Setting The Stage
Setting The Stage: A generous sense of curiosity and gratitude drives graduating College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences student, Kadin McGreevy, to explore new worlds on the stage.
Kadin McGreevy says his four years at the University of Idaho were a life-changing experience. The Moscow native has earned national attention as a student in the Theatre Arts Department, twice earning an all-expenses paid trip to the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Washington, D.C., for his outstanding direction.
McGreevy, who graduates in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, originally had no idea what major he was interested in pursuing, but he discovered a home in theater when he met the faculty and other students.
“Being surrounded by such passionate, earnest and welcoming people told me I was in the right place,” he said.
McGreevy had appeared in a couple shows in high school but wasn’t a “theater kid,” he said. That all changed with his first UI production, “Welcome Home Jenny Sutter,” where he was cast as a non-speaking ensemble member.
“Inspiration is a two-way street,” said David Lee-Painter, head of directing in Theatre Arts. “As a faculty we strive to sow the seeds of opportunity for life-changing experiences for our beloved students. Kadin is one who grew a thousand-fold during his Vandal-years. ”
“I look at that experience (“Welcome Home Jenny Sutter”) - the trajectory was incredibly influential on everything,” he said. “The willingness to say ‘yes’ has opened the door to so many things.”
The doors opened by McGreevy’s positive attitude include the opportunity to travel internationally.
McGreevy will head to Russia in June, along with 20 classmates and assistant professor Matt Foss, to study at the Moscow Art Theatre, founded by Konstantin Stanislavski, a patron saint of contemporary American theater. There, McGreevy will perform in a site-specific production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” see nearly 20 performances and tour famous museums and cultural sights.
McGreevy represented his college as a CLASS Ambassador and participated in several Region 7 KCACTF events as a performer - as an Irene Ryan scene partner - and as a director. It was in direction that he found his niche and he hasn’t looked back.
In his sophomore year he directed a 10-minute scene from “The Clean House” by Sarah Ruhl and began participating in events like the 10-Minute Theatre Festival. He produced a show with his friends for eight people a night in his downtown Moscow apartment. He unveiled his first, full-length directorial debut, “Vigils” by Noah Haidle, at the Prichard Art Gallery in August 2015. Four months later, he served as a co-director for the 2015 holiday presentation of “A Christmas Carol.”
At the 2016 Region 7 KCACTF event in Denver, Colorado, McGreevy directed an “underground” performance of “Vigils” in a hotel conference room. This production earned him three awards: Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Performance and Production Ensembles, and Outstanding Director of a Play — plus the invitation to attend his second national KCACTF event in D.C.
His advisor, Lee-Painter, sees a promising future for McGreevy. “He has become a leader and inspiration for his pack through his immense grace, generosity, talent and humbleness in all things – he is a rare human being that has made us better.”
An invigorating five days in April, the national conference was an opportunity to network and envision the future. McGreevy is now on a mission to expand the appeal of theater and reach new segments of the populations.
"America needs more Idaho, more generosity and more curiosity,” McGreevy said. “I hope to get the opportunity to be an advocate for all three using what I've learned at this university."