Capital Classics Theatre Company Selects Twelfth Night Director

Hamden resident to direct 22nd anniversary season

Capital Classics Theatre Company has selected Kaia Monroe Rarick as director for its 22nd anniversary season staging of Twelfth Night; or, What You Will. Central Connecticut's longest-running Shakespeare festival will run for three weekends, July 26 through August 12, 2012, on the grounds of Saint Joseph College in West Hartford.

Kaia Monroe Rarick, a Hamden resident, is Assistant Professor of theatre at Southern Connecticut State University. Monroe is the Acting/Voice/Movement Professor and is a vocal coach for all departmental productions. Just a few of her many directing credits include dramas such as Jean Awareness for the Second Sex Play Fest in New Haven (where she is also the producing director and founder) and Some Girls for Southern Connecticut State University and musicals such as Factory Girls at Goodspeed Musicals New Works Festival and Sweeney Todd at Cornell College.

"We are delighted to have Kaia on board as director for this summer's production of Twelfth Night," said Capital Classics Artistic Director and Co-Founder Laura Sheehan. "Her musical theatre and Commedia dell'Arte background—in combination with a deep understanding of Shakespeare—will bring an artistic twist to Twelfth Night. We can't wait to share her vision with our enthusiastic fans this summer."

"I'm thrilled to be given this opportunity with Capital Classics," Kaia Monroe Rarick said recently. "Their reputation for artistic excellence is well known through out the state. I'm deeply honored to be leading such a wonderful company for the summer."

Rarick's wide experience also includes director of one-act operas for Cornell College, and assistant choreographer/fight captain for Julius Caesar for the Judith Shakespeare Company, NYC, as well as many acting roles in musicals, classic dramas and Shakespeare's plays such as King Lear and Love's Labours Lost. Rarick is also certified in stage combat by the Society of American Fight Directors and a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.