?
- Yes, I am on Facebook, click here to check it out!
- What are your hobbies, besides theater, of course?
- Crafts (sign painting, crochet), trying new restaurants, drinking coffee
- What do you do for a living?
- Instructor of Theatre and Communications at Missouri Baptist University
- How long have you been involved in theater and what’s your technical specialty?
- I have been involved in some way since I was 12 years old. I am an actor/director, but I also costume design and stage manage.
- What’s the biggest challenge for tech crews?
- Communication between all of the moving pieces of a show.
- What are the top three favorite shows you have worked on?
- “Falling” by Deanna Jent at MBU
- “Peter Pan” at MBU
- “Steel Magnolias” Kirkwood Theatre Guild
- What are the top three shows you would love to be a part of?
- Les Miserables
- Come From Away
- What companies have you worked with?
- St. Louis Summer Players
- Kirkwood Theatre Guild
- Act Two Theatre
- Acting Out! (company I founded in Cape Girardeau, MO)
- What award nominations, wins, and other accolades have you received?
- Theatre Mask Award Nomination- Best Comedic Ensemble (The Odd Couple-Female Version, Act Two Theatre)
- Best Performance Award Nomination- Costume Design (Oliver!, St. Louis Summer Players)
Beliefs that motivate Kasey.
Thank you so much, Kasey, for agreeing to be our Tech Talent Spotlight this week!
As we all know, everyone has their own reasons within them to do what they do. When I ask Kasey what motivated her to continue to be involved in Community Theater, she explained to me that she believes that theater is a sacred medium.
She continued to explain her beliefs by adding, ” I believe that we are created to work through stories and to understand truth through stories. Theatre that I love, is all about broken people trying to put themselves or each other back together. The idea of redemption runs deep in my heart. I love portraying people as what they are – imperfect, but struggling.”
When my question “What do you feel is the biggest challenge for Community Theatre?” Kasey let me know she thought commitment topped the list.
Here are her personal thoughts:
” I believe that commitment is one of the biggest challenges of community theatre. We have to sell the idea that theatre is so precious that it deserves to have your volunteer hours and your excellence. It’s exhausting work for no pay, so everyone has to get behind this idea or it will fall apart. Why do we make these shows? Why should I give my time and energy here rather than an animal shelter or Meals on Wheels? So the fight for committed volunteers is, I think, very real.”
On behalf of St. Louis Limelight Magazine, I want to thank Kasey once again for the awesome “10 Question” segment and wish her the best of luck in all her up and coming endeavors! I would also like to mention that Kasey informed me that all the images she provided us with for this piece….she was “in action” directing! Thank you for sharing, Kasey!