We are pleased as blushing orchid punch that Katharine Chin has joined the TBA team as our new marketing associate. She's hella smart. She's hella funny. And she has
mad photoshop and design skills. Learn a little bit more about our newest TBA staffer below. And give her a big Bay Area theatre community welcome!
Where are you from and how long have you been in the Bay Area?
I'm from the Bay Area, born and raised. I also lived in Taiwan for five years throughout middle school and high school. I left the Bay Area for UC San Diego where I studied Biology & Political Science. After college, I spent a year in the desert starting a theatre company (Hungry River Theatre Co.) and then a year in Los Angeles, learning the ropes of film & TV in Hollywood. Now I'm finally back in the Bay!
How long have you been involved in theatre? Any specialized training or experience?
I've been involved in theatre in a non-high-school-elective sense since college where I was introduced to revolutionary idea that acting is more than "don't turn your back to the audience when you say your lines." I studied acting at UC San Diego (lots of Viewpoints) and more Viewpoints & improv with Steppenwolf West. After college, I studied at various improv & on-camera studios around Los Angeles.
What do you consider your specialty in theatre-making now?
I've become an arts administrator in support of my pursuit of acting so there's that, but on the artistic side I am very drawn to experimental theatre. Theatre that is irreverent, gutsy, heartfelt, silly or sweaty excites me. But I like rules, too. So it has to make sense. Even if the sense is that it doesn't make sense. Does that make sense?
What's the biggest theatre catastrophe you've ever faced?
Our five-person-triple-cast-Hamlet is opening in one week. Our set (rusted metal, mountains of tires, found junk from the desert) is not yet in the space (large, dusty, hazardous-extrusions-of-sharp-metal ex-batting cage). That's the short version.
I don't have any pets right now (sad face). But in my rosy, ideal distant future, I'd own a Nokota horse, a breed of wild horse from North Dakota that is generally compact, colorful, and competent.
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