Encore welcomes artistic and education directors
After a six-month long nationwide search, Encore Theatrical Company has announced the appointment of two new directors.
Beginning Feb. 17, Kate Adams and Patrick Kramer, both from the Nashville area, will be joining the company. Adams will assume the role of artistic director while Kramer will be serving as education director.
Adams and Kramer are a couple both on stage and off, and love working together.
Together, they co-founded Wild Card Productions.
“We could not be more excited to have these dynamic artists joining us,” said Renee McGarel, Chair of the Encore Board of Trustees. “Their experience, energy, and talents are a perfect fit for our mission of improving the Lakeway Area’s quality of life through the performing arts and arts education.”
Drew Ogle, Encore’s co-founder and managing director, agrees.
“I am looking forward to working with Kate and Patrick and believe they will be tremendous assets to Encore and to our community.
“This past season was our most attended ever, and it was very important to our board and company that the new directors have both the experience and the vision to lead our quickly growing and diverse programs. It was clear from our first meeting with this couple that they have a vision to take us even further.”
To that end, Ogle said the community can expect to see greatly expanded youth and educational programs from Encore in 2014.
Adams and Kramer are convinced they have found a perfect new home.
“What Encore Theatrical Company has created is something special,” says Adams.
“Throughout my visit to Morristown, I felt as if I did not meet a single person whom I did not want to jump in and start working with. The possibilities are endless concerning this company, what it can do, or where it can go. I am honored to join the board and the company in leading this amazing theatre artistically.”
Kramer was impressed with the amount of support Encore receives from the Lakeway community.
He cited the company’s partnership with Walters State Community College as well as the extensive list of corporate supporters, private donors, and active volunteer base as primary reasons he pursued the position.
“It’s clear that this community understands how important quality of life and the arts are to its development,” the director said. “We are looking forward to calling Morristown home.”
Adams is a professional director, choreographer, actress and teacher whose work has been performed across the United States as well as Europe, Russia and Brazil.
Prior to coming to Morristown, Adams served as the artistic director for the Keeton Dinner Theatre in Nashville.
Kramer, a native of Columbia, SC, has more than 50 productions to his credit.
In addition to acting, Kramer is an award-winning director. Some of his favorite directing credits include “The Producers,” “Urinetown the Musical,” “Noises Off,” “Hairspray” and “Moon Over Buffalo” for Towne Centre Theatre.
Before moving to Nashville, Kramer toured professionally during which time he had the pleasure of performing in almost every state the United States.
He has worked extensively as an improvisational comic and also was featured voice talent in the animated film “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie!”