Since 2003, when Lyralen Kaye started Another Country, the company has changed and grown. As Lyralen Kaye's Meisner classes have grown in popularity we have developed a large community of Meisner-trained actors who are featured each year in our March Slam. We have also begun to build an ensemble of artists who collaborate to produce work that meets our mission statement, that embodies the radically connected performances for which the Meisner technique is known, and that takes us into the kind of experimentation and creativity that can explode conventional expectation of what theatre can do, moving audiences and changing their perceptions of our world.
Meet our company members:
Kate London Associate Producer
Our newest member, Kate comes to us from San Francisco and Los Angeles, where she worked as an actor, voice over artist, and marketing executive. She brings a wealth of experience in theatre and film, and is an acting teacher and coach in her own right.
Marc Ewart, Slam Production Manager, Director, Stage Manager
Marc joined Another Country as the production manager for Betrayal in the spring of 2009 and quickly proved his amazing efficiency and organizational skills. Besides his administrative work, Marc has directed for many play events, winning audience favorite for Points-of-View.
Lyralen Kaye, Founder, Actor, Writer and Director
Lyralen, MFA Theatre, Sarah Lawrence, 2002, premiered in the November 2003 SLAMBoston with EARLY TO RISE. She originated the role of Mary Claire in THEY NAMED US MARY, 2004 played it again in 2006. Her other credits include Emma in Betrayal with ACP, Teresa in Memory of Water with Way Theatre Group, Polina in The Seagull at Theatre Zone, Vera in The Unveiling with Molasses Tank Productions, June Price (lead) in the feature film Mama's Boy as well as film credits in Escape from the Night and 27 Dresses. As a writer, Lyralen was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Fiction in 1997, won the Amazon Super Slam Poetry Women's Finals in 1998, won the Stanley and Eleanor Lipkin Prize in Playwriting in 2002, and was a finalist for the Mass Council of the Arts Awards in 2005. Her screenplay SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE IN IOWA was a finalist for the 2011 Roy Dean Award and a semifinalist for Pride Plays and Films, before winning a place in the Writers Lab, funded by Meryl Streep and administered by NYWIFT and ISIS.
Julia Short, Director, Actor
Julia began studying the Meisner technique at Another Country in 2009. She has since had the lead in Rescue in the 2011 Points of View Festival, has played Sarah in Saint John the Divine in Iowa's teaser, has directed with Another Country as well as writing and directing her own independent short film, Hello. She has worked for The Perishable Theatre in Providence and many Fringe Theatres in Boston.
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The Meisner technique creates performances of radical connectedness and naturalism, because the actors are taught to be emotionally truthful as they relate to each other on screen or on stage. In order for actors to take such risks, they need a respectful environment of shared values, and a community of other theatre artists committed to working together over time. Our priority is to practice our egalitarian political values on the individual level of company interaction while maintaining the highest of professional standards. We believe that these values enhance our work, the joy we take in it, and what we have to offer. It is our intention to provide the larger community of Boston an aesthetic of exceptionally truthful and layered performances. We believe that this kind of nuanced, spontaneous and alive theater awakens all who participate: audience, company, artists and crew-- to the full possibilities of our humanity.