Rick Kemp (Theatre, Dance, and Performance) works as staging
director and creative consultant with the Pittsburgh-based performance
ensemble Squonk Opera. The company creates interdisciplinary multimedia
performances with live music, installations, and kinetic sculptures that
tour nationally and internationally.
Their most recent project,
“Hand to Hand,” involves a pair of 20 foot-high hands and had a
multi-city premiere at Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, Pittsburgh’s
Downtown Partnership, and the Kennedy Center’s REACH Festival.
long association with the company has led to opportunities for multiple
IUP alumni, with lighting designer Forrest Trimble ’15 currently on
tour with the group.
David Kilpatrick, director of
Education at the Kennedy Center, says about Squonk, “I don’t know if
there’s another company quite like them in the US that does these
outdoor shows that work for parades, or work for multisensory
environments, in such a dynamic way. Basically, when you work outside in
a public space, you’re accessible to everyone. And so that sort of
inclusiveness of their work is really exciting.”