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‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: American Stage’s Kristin Clippard

Bill DeYoung

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Kristin Clippard joined the American Stage staff, as Associate Artistic Director, the last week of February. She was, she admitted on the Tuesday edition of The Catalyst Sessions, excited about all the creative possibilities laid out in front of her – a new job, a new town, a venerable and well-oiled theatrical company in which she could work and play.

Then came the second week in March. And America became Coronavirus Country.

Clippard, like every member of the American Stage team, pivoted on a time and began processing new ways of reaching the theater’s audiences – and its donors and financial supporters – with virtual content.

June 5 saw the debut of “Shakespeare Lite,” a weekly one-hour live performance. Directed (not an easy task) by Clippard, Romeo and Juliet had a nine-member cast, each in his or her own room-with-a-camera.

“They were made up of members of our apprentice company, former apprentices, local actors , star actors who have come and gone and been a part of the American Stage production history … so it was a really really great mix of people to be working with.”

Clippard, whose previous American Stage directorial efforts were the exceptional The Roommate and Silent Sky, is a multi-tasking theater artist who’s worked, all over the country, as an actor, director, producer, writer and dramaturg.

You name it, she’s done it.

And this Sunday, for the livestream of A Comedy of Errors, she’ll be in the cast itself.

Clippard talked about the company’s virtual programming for July and August, and speculated as to when American Stage might re-open to audiences.

Today on The Catalyst Sessions: Ceramic artist Brenda McMahon.

Streaming weeknights at 7 on the Catalyst Facebook page. All Catalyst Sessions episodes are archived on the Catalyst YouTube page.

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