Kimberlyn Frost ’13 simply doesn’t slow down. Fresh off the heels of her Senior Project, playing the role of Betty Chumley in Harvey, Kimberlyn has jumped straight into her next endeavor: directing Studio 115’s production of The Woman In Black, opening March 22! In addition to working to make this ghost play the spookiest it can be, Kimberlyn holds down a job in the Klein Theatre Box Office and keeps things in the Studio running smoothly as Chair of the Studio 115 Committee!
The Department of Theatre and Dance brought Kimberlyn in for an interview
to get the inside scoop on this tireless actor and director!
T&D: What is your major?
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Kimberlyn: I concentrate mostly on acting, but I also do some directing.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Kimberlyn: I mean, it’s kind of in my blood. Both of my parents did theatre into their 30’s, and I kind of grew up in it.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Kimberlyn: Harvey. Probably because it was my senior project, and it was a role I loved in a genre I loved.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Kimberlyn: I plan on trying to find internships and jobs that allow me to, as Gregg says, “Get in the room.” Whether it’s something I do management-wise, like a box office job, or something that allows me to observe the director and the actors’ work.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
My least favorite word is “pamphlet.” It’s just terrible, it doesn’t roll off the tongue well, the way it’s spelled is just not aesthetically pleasing.
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Kimberlyn: Almond Joys. They have coconut, and almonds. I wish they made combination Mounds and Almond Joys, because Mounds have the dark chocolate, but Almond Joys have the milk chocolate. If they could make Almond Joys with dark chocolate, that would be perfect.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Kimberlyn: If it was a musical, it would be Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Probably because I just want to be Angela Lansbury when I grow up. If I could direct any play, it would probably be No Exit. As a director, I like more existential, non-realistic, absurdist-esque pieces. If I could be in any play, it would be Macbeth.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Kimberlyn: I’ve done a lot of historic interpreting, which is kind of like reenacting, but you can get paid for interpreting. You can’t get paid for reenacting. I’m a history buff. I sing, I read, I play video games, I’m a nerd.
T&D: What drew you to The Woman In Black? What about the play has challenged you so far? What has been rewarding?
Kimberlyn: What drew me to the play first was that Colin [Manning] was really invested in it, and I think he planned on directing it at first but didn’t want to take too much on at once, and his enthusiasm made me enthusiastic for it. There was also the challenges of it being a non-realistic play, where you don’t have a lot to work with set-wise, you have to rely a lot on sound, and the actors changing the set quickly and completely. In terms of challenges, casting a female character entirely based on physicality, because she doesn’t have any lines, was extremely hard to figure out, and when I finally did figure out how to do it, I was really excited for it. Working with a lack of realistic setting makes it challenging to communicate to the actors what I see when it’s not there. The actors’ enthusiasm, and to know that it’s going to come together, it’s always rewarding to have the feeling that I can send this production out and it doesn’t need me anymore; which is also the scariest part.