Nathan Tysen's STILLWATER Set for The Living Room, 10/20
The Living Room was born on the stoop of a Brooklyn Brownstone in 2009. Co-founders Rusty Sneary (Artistic Director) and Shawnna Journagan (Executive Director) decided to return to their native Kansas City with an idea to start a company that alleviated a common fear of theatre, and make it accessible and enjoyable to a broad audience, especially the inexperienced audience member. Another key principle was to collaborate with as many people using as many different media possible to make a family of artists that includes actors, directors, musicians, studio artists and anything else interesting. An artistic family was quickly born and continues, in their fourth year, now as a nonprofit organization, to collaborate and create provocative and quality work with a rapidly growing fan base.
Another goal of TLR is to work together and support all other local theatres to help create a strong and young backbone to the artistic community as a whole. The idea is to satisfy a very supportive existing audience while also attracting a younger demographic by fostering provocative works that defy traditional expectations. TLR, while employing KC's most experienced, also works as a bridge to present many young artists with opportunities that will showcase their talents, position them to continue to get work in other more established and recognized theatres such as the Kansas City Rep, and be secure in calling Kansas City their home. The Living Room shares the belief with Kansas City Repertory Theatre that the Kansas City theatre community is expanding rapidly and as more theatres continue to work together to create local awareness, their national recognition will as well. TLR is excited to add another endeavor to this growing collaborative relationship.
Just shy of its 50th anniversary, Kansas City Repertory Theatre is one of the nation's oldest and most respected regional theaters. Lauded by The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, Variety and the Toronto Sun, the Rep produces mainstage plays and special events at Spencer Theatre, where it serves as the professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), and Copaken Stage located in downtown Kansas City. Kansas City Rep employs more than 250 professional artists, technicians and administrators, and serves more than 100,000 patrons and 12,000 school children annually. Kansas City Repertory Theatre is led by Artistic Director Eric Rosen, and Executive Director Angela Lee Gieras.