Kathleen Capdesuner is a candidate for Bachelor of Arts at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she is completing her fourth year in the Theatre Arts Major. She is passionate about all aspects of theatre making and production. As a Priscilla Parker Theatre Scholar at Rollins, she serves on the Chair’s Advisory Group as the Directing Emphasis Representative, is the Rollins College Chapter President of Alpha Psi Omega, National Theatre Honor Society, and lead improviser and workshop coordinator for the on campus improvisational troupe, Rollins Improv Players (RIP).
In efforts of becoming a global theatre maker, Kathleen draws influence from her multi-disciplinary training in directing, acting, dramaturgy, arts administration, and technical theatre. Through scripted and devised theatre, she tells dynamic stories featuring strong female characters, challenges the boundaries between audience and performer, as well as boldly explores new works. Kathleen's time at Rollins is marked by her international experiences in Prague, Czech Republic at the PQ: Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space, and the CAPA International Education Internship Program in London, United Kingdom. She is the student site leader for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival field study in August 2017.
Kathleen served as the Assistant Director for two Annie Russell Theatre productions: Guys and Dolls and Expecting Isabel. In the Second Stage Series, Kathleen directed Detroit, and with funding from the Second Stage Series Grant, playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Lisa D’Amour attended the opening night performance. Kathleen is the confirmed director of Nick Payne’s Constellations, where she is working in the Fred Stone Theatre once more. In these diverse experiences, she shadowed various directors, gained hands-on knowledge in the production process, and developed her artistic voice.
Kathleen was a 2016 Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship recipient, and completed dramaturgical research for the original production of Upton Abbey: An Improvised Comedy of English Manors. She starred as Alice Cranworth and Poppy Keane in this production at the Annie Russell Theatre in November 2016.
As a driven artist, Kathleen is seeking experiences that will challenge and foster growth in her pursuit of an international theatre career.