Kimberley has been a theater professional since 1980, working as an actor, singer, accompanist, director, musical director, dramaturg, costume designer, and producer. She has been teaching since 1992, often as an arts educator. Her doctoral work focused on a protocol for fostering cross-cultural understanding, based on the work of Anna Deavere Smith. She spent 15 years in New York before returning to the DC area. She taught for both the Fairfax County Public Schools and George Mason University and served as board chair for Theater of the First Amendment.
“I am extremely excited to be working with Dominion Stage on this production of ‘Spring Awakening.’ I did some dramaturgical work on a new translation of the source material a few years ago, and I saw the Broadway cast of the musical, but never knew I would have an opportunity to work with the show in production. Playing a range of characters is a fascinating challenge – and at times they seem more alike than different. Each of them is doing what she thinks is best for the children in her life. Each of them is getting it incredibly wrong in one way or another. I see this show as a cautionary tale in many ways – about the consequences of young people having to make sense of the world by turning to one another with no reliable adults in their lives – and about the danger of secrecy, of struggling to keep up an appearance rather than being authentic. I think that’s the real rift between the generations in this play – the kids are bursting at the seams to express the things the adults are trying to keep quiet and under control.”
Christopher Gillespie (Adult Male) is thrilled to work with his former student, Dejon Campbell. He is pleased to return to Dominion Stage after performing as Mrs. Forrest in Psycho Beach Party. With a B.S. from Wright State University and M.F.A in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, Christopher is in his 16th year teaching theatre arts at Wakefield HS in Arlington. Favorite roles include Father Kenny in A Man of No Importance (Keegan Theatre), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Rutledge in 1776 and King Marchan in Victor/Victoria (LTA), Ed Earl Dodd in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Sylvia in Ruthless! and Eddie in Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (DS), Little Harp in The Robber Bridegroom (American Century Theater), Protean swing in …Forum (Signature) and Ed Earl in Whorehouse at Riverside Dinner Theatre.