We are so very lucky to be working with Adrian Kljucec for our third year in a row! After serving as an invaluable part of our dramaturgical team for We Remain Prepared alongside Sara Keats and presenting about the process at the National Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas conference in 2016 alongside Jess K Smith, we were thrilled to work with Adrian in the fall of 2016 when he served as the course assistant for the Projects in Dramaturgy class taught by Jess. Together, they guided a tremendous group of students through research, writing, design, and performance of two original site-specific performance pieces staged throughout the University of Puget Sound campus. When Adrian applied to be an intern for the 2017 residency, we were thrilled. There’s little that Adrian can’t do. He’s a fantastic collaborator, an insightful dramaturg, a gifted writer, a beautiful performer, and a badass designer. Among his many gifts, the greatest is perhaps his heart. He brings a rare emotional generosity to each and every project and our entire company has been made better because of it.

This semester, in his final months on campus, we are honored to have Adrian serving as our one and only ARTBARN intern. If you’ve seen the recent “Research | Realization” posts, those are all him! And there’s so much more that he’s doing to support our company behind the scenes. If you don’t know Adrian yet, make an effort to get to know/collaborate with/hire/cast/befriend him. You can thank us later!

Three questions with Adrian:

What’s the best performance you’ve seen lately?
The best performance I’ve seen lately would have to be a show from Lady Lamb’s Acoustic Living Room Tour. One of my favorite musical artists, Lady Lamb, began an intimate “Living Room Tour” to explore vulnerability with her latest album, Tender Warriors Club, and her audience. I saw her in Portland over Spring Break in someone’s tiny home, which held about 35 people comfortably. I sat on a couch, behind her guitar rack, to her left not expecting to be seen, but she made sure to acknowledge every single person in that room by holding eye contact with each one of us at least a few times. It was one of the most raw, vulnerable, humble, and connected shows I’ve seen in a long time.

What have you recently fallen in love with?
I have recently fallen deeper in love with devised work; watching it, dreaming of it, and creating it. Pushing the boundaries of what we consider to be theatre, expression, and performance continues to excite my spirit. Currently taking a course on directing, I am gaining a number of insights and tools that are already expanding what feels possible for performance in my mind. There is a type of fruitful freedom in devising work when one explores previously established limits, presses on them, and introduces their own. This is what most gets me giddy and gushy these days.

What do you hope to gain from working with ARTBARN?
I am ecstatic to continue my long-standing internship with ARTBARN this year. I have had a wonderful experience working with ARTBARN as an assistant dramaturg an exploring director and designer in the past, though I am greatly looking forward to gaining a better understanding of production management, strategic planning, and marketing this time around. I hope this facet of experiential learning with ARTBARN will prepare me for entering the professional world as a freelance theatre maker!

Adrian Kljucec is primarily an actor, but has discovered his love for design recently. He holds a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts and African American Studies from the University of Puget Sound. For his senior thesis project he sound designed for Lunacy by Sandra Perlman, and played the role of Connor in Afterlife: A Ghost Story by Steve Yockey. During his time at the university he has had the pleasure of acting in a number of pieces including: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang, One Tennis Shoe by Shel Silverstein, Sidewinders by Basil Kreimendahl, and Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn. In addition to his acting roles, he dramaturged the university’s production of RENT by Jonathan Larson, and has been a stage carpenter for all four years. Last summer Adrian was the assistant director and dramaturg on ARTBARN’s We Remain Prepared, while fulfilling additional roles as design assistant and set constructor. This past summer he co-dramaturged a staged reading of Gemini Season by Nelle Tankus for ACTivate, a series of readings through ACT’s ACTLab. He also participated in One Coast Collaboration’s week-long workshop as an actor for MJ Kaufman’s new developing play. Adrian is excited to have another opportunity to work with ARTBARN during his last semester in college!