The Fox River Valley has always been a great place for those who value the arts, a region alive with concerts, dramatic performances, comedy shows, art exhibits, fine arts events and more.
That’s why it comes as no surprise that a group of actors have formed a professional theatre company right here in St. Charles. The area’s newest creative entity, Kane Repertory Theatre, established in the spring with hopes of bringing professional, intellectually stimulating theatre to the community.
The professional theatre company, made predominately of graduates of the Northern Illinois University MFA program, will stage its first production – Our Town by Thornton Wilder – the first three weekends in October at the Marquee Youth Stage, 619 W Main St. in St. Charles.
The company is led by enthusiastic and committed individuals Daniil Krimer as artistic director and Avery Bowne as managing director.
Krimer has performed across the board in commercials, television, and film. He has collaborated with emerging playwrights on new works in multiple equity houses.
In 2016, he laid the groundwork for and cofounded Normal Ave. Productions-- a non-for-profit theatre company in NYC-- which now produces three full AEA productions each year.
Avery Bowne is an actor and theatre-maker based in Chicago. Born in Marietta, Georgia, he grew up around the theatre scene in Atlanta. After receiving his BFA in Acting from Brenau University he moved to DeKalb, Illinois to pursue his MFA in Acting at Northern Illinois University.
Filled with passion for both the stage and the audience, these driven actors and their company members are looking to do more than simply perform for us. They seek to become an intrinsic part of the community fabric. Programs already are in the works to bring drama education to the Illinois Youth Center, helping young men and women in crisis learn healthy forms of self-expression, gain creative outlets, and build self-confidence.
“We knew that this was the place for us, “ Bowen says. “The people here love where they live. They love their community and they participate in making it better.”
Tickets for Our Town are on sale now through the online box office. To discover more about the company members, or become involved in upcoming productions and initiatives, visit https://www.kanerepertorytheatre.com