Theatre of Western Springs Spotlight: Kathy Kovarik

Kathy Kovarik | Submitted by the Theatre of Western Springs
Kathy Kovarik | Submitted by the Theatre of Western Springs

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This week, we meet Kathy Kovarik of Chicago who joined TWS in 2012 after completing the TWS Studio I program.

Q. Why did you join TWS?

A. I thoroughly enjoyed my Studio I and II adventures and wanted that thrill-ride to continue.

Q. How did you find out about TWS?

A. A few years ago I came to see the TWS production - “The Lion in Winter” at TWS.  I was thoroughly impressed with the performances as well as the physical space.

Q. Go back in time. When did you discover you had an interest in theatre/drama?

A. That’s easy. I was in first grade and we put on our version of “The Wizard of Oz.” I was the wicked witch. It was exhilarating, and I was hooked right then and there. I remember my parents were a little concerned afterward. They thought I had a fever, and I guess they were right. Since that time, I have played Lady Manly Prowe in “Something’s Afoot,” Lorraine Sheldon and (a bit later on) Harriet in “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Alexandra Del Lago in “Sweet Bird of Youth,” Constance Crawford in “Drop Dead” and M’Lynn in “Steel Magnolias.”

Q. At TWS, do you work on crews, backstage and/or front of house?

A. I was the assistant stage manager for “Unnecessary Farce” which ran in late January. I had never done any sort of stage management before, and I am utterly blown away at the amount of effort and responsibility required in order to do a really good job. I am so pleased and grateful that our stage manager, Amy Turner, invited me to assist her. I also have worked the Will Call counter in the box office, hospitality, publicity and set dressing.

Q. At TWS, do you act on stage?

A. I have had the chance to perform in two Directors Workshops so far. In the first one I played the casting director in “Bad Auditions for Bad Actors,” and in the second I played Gloria in “The Spot.” I also participated in “Back to Broadway” last year. To date, the most challenging role I’ve ever played was Constance Crawford in “Drop Dead.” It took me forever to control my giggling, because the play and the actors were so outrageously funny.

Q. What do you love about TWS? What is it about TWS that motivates you?

A. I love the camaraderie that exists among these people who are willing to scratch themselves raw (figuratively speaking), to risk looking like fools, to be inordinately generous with one another in order to achieve something memorable, believable, gut-wrenching and honest. TWS provides the opportunity for all of us to experience this and more.

Q. Tell about something at TWS that was, is, or will be a really big thrill for you.

A. Performing onstage is the biggest thrill of all, and I am so looking forward to the next opportunity to do precisely that.

Q. List three things you have given TWS.

A. My time, my best efforts and my gratitude.

Q. List three things TWS has given you.

A. TWS provides the support which allows me the opportunity to do the thing that I love which, in turn, gives me unabashed joy.

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