Over the years, we've been fortunate to have great theatre artists who were willing to tell us about the joys—and challenges—of being a "Couple in Theatre." Now we want to hear what you have to say!
Here are some highlights from past years, to get us started off:
2006: Actor/director Kimberley Dooley & Shotgun Players artistic director Patrick Dooley
Kimberly: "Shared passion. We're lucky to have it. We can talk, collaborate, argue about art, which is huge."
Patrick: "Anyone else who's not in theatre doesn't understand the relationship you end up having with the theatre. No other partner would put up with it."
(Photo: Courtesy of Kimberly and Patrick Dooley, 2006)
2009: Actor Velina Brown & actor/writer/director Michael Gene Sullivan—who have worked in theatre together since high school
Velina: "Michael became quite a driving force in the [high school theatre] company—acting, directing, writing, drawing the posters. He was running around doing everything, and I got impressed with him. I did have a feeling from the first time we met that there was something, that we were supposed to be together."
(Photo: Courtesy of Velina Brown and Michael Gene Sullivan, 2009)
2011: Actor Fontana Butterfield-Guzmán & director Mary Guzmán
Fontana: "I admire the way she directs and respects actors. She makes rehearsals fun. She's a great parent, and the best thing about a great director is that they parent well."
Mary: "I can't imagine creating without her on any level."
(Mary Guzmán, Fontana Butterfield-Guzmán, and their son Orlando. Photo: Lisa Drostova, 2011)
2012: Actor Will Giamonna & director Dennis Lickteig (getting married soon!)
Will: "I clear my calendar for the opportunity to work with Dennis. I love him as a person and a director. He treats the characters honestly in both musicals and plays. And I get to spend time with my partner as well—that's the best part."
(Photo: Courtesy of Will Giammona and Dennis Lickteig, 2012)
2014: Director/teacher/producer M. Graham Smith & actor Will Dao
Graham: "We're often working even when we're home, so it's good to have a partner who can say, 'Hey, stop working! It's Sunday morning and this is the only time we are going to have to ourselves.' It's a great reminder to not work 24/7 and enjoy that other part of life that's not theatre."
(Photo: Courtesy of Will Dao and M. Graham Smith, 2014)
Please tell us what YOU love about working with your partner in the comments below!
Since taking on producing the shows she wanted to see while in college, this month’s Featured Member and two-time Lemonade Fund benefit producer, Megan Briggs, exemplifies how a theatre artist can blow past the constraints placed on early actors to create her own play and develop works that support the field. Read all about her here.