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Meet ‘Writing Shadows’ actor Katelyn Gravel


Writing Shadows 01Ghostbird Theatre Company opens its 2017-2018 season with a special production in the Langford-Kingston Home in downtown Fort Myers. Written by the Company’s Artistic Director and FGCU Professor of Theater Barry Cavin, Writing Shadows centers on a St. Louis housewife by the name of Pearl Curran who began channeling a woman who lived in the 1600s after dabbling with a Ouija board one afternoon in 1913. Playing the role of Eva is Katelyn Gravel.

Gravel is an actor, singer, songwriter and poet. Also an accomplished make-up artist, costume designer and stage manager, she recently expanded her repertoire by Katelyn Gravel 06partnering with Barry Cavin on her first playwriting project, No. 27. Also a site-specific production, No. 27 was performed by Ghostbird last season at Shangri-La Springs.

Katelyn credits her mom for inculcating her love of theater. Not only did she encourage her daughter’s involvement in theater from an early age, she also took her frequently to Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. One instance was seminal in her decision to make theater part of her adult life.

“[Katelyn Gravel 05Mom took us] to the Annie Christmas show,” Katelyn recounted in an interview for another blog. “I was sitting up front and they picked me to come up on stage. I got to be in the cast for a minute … [T]hat was my first time in a professional theater on stage. I was nervous as hell and … had hives [by the time] I got off the stage. I remember thinking, ‘Oh my god, this is what I want to do. This is SO cool.’ I felt totally scared, but I loved the feeling. That feeling is what made me realize I really love this. This is something that ignites me and excites me.”

KKatelyn Gravel 01atelyn graduated in 2012 from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre. That May, she partnered with Brittney Brady, Jim Brock and Philip Heubeck to form Ghostbird Theater Group. Since that time, she has performed in Ghostbird productions (most recently, in Antigonick, The Chicken Play and No. 27 ), stage managed and lent her expertise in make-up and hair (she owns and operates Bare Roots Salon and Apothecary). But for No. 27, Katelyn charted new waters. Not only was she a member of the cast, she co-created the play – although Katelyn reports that Cavin did the heavy lifting.

You Katelyn Gravel 03can see this multi-talented actor, playwright, singer/songwriter and poet in one of Fort Myers’ most historical venues in Writing Shadows. But make your reservations early as seating is limited, there will be only four performances, and all Ghostbird’s site-specific productions sell out early.

October 2, 2017.



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