Theatre veteran Kimberly Shaw will manage Lexington Children’s Theatre

Posted August 10, 2015

By Patrice K. Muhammad

Kimberly Shaw

Kimberly Shaw

    Lexington Children’s Theatre (LCT) has announced that Kimberly Shaw joined the company as General Manager.
A Lafayette High School and SCAPA graduate, Shaw is an accomplished pianist who played several instruments and was also a member of the marching band.
Shaw entered Historically Black Spelman College as a Music major. As an elective course outside her major, Kimberly took a class in Stage Craft and “fell in love’’. She became passionate about theatre set and stage design, lighting and behind the scenes work.
As a college intern for Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort she learned more about stage work and was hired after graduation. She had a long career with the company, working off and on for about 10 years. Shaw’s work with Disney included a Super Bowl half time show production and was part of the original team behind The Lion King on Broadway.
“The Lion King let me know that I could have a career in theatre. In the Lion King I saw people of color who were actually making a career out of theatre,’’ Shaw said in a July 12, 2015 Key Conversations Radio interview. “That first year (1997) was a very special moment. I was their first Black person to work on the administrative side and that company was very welcoming to me.     It was like, ‘Here’s someone on the other side of the table who looks like me and I know will take care of me.’ I always will have a very special place in my heart for that show.’’
Kimberly has earned a B.A. in Theatre from Spelman and an M.F.A. in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University in New York.
In 2008 Shaw became managing director of Actors Guild of Lexington but left to join a European tour of a production called “India’’. Her credits also include work at the Princeton University Theater, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the New York International Fringe festival.
The LCT press release states, “Ms. Shaw’s wealth of experience will be a key asset to the theatre as we look to continue to expand our reach to youth throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.’’

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