Our Vision

Our goal is to provide theatrical experiences that celebrate both the joys and the challenges of what it means to be human while shaping an environment designed to stimulate a dynamic dialogue between artist and community. Unquowa Repertory Theatre will be dedicated to fostering new work in a meaningful way, as well as re-imagining established works in order to explore their relevance to contemporary life. In addition, we’ll examine how new forms of media can help to bridge the gap between the rich tradition of live theatre with the modern “pocket video” culture. Lastly, outreach to young artists and theatergoers through an internship program will ensure Unquowa Repertory Theatre is motivating the next generation of artists.

Who We Are

KIRBY WARD      Director and Choreographer, BIG RIVER

Kirby Ward has been in the entertainment industry for over thirty-five years and is a veteran of over sixty theatrical productions. As an actor, he is both a Laurence Olivier and Helen Hayes Award Nominee and, as a director, is a recipient of two Craig Noel Awards as well as two IRNE’s. He’s written film, television, and several musicals. He and his wife are collaborating on an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime and his musical, The Gypsy King, had its world premier at the Village Theatre in Seattle. Mr. Ward’s short film, Down in the Mouth, has been seen in festivals across the country and was awarded Best Short Film at the Kent Film Festival in Connecticut. Kirby has created material for Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, worked with Bette Midler and James Caan on the film For The Boys, and has directed and choreographed both off-Broadway and regionally all over the US and the world. He helped write the translation for both the Korean and Chinese premieres of Crazy For You which he also directed. He performed for The Queen of England and appeared as Bob Hope at the Library of Congress’ 100th Birthday celebration of the comic’s life. You can hear his performance as Bobby Child in Crazy For You on the London cast recording. He was also played Frank Schultz in the Broadway revival of Show Boat. Kirby has appeared in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, with the Philly Pops, Detroit Symphony Philharmonic and Virginia, New Mexico, Atlanta, Maryland, Winnipeg, Pacific and Hong Kong Symphonies.

BEVERLY WARD     Associate Director and Associate Choreographer, BIG RIVER

Bev is a Helen Hayes Award nominee whose work onstage has been deemed “dazzling” by The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout. Over the last three decades, Bev has appeared on and Off-Broadway, in numerous National Tours, and has sung with renowned musicians and orchestras all across America. She fell in love with the performing arts as a child while attending the acclaimed San Diego Junior Theatre and at age eighteen was working with Anne Miller and Mickey Rooney in the National Tour of Sugar Babies. She has collaborated with her husband, Kirby Ward, on multiple directorial projects and together they have written three musicals. Their latest effort, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, is in development and has been presented in the West End as part of the Page To Stage Festival, at The Festival of New Musicals in Issaquah, WA., The York Theatre’s Developmental Reading Series in NYC, and at the Wilton Playshop in Wilton, CT. The EP of her original indie music, Bev’s Noble House Of Pancake, can be found on iTunes. By special request from the Gershwin Estate, Bev and husband Kirby guest starred with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and she has performed for First Ladies Hilary Clinton and Laura Bush, as well as British Royalty. Bev is also a visual artist and has had several showings of her work in and around New England.