Ashland Children’s Theatre was founded in 2004 as a project of Oregon Stage Works.
KATE SULLIVAN (ACT Co-Director), a founding member of Oregon Stage Works, holds a B.A. in Drama and Theatre from the University of Hawaii, where she trained in both Western and Eastern Acting styles. While in Hawaii, she performed and toured with Honolulu Theatre for Youth and taught creative drama for two years at their summer camp for young actors. In addition, she taught performance skills and theatre games to children, ages 5- 14 with “Getting Dramatic”, a program that set up Drama residencies in various Hawaii public schools. Trained in gymnastics, Kate has taught the sport and worked with young children for over thirty years. She has played numerous roles here in the Rogue Valley Her most recent Oregon Stage Works appearances include Mrs. Kendall in The Elephant Man, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible and Jessie Mae in The Trip to Boutiful. She spent four seasons as an understudy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
EVE SMYTH (ACT Co-Director) has been acting and performing improvisation for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in theater from San Francisco State University, Eve performed and toured with her own theater company throughout the Northwest. In San Francisco, Eve taught and performed with Bay Area Theater Sports where she was also the Director of their Young Audiences program at BATS Improv, where she facilitated improvisation workshops and performances in schools throughout the Bay Area. As an emerging playwright, Eve has written several scripts for Ashland Children’s Theater including “The Snow White Project” and “A Key to Her Heart” as well as directed a variety of special projects. She is also a member of the comedy improv troupe: The Hamazons.
KYNDRA LAUGHERY has been working with children for the last twelve years as a teacher, storyteller, and creative play facilitator. She performed in the valley for six years with the Greenroom Theater and Second Saturday Players. She teaches improv to children for Walker Elementary Pathways program, OSW Ashland Children’s Theater and Willow Wind. She played” Parsley” in Ashland Children’s Theaters’ production of The Peter Pan Project and Puck in its production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Currently she is director of our Teen Theatre as is a member of the comedy improv troupe: The Hamazons.