Next Up!

Season 2017 – 2018

October 12-28

The classic “deal with the devil” story is reborn in company member Jessica Crosby’s mash-up of the venerated works by Goethe and Marlowe. Two tragic stories are woven into one Faustian tale of power, love, and destruction. Witness the vibrant fusion of two timeless masterpieces, featuring contemporary music and exhilarating movement-based performances.

December – January

KFT’s annual wintertime tradition returns! Join the escapades of Vakula, Oksana, The Devil, and more as they try to save Christmas in the only way they know how. Love, money, and mischief abound in this goofy and heartwarming adaptation of Gogol’s short story by company members Amy Canfield and Kevin Dedes. Critics called last year’s crowd-pleasing run an ‘absurd’ and ‘kitschy’ holiday farce. Come for the horilka, stay for the laughs. And in a Kingfisher first, we’ll be performing at Rochester’s own MuCCC.


Hailed by critics as a masterpiece, this thought-provoking, and a highly original thriller was written by Czech writer Karel Čapek in the year 1920. Not only did Čapek create this now-classic sci-fi melodrama, in his play he coined the very term ‘robots’ which has now become an everyday part of modern life. Short for “Rossum’s Universal Robots,” RUR is a story about what makes us human, and to what lengths we’ll go to protect our ourselves, our identities, and our loves.


Possibly Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing is a story of pride and love in a sea of colossal misunderstandings. For centuries, audiences have been enraptured by Beatrice and Benedick’s spiteful banter and how they ultimately come to work together to clear the sullied name of Beatrice’s young cousin, Hero. Sexy, sweet, and full of mistaken identities, we’re delighted to wrap up our third season with our first dive into one of The Bard’s much-loved masterworks.


The New Kingfisher Summer Conservatory

As Rochester’s newest resident professional theater company, The Kingfisher Theater is offering 4 classes this summer for the general public. Whether you’re new to the art of theater-making or just want to expand your skills, these courses provide a good foundation in a variety of disciplines.

All levels of experience welcome.

Register and learn more about these courses on our Conservatory page.

Physical Theater & Play with Leslie Felbain

The instrument of the actor is the body, inclusive of breath, voice and movement. When our instrument is tuned we have the tools to play a wide range of theatrical styles and characters. In order to fully embody a character, it is important to be aware of our own habitual patterns of movement and speech. It is essential to train our physical bodies in order to expand our range of movement and express gestures that may be different than our own. In this workshop we will focus on physical training that includes strength, flexibility, endurance, rhythm and dynamics of space. We will explore applying this physical training to playing characters, scenes and improvisations. The workshop will be a safe environment to play, expand one’s vocabulary and take risks.

Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Accommodations and adjustments will be made for people who have specific physical needs.

Visit our Conservatory page to learn more!

The Musical Audition with Craig Raisner

The instrument of the actor is the body, inclusive of breath, voice and movement. In this course we’ll examine the anatomy of a song using techniques originally developed by David Craig and Oscar Kosarin to explore the lyric as story to find its underlying subtext as relates to the performer (irrespective of the show). Although not specifically geared to developing one’s physical “instrument” or voice, participants will have vocal coaching while learning and honing specific techniques and approaches to professional auditions and performance and working with an accompanist. We’ll discuss the development and flow/format of librettos written in the great tradition of American Musical Theatre (i.e., the Broadway Show) exploring types of songs while learning why they are placed where they are in the context of the story. If there is interest, we can take a look at Cabaret performance and explore how our approach to lyric storytelling is crucial in the development process of this unique art form which owes its content to Musical Theatre composers and lyricists.

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Scene Study: The Works of Anton Chekhov with Kevin Dedes

This course will focus on utilizing various acting techniques to foster the development of an actor’s voice and to present selections from the works of master playwright Anton Chekhov. We will be working from the Paul Schmidt translations.

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Speech for the Stage with Amy Canfield

This course is intended to enable actors/performers to improve their voice and articulation. Students will learn the processes used in creating voice: respiration, phonation, resonation, and articulation, and will be able to apply these processes to the increased usage and control of pitch, loudness, quality, enunciation and rate of the voice. Course methods include the use of relaxation and breathing exercises, in-class performances, and vocal exercises. The class will also be introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet in order to more readily work toward a Standard American dialect.

Visit our Conservatory page to learn more!

To register for classes please fill out the form here