Marisa Kirby – Choreographer

Marisa_Kirby_HeadshotSay hello to Marisa Kirby, Choreographer from Little Rock, Arkansas! Working her first season with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, meet Marisa below.

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
I’m the choreographer for The Addams Family.

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season here at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. I actually got this job through the Unified Professional Theatre Auditions in Memphis, Tennessee. I left my resume with several theatre companies and received a phone call from Dwayne asking me to come in for an interview. A few weeks later, they called and offered me the job. I am so excited to be here!

Marisa_Kirby_2Please share your personal history with theatre.
I grew up dancing. I started around the age of three and just never stopped. The love for theatre and choreography came later when I was in high school. I was so fortunate to go to a school with a fantastic theatre and dance program. I had the opportunity to perform in many plays and musicals, and landed my first lead as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. I will never forget it. Soon the faculty let me begin choreographing.

When I graduated, I was hired to be a choreographer for Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s phenomenal young artist program. This theatre gave me a wonderful start at such a young age and made me fall more in love with dance and theatre. Nine years later, I am still involved with this program. I earned a degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a BFA in dance performance and I’m also a member of Actor’s Equity. I love performing just as much as being on the creative team and recently performed in productions of Mary Poppins, Memphis, Les Mis and Elf, for which I was also the choreographer. I can’t imagine doing one and not the other. Being on stage feels like home.

What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
Well, I’m only here for about 3-1/2 weeks, but I’ve definitely found some time to explore Bigfork and surrounding places here in Montana. I really enjoy the little downtown area. It’s so charming, and the family atmosphere definitely reminds me of home. I’ve certainly seen lots of nature and beautiful landscapes, but I was sure to find the time to squeeze in my favorite pastime of shopping! I have ventured out to Kalispell, Whitefish, and even managed to squeeze in a little time at Glacier Park one day. It’s such a beautiful place to work and I can only imagine what it looks like covered in snow. I usually make my daily stop downtown to the “Montana Scene.” I’ve enjoyed getting to know the young ladies who work there and they make a fantastic Brown Bear Smoothie!

Marisa_Kirby_3What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
Back to Little Rock I go! In addition to performing and choreographing, I am also the artistic director for Ms. Karen’s Dance Studio. When I return, we will be preparing for our annual company showcase and national dance competition. I will choreograph for the Rep’s Young Artist Program in July and I’ve also got an audition for The Little Mermaid coming up! It’s going to be a busy summer and fall, but that’s a good thing!

What else would you like to add?
I feel so fortunate to share my love of dance and theater with many aspiring young performers. I love to teach! Outside of the theatre world, I have taught nationwide master classes and workshops to aspiring dancers and performers. I have also judged for dance competitions across the nation. I hope to continue to inspire performers to pursue their dreams as I continue to pursue mine!

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