We’re excited to have Molly Gregory joining our intern team this summer after working with Melissa D. Brown and Deb O in Jess K Smith’s site-specific dramaturgy class last fall. Molly and her group of collaborators transformed Collins Memorial Library into a journey through a lifetime that was both funny and heartbreaking. As a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Molly made a home for herself in comedy writing and performance, though her thesis and acting classes would clearly point to the fact that her skills are not limited to comedic work. In her senior year she immersed herself more in design and learned that she really enjoyed it. We can’t wait to see what she generates with us this summer!
Three questions with Molly:
What’s the best performance you’ve seen lately?
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams 2017 revival on Broadway right now is my favorite performance I’ve seen recently because it really explored the themes behind the play in new and interesting ways. It was an extraordinarily beautiful portrayal of a classic play. I experienced true catharsis during the performance and was blown away by the images conjured on the stage at the Belasco Theatre. I cried for probably 3 hours not stop.
What have you recently fallen in love with?
I’ve recently fallen in love with scene design and model making. My scene design course has awakened a passion of mine. I never realized how much I liked being able to create interesting ways to use space and how much fun it was to make scale models of full sized sets. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to design a set for a real show, but I still loved the experience of getting to pretend that I was designing for a real show during my class.
What do you hope to gain from working with ARTBARN?
I hope to gain more experience with creating immersive theatre and generating new material. I really enjoyed the dramaturgy course on site-specific theatre that I took and I’m looking forward to gaining more experience with creating instillations like we did during that course. She is also excited to learn more about her passions and abilities as an artist.
MOLLY GREGORY is a recent graduate from the University of Puget Sound. She majored in theatre and minored in Spanish. She has been a theatre maker for almost ten years, and her passion for theatre has evolved over the years from being a desperate need for extracurricular activities during her awkward teen years to a life long love of creative collaboration and spectacle. Her passion lies mostly in comedy, and she spent her four years of undergrad performing as a member of the Ubiquitous They Improv and Sketch Comedy group. She also spent the past two summers studying long form improv at iO Chicago and Second City Chicago, as well as sketch writing at Second City Chicago. While comedy is a major interest of Molly’s, she enjoys and has experience with costume and sound design, directing, stage-managing, and play writing. For her thesis, Molly acted in a dramatic role as Danielle from Steve Yockey’s Afterlife: A Ghost Story and found joy in dramatic acting as well. Molly enjoys many sides of theatre and is excited to learn more about herself as a collaborator and theatre maker during her ARTBARN internship.