Theater is an actor’s medium, and so The Kingfisher Theater intends to be a theater driven by actors. Our mission is to produce shows chosen by our company of resident actors in ways that truly highlight their own unique take on the art form.
2016 – 2017 Company Artists
Kevin Dedes began acting here in Rochester with The Shipping Dock Theatre’s productions of Last Train to Nibroc and Beautiful Thing. New York and California credits include Kate Crackernuts at The Flea (NYC), A Christmas Carol at The American Conservatory Theater, and Richard III at Cal Shakes (San Francisco); His original written work includes The Dangerous Difference, The Kookaburra, Two-Step, and Turtleback High. Mr. Dedes is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild eligible. He is the President and Artistic Director of The Kingfisher Theater, and through this organization, looks forward to presenting world-class theater productions in his hometown. For more of his work, please go to https://kevindedes.wordpress.com/.
Amy Canfield studied acting at Hiram College in her home state of Ohio. She continued her acting training in Chicago, studying with Bryne Piven and Eric Simonson at Piven Theatre Workshop; and Marlene Zuccaro and Victor D’Altorio at The Actor’s Center. She was a company member with Chicago’s Feminist Theatre Collective and also performed at Chicago Dramatists Workshop. In Rochester, Amy played Cilissa in Kingfisher Theater’s inaugural production of The Libation Bearers at Bread and Water Theatre. She has also worked with the Shakespeare Players, performing in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, King Lear, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet. She has also taught acting at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Kristy Barr fell in love with theatre at a young age, and credits Penfield Rec’s Young, Open, and Honest Players for nurturing that passion through her childhood. Though she has spent some time behind the scenes, she is primarily an actor and a singer, and has enjoyed playing many diverse roles with various theatre companies in the Greater Rochester area. Kristy graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a B.A. in History and a minor in Psychology. She worked for three years as HR Manager at local beverage distributor Lake Beverage Corp., and is currently part-time Payroll Manager there while pursuing her M.A. in Liberal Studies through Empire State College.
Ben Meyer is originally from Portland, Oregon, where he began stage managing with classic musicals such as Annie, Grease, and Oklahoma! Later he SMed and was the Technical Director for Twelve Angry Men, A Comedy of Errors, and Much Ado About Nothing. Before coming to Rochester he worked on Dying City for The Portland Playhouse as Assistant Stage Manager and Speech and Debate for Blue Monkey Theatre Company as Technical Director and Stage Manager. In Rochester he has exhibited his lighting, sound design, and stage managing skills on Bread & Water Theatre’s production of The Libation Bearers.
Jessica Thurston Crosby has written, directed, and performed in theatre of all genres since first appearing onstage as the mayor of Munchkinland at age 8. Notable past productions include Messiah College Theatre’s The Bald Soprano, Pizzazz, and the experimental new play Fertile Ground. In 2011, she worked as the supervisor of background talent on the set of the motion picture King’s Faith where she appeared on screen as a nurse. At Roberts Wesleyan College she founded Muse Creative Arts Ministry and directed the student-written showcase, The Chains. She’s delighted to be reprising Oksana after originating the role in last year’s production of DWB. She has also previously appeared with The Kingfisher Theater in Oedipus Rex and Sir Patient Fancy. Her directorial debut with the company was October’s Creditors by August Strindberg.
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