MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – After a six month long nationwide search, Encore Theatrical Company is pleased to announce 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 serve as Education Director.
“We could not be more excited to have these dynamic artists joining us,” says 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 says 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 is impressed with the amount of support that Encore receives from the Lakeway community. He cites 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 says. “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, she served as the Artistic Director for the Keeton Dinner Theatre in Nashville. Some of her other credits in the middle Tennessee area include productions for the Renaissance Center, The Boiler Room Theater, Mel O’Drama, The Fame Foundation, Rhubarb Theater Company, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the Miss USA Pageant Jr and Petite Division, Circle Players, Act I, Shalom Theater, Donelson Christian Academy, University School Nashville, Act Too Productions, Damhsa Onorach Productions, McGavock’s Capital Sounds, and McGavock Ladies show choirs. Regionally, Adams credits include productions for Western Kentucky University, many productions in Branson, Springfield, and St. Louis, MO, as well as Chicago, IL. She has performed professionally across the country with over eighty shows to her credit, and has appeared with Dino Kartsonakis, Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Glen Cambell, Whitney Houston and many others. Her awards and honors include receiving the 2011 First Night Star Award, being named one of Nashville’s best choreographers for 2010, 2011 and 2012, and numerous Best Director and Best Choreographer Awards.
Kramer, a native of Columbia, SC, has over fifty productions to his credit. Some of his favorite acting roles have been Leo Bloom in The Producers, J Peirpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Harry Witherspoon in Lucky Stuff, Sparky in Forever Plaid, H.G. Wells in the critically acclaimed original play Twilight of the Gods, Charlie in The Foreigner, Vice Principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, a vocalist in Smokey Joe’s Café, and Dr. Horrible in Act 1’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog.In addition to acting, he is an award-winning director. Some of his favorite directing credits include The Producers, Urinetown the Musical, Noises Off, Hairspray, 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! Patrick has numerous commercial and industrial credits to his name and has received several Best Director awards.
Adams and Kramer co-founded Wild Card Productions.
*Photo of Patrick Kramer and Karen Adams by Rick Malkin.