I grew up in suburban Kansas City, MO, in a town called Blue Springs. A daughter of teachers, I was happiest at school and an avid participant in all things extra-curricular. I was brought out of my shell by acting at a young age; I was quite literally that shy girl who suddenly found her voice upon the stage. In the theatre I witnessed, and have continued to be inspired by, the inclusion of anyone clamoring to express themselves. My taste runs toward the classics for much the same reason; I value lessons that confirm that we are all cut of one cloth and that our problems aren't new.
Education has been a huge part of my life. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (Creative Advertising) from the University of Kansas, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from Emporia State University (KS). I was encouraged to continue my educational quest, and earned my Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Florida State University's Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training from 1999-2002. Thereafter, I spent 10 years in New York City discovering the kind of artist I wanted to be. My path in New York took me from acting to casting to playwriting to directing and producing. I gradually began to identify to my artist peers as a strong and creative director and became increasingly motivated to lead by taking the helm in bigger and bigger projects.
In 2012, my husband, Michael Poignand, and I formed our own ensemble, Anthem Theatre Company, with the help and enthusiasm of dear friends, Johnny Kinsman and Lindsay McConchie. We moved our Anthem venture to Boston from New York in April 2013, so that the four of us could be a part of this city's ever-growing arts-rich culture, and to expand on our mission: to create excellent work that compels audiences to seek out more theatrical experiences, and to make it a part of their lives.
Seeking artistic, working-director mentors in the Boston area, I applied to the Boston University MFA Directing program, and am now a proud graduate of CFA Class of '16, as well as the recipient of a Master's Certificate in Arts Administration. My path at BU was one of daily revelations about my work as a TOTAL artist. Ever-synthesizing the tools I've gathered in my educational endeavors and my artistic life with Anthem Theatre Company, my deepest interest is in exploring how education and art, acting and directing, voice and movement, community and the individual, intersect.
Look for more from me in the coming months--and feel free to contact me with questions.
Thanks for visiting my site! -- Bryn
For more info on our company, visit Anthem Theatre Company.