News and Notes
For January and February I've joined the fine ceramic artists at Fire On Gallery and Studio at the Torpedo Factory. I still have all my functional pottery at the Scope Gallery across the hall, but at Fire On I have a great selection of Window Bowls and jewelry. Come and visit! I'm in on Tuesdays.
First up this season will be a production of Emma directed by Alan Wade at George Washington University. I'll be doing the choreography!
In February, I will be directing a production of Big Love by Charles Mee at Montgomery College.
And in June, Adventure Theater will open its production of The Cat in the Hat starring Rick Hammerly. I'm directing and I'm very excited about this project!
In January I was honored with the Kira Fournier Scholarship that allowed me to go the North Country Studio Workshop and study repousee and chasing with the amazing Nancy Megan Corwin. It was a wonderful experience-I made new friends and have fallen in love with this new technique. I hope to have some new work to show soon.
The Greater Reston Arts Center's Fine Arts Festival is right around the corner! Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 right in the town center of Reston, VA.
Lots of news! I spent the month of June at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony as an Artist in Residence in Woodstock, NY. It was a fantastic experience. Fellow A.I.R. Darryl Lauster made a video of my pit firing and photos of the new work I created are now on my Pottery-Window Bowls page.
I'm also now an official Associate Artist at the Torpedo Factory and I'm subletting Studio 24 (Joan Ulrich and Carolyn Romano's studio) from July 9 until August 9, 2012. For the first time I have all my Window Bowls and my jewelry displayed and available for purchase in one place. Come to Old Town Alexandria, VA and visit! Do it soon, because summer is shorter than we think!
I also have a selected number of Window Bowls at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery in downtown Silver Spring in the Civic Building at Veteran's Square.
My first solo show Memories: Ceramics and Mixed Media at the Waverly Street Gallery was gorgeous! What a great opportunity is was to have so many of my window bowls all displayed together in one place! Thanks to all who made it over there in January. It was a great way to start the year!
PLAA (Physical Language Analysis for Actors): Acting from the Outside In. Monday, March 26 from 6:30 to 9:30pm.
PLAA focuses on the actor's internal space using a vocabulary and exercises to tap into the body's core to discover and release authentic and powerful physio-emotional and psychological response.
Lead by Karin Abromaitis-Director, Choreographer and Teacher
See the QuestFest website for details: www.questfest.org/
Helen Hayes Nomination!!! Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Awared for Outstanding Family Theater. Nick Olcott directed the fabulous cast, starring the indominatable Felicia Curry. I did the movement work! Its very exciting to be part of this again after last year's win with If You Give Pig a Pancake (which I also did movement and choreography for).
Blood Wedding had a great run at Constellation Theatre at the Source Theater at !4th and T Streets, NW, DC. Beautiful show directed by Shirley Serotsky and movement and dance by yours truly.
In April, I'll be directing 5 Little Monkeys at Adventure Theater. Sure to be a barrel of fun!
March 2011: WPA (Washington Project for the Arts) is having their annual exhibition and auction soon. I'll have 5-6 pieces in the the show-so please put these dates in your calendar! Exhibition Opening is at 700 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC from 6-9pm on February 19. The auction preview night is March 1, at 6:30pm. And the gala and auction are on March 12 from 8pm to midnight.
Once again, Adventure Theater is bringing the intrepid team of Jerry Whiddon (director), Karin Abromaitis (movement coach and choreographer) and Jason Schlafstein (assistant brains) together to
bring you another ton of fun with If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, starring Branda Locke and Linden Taylor.
I had teabowls accepted into two shows running through August: The Yunomi National at the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC. And the Kansas City Teabowl Show, in Kansas City, Missouri.
AUSTRIA! I've been invited to present my work with PLAA at the IUGTE (International University Global Theatre Experience) Conference. Its an exciting opportunity to broaden the range of my work in Actor Training. A great way to end the year!
The conference was wonderful on all fronts! Fantastic people, amazing workshops, beautiful setting! My Master Class on PLAA (my actor training methodology) was enthusiastically received! Looks like some international collaborations will be forthcoming!
Adventure won its first Helen Hayes award for last summer's production of If You Give a Pig a Pancake, directed by Jerry Whiddon and choreographed by me! Holly Twyford and Branda Locke starred!
Washington Shakespeare Company is currently in rehearsal for the Tennessee Williams Continuum. It will be an evening of one acts by Williams. I'll be onstage in this for a change. The Tennessee Williams Continuum will be playing in rep with Night and Day by Tom Stoppard at the Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA. The show opens May 23 and runs until July 3. See you there!
2010 Theater: The final installment of Alcestis is coming up this Monday night, November 1. Alcestis is part of the Hope Opera project with performances in installments throughout the month of October. This time I will be onstage as well as choreographing the movement and stage fights. Alcestis is written by Tom Mallan and directed by Lynn Sharp Spears. At The Comedy Club on Wilson Blvd., Ballston, VA, 8pm.
Theater: First up for me is Shipwrecked: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself) at Everyman Theater in Baltimore, MD. I'm not in the show, but I am having a fantastic time as the movement coach, assisting director Derek Goldman and an amazing cast of actors-Bruce Nelson, Clint Brandhagen and Tuyet Pham.
In June, 2010: The Source Theatre Festival in association with the Cultural Development Corporation selected me to participate in this year's Artist Blind Date collaborative projects. The performance dates are Wednesday, June 23, Friday, June 25 at 8pm and Saturday, June 26 at 1pm at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Our piece, Memoria Brassica is an exploration of the intersection of memory, its disintegration, technology and cabbages. Using strong images-both visual and physical, and an intriguing juxtaposition of texts and sound we are creating an abstract narrative about aging, home and connection. My incredible collaborators are Kristina Bilonick, a print maker, and Tzveta Kassabova, a dancer and choreographer. http://sourcedc.org/sourcefestival/
In July: If You Give a Pig a Pancake is opening July 3 at Adventure Theatre. Jerry Whiddon is directing, I'm doing the movement work, and Holly Twyford and Branda Lock are playing Felicia and Laura.
On the craft work side: School's out so I'm in my studio working in blissful solitude. I'm planning on having a great inventory of new work. My Window Bowls line is expanding with new forms and sizes and surface treatments-I think you will be pleased. My inventory of functional work is also being replenished, as well as a more complete line of jewelry pieces.
Saturday and Sunday, November 13 & 14 from 10am-4pm: Kiln Club Holiday Sale at Colvin Run Mill Barn, Great Falls, VA
On September 11-October 16, the Strathmore Mansion is presenting its exhibition Abstraction: More Than Meets the Eye. I am very excited to have 11 Window Bowls in this show. The opening reception will be on Thursday, September 16 from 7-9pm.
I also have a piece in the Clay Times/Sierra Nevada College show, A New Decade of Clay: 2010, at the Northstar Resort Gallery in Truckee, CA. This show runs from September 17-October 16.
Two other successful shows this fall have been the Washington Project for the Arts show at Hickok Cole in Georgetown and the Delta show at the Woodlawn Mansion in Olney, MD.
I've been wait listed for the Washington Craft Show, which will be held at the Washington DC Convention Center on November 19, 20 and 21, 2010. I'm making work as if I'll be in the show, so send good thoughts to make it true!
Pottery & Jewelry
November 2009: Open House and Pottery Sale
So sorry to disappoint anyone, but due to unforeseeable circumstances I won't be having my Open House and Pottery Sale this fall. All is not lost however! For gift-giving this holiday season my pottery continues to be available at the Scope Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. And if you're interested in my jewelry work, I have a good inventory of brooches and earrings like the ones that are pictured here, please contact me at Kabromaitis@gmail.com.
October 2009: This is just the most exciting news!!! I've just been accepted into four, yep count them, four national exhibitions!
Cape Fear Studios-Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition in Fayetteville, NC. The show runs from October 23 to November 23, 2009.
The Pen and Brush, Inc. show, Home is Where the Art Is, in New York City, runs from October 29 to November 22, 2009.
Illuminations, at 18 Hands Gallery, in Houston, TX accepted three window bowls that will be exhibited from November 7 until December 2, 2009.
And closer to home, I've had my metal & mixed media piece, Oculus #1, accepted into the Pandora's Box Show at the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory. That show runs from December 10, 2009 to January 10, 2010.
THEATER FALL 2009
Little Shop of Horrors open October 29 at George Washington University. I’m doing the puppet and fight choreography. For tickets and info: www.theatredance.gwu.edu or call 202.994.0995.
6 Characters in Search of an Author, adapted and directed by Derek Goldman, closes this weekend on October 25 at Georgetown University. Its a stunning production. I was delighted to do the fight choreography and movement coaching on that one.
An exciting new production of Go Dog Go that I directed is still running at Adventure Theatre and continues until November 8.
I had the pleasure of choreographing The Rocky Horror Show at Montgomery College earlier this month. Crazy good fun! Roberta Gasbarre directed. There are great photos on the Speech, Dance, Theater Department site. I will be posting photos here as well soon.
House of Blue Leaves opens at Montgomery College in November. I’m doing some stage combat on that one. Directed by Jessica Lefkow.
COMING IN WINTER/SPRING 2010
I’ll be directing a production of She Loves Me at Montgomery College and choreographing and doing movement work on Much Ado About Nothing at George Washington University, directed by Alan Wade.
The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang, that I've directed at Montgomery College, Rockville, opens on November 19 and runs through November 23. For ticket information, please check the Website:
I'm also doing movement and puppet coaching for Alice, adapted and directed by Mary Hall Surface at Round House Theatre. Alice opens at Round House Theatre, Bethesday on November 26, 2008 and runs until December 28, 2008.
After 30 years of promoting and selling fine crafts, American Craft in Takoma Park has closed its doors. They carried my work for nearly 10 years and I will miss them. I'm still selling my pottery at the Scope Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, VA, and the Pyramid Atlantic retail shop in Silver Spring, MD. So you can still get beautifully handcrafted gifts for all your friends and family! Or contact me on my website-I'd be delighted to sell to you via the web.
THEATER 2008-2009 season:
Theater is about to take the front seat in my life for awhile. I'll be working at Round House Theatre again-this time doing movement coaching for Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Derek Goldman. This will be the second time I've worked with Derek on this show-I'm thrilled!
Alice is still running at Round House-its a beautiful piece and great for the entire family. Alice runs through Dec. 28.
I'll also be working on two shows at Adventure Theatre coming up soon. Holes, which opens in late January and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which opens in February.
Pottery & Jewelry
I'm currently on a new path to investigate and develop a series of Window Bowls with a narrative theme on journey (both internal/spiritually and external/physically). This idea was inspired by the Native Haida and Tlingkit art work I saw while working in Juneau, Alaska last August.
I’m interested in developing a narrative aspect for these pieces and looking for more ways to incorporate reflected and source light. I’ve started translating the basic idea of the window bowls onto slab wall pieces and am developing that farther.
The narrative themes I want to investigate are journey (on multiple levels), and personal history. Technically I’m interested in experimenting with new materials for the window treatments and ways to use light. In the past I’ve used found objects, natural materials-bones, stones, twigs, bark, etc and more recently metals-copper and silver. I’ve used primarily metal leafing to reflect light in the past and have just begun to use electrical light sources. Artificial light is an area I want to do more with and have very little knowledge about.
June 30, 2008
Other news! I'll be leaving for the Penland School of Crafts on Saturday, where I'll be spending two weeks as the movement instructor. Penland is such a magical place. I anticipate that I'll be soaking up an incredible amount of inspiration as I have in years past!
August 26, 2008
Wow! What a fantastic summer I've had. A class at Haystack with Ken Bova, that just rocked! And a fabulous session at Penland where I was the movement instructor and generally hung out in the Metals studio in my free time playing with the rolling mill. And to cap things off-I received a generous grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County! This website has been created with their help.
On the theater front: Things are pretty quiet right now. I try to spend my summers focused on pottery. I have just lead 4 workshops in PLAA (Physical Language Analysis for Actors) and mask for the Theater Summer Camp at the Bullis School in Potomac, MD. My friend, Lynn Sharp Spears directs a fabulous camp for teens there!
And the best news this summer, theater-wise for me, is that I've been accepted for the Artists' Roster for the Arts and Humanites Council of Montgomery County, MD. I will be available for leading a variety of workshops that will be listed with them as well as this website.