Please help us welcome the 2017-18 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows: Bart Buch (puppet director and designer), Katharine Horowitz (sound designer), and Regina Marie Williams (actor).
The McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center recognize Minnesota theater artists other than playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit. The fellowship provides a $25,000 award as well as access to $7,000 in development funds to launch a new collaborative theatrical work. Past recipients include Sarah Agnew, Ansa Akyea, Barry Browning, Shá Cage, Sun Mee Chomet, James Craven, Marcus Dilliard, Masanari Kawahara, Christopher Lutter-Gardella, Greta Oglesby, Sonja Parks, Denise Prosek, Joel Sass, Michael Wangen, James A. Williams, Stephen Yoakam, Mathew LeFebvre, Austene Van, and Sally Wingert.
The 2017-18 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows are:
- Bart Buch, a puppet director and designer who focuses on interpreting poetry into puppet performances that he calls puppet poems. Buch has worked at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre for 20 years.
- Katharine Horowitz, a sound designer known for layered effects and soundscapes who has designed for the Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, History Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre and many others.
- Regina Marie Williams, an actor seen recently in The Bluest Eye at the Guthrie Theater. Williams is a Penumbra Theatre company member and a Ten Thousand Things core member, and she originated the role of Nina in Christina Ham’s Nina Simone: Four Women at Park Square Theatre.
Puppet director and designer Bart Buch has created several independent puppet performances presented locally and nationally. He has also worked at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre for 20 years as a puppeteer, designer, director, teacher and currently Director of Youth and Community Programs.
Katharine Horowitz is a theatrical sound designer based in the Twin Cities, MN. With a focus on layered effects and soundscapes, she has designed critically-acclaimed and award-winning shows for the Guthrie Theater, Second City Theatricals, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Mixed Blood Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, History Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (Wellfleet, MA), Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival (Provincetown, MA), and many others. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Katharine is a professional member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.
REGINA MARIE WILLIAMS
Regina Marie Williams recently performed in The Bluest Eye at The Guthrie Theater. She is a Penumbra Theatre company member and a Ten Thousand Things core member. She originated the role of Nina in Christina Ham’s Nina Simone: Four Women commissioned by Park Square Theatre. Williams received an Ivey Award for the role of Mama Nadi in Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of Ruined and a Helen Hayes nomination for Red Shirts at Round House Theatre. Williams has produced three solo CDs and performs at the world-renowned Dakota Jazz Club. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.