Kim Howard Carrell
Current Employer/Organisation Name
Worcester State University
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
In addition to teaching at the university level, I have continued to work in theatre as an actor, director, and fight choreographer.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I had been working in theatre for almost twenty years before attending Exeter. I believe that all people have a deep need for stories and storytelling and working in theatre allows me to be a vehicle for that. Stories connect us to out past, to our deepest selves, and – most importantly – to each other.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
Member of University of Exeter Fencing Club Member and President of University of Exeter Pagan Circle Interviewed for Exeposé about working in film. Performed in “UNI-verse” comedy series for XTV.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
Studying/working with Prof. Peter Thomson and the late Prof. Christopher McCullough; the programme’s residency at Shakespeare’s Globe; touring productions around Devon.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
The exceptional quality of the Staging Shakespeare programme, the city of Exeter itself, the opportunity to spend time traveling throughout the U.K.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
The Staging Shakespeare programme was unlike anything I could find in the U.S.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
Staying open to new and/or unfamiliar approaches to theatre, being able to talk to and consult with scholars and theatre professionals whose work has influenced mine.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Focus on the WORK – don’t get distracted by the bells and whistles.
What are your plans for the future?
To continue working as an actor and director; to continue teaching; to write a book about applying more of what we know about early modern approaches to acting and staging to modern productions of Shakespeare.