Meet Keirsten Thomas: Co-Artistic Director and Resident Costume Designer
I have loved performing for as long as I can remember. I was the four year old who forced her entire family to put on a production of The Wizard of Oz in her backyard, fully stocked with handmade costumes and props, lion mane included. I knew that my life was going to be spent in theatre. That’s why when it came time for college, I immediately looked in NYS, and when I came across Niagara University, I knew I had found the next step in my theatrical career. What I didn’t know was that I had also found a home and community that I would fall in love with every time I came back to the area. While at NU, my love for theatre grew and my eyes were opened to the endless possibilities that this field provides. However, it wasn’t until I had moved across the country and back again, landing in the Hudson Valley teaching and directing young children in shows, that I had found my true passion. Guiding young people through their own journey in theatre was unlike anything I had experienced before: their lives were completely impacted by what I was able to give them, just as mine was by my own mentors. I figured, if I can affect that type of change in my own community, then that’s one step towards creating a better world and environment. And I knew that I’d want to start in the place that became so important to me: the Niagara Region. This area has shaped me into who I am, and I’m so excited to be a part of such a passionate group of people who are also dedicated to shaping the community through theatre.
Keirsten Lynne Thomas received her BFA in Theatre Performance with a Fine Arts Minor in Costume Design and Construction from Niagara University in 2013. Since graduation, she has been fortunate to continue her work in theatre, from The Entertainment Department of Walt Disney World in Florida, to the Gate Hill Players in the Hudson Valley, where she co-directed and designed multiple productions such as Jack's Nightmare: A Holiday Heist and Disney's Descendants. WNY credits include Pippin (Costume Designer), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Costume Design Supervisor), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Costume Designer) at NCCC; The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Costume Assistant) at St. Joe's Collegiate Institute; The Odyssey (Associate Costume Designer) at ArtPark; My Three Angels (Costume Designer) at The New Phoenix Theatre. She is also the Box Office Manager & Marketing Coordinator for NCCC Theatre Program.