Welcome to the first installment of Meet the Fringe Staff, your chance to go behind the Staff Pass and get to know us, and what we do.
We're doing this questionnaire-style, so buckle up, here we go!
Name: Kristen Ruthemeyer
Position: Resident Stage Manager
How long have you been a staff member at Know Theatre/Cincy Fringe?
My history at Know goes all the way back to January, 2008. I had just transferred from Butler University in Indianapolis to Northern Kentucky University, and was looking for some outside work. It just so happened that Know was running Red Light Winter and Topdog/Underdog in rep, and they needed an extra Stage Manager. So, even though I had only stage managed one other thing in my life, Jay had me interview with his stage manager, and I got the job. Well, I say "job." It was an unpaid internship. It was also, by the way, the first show that Eric Vosmeier directed at Know. I started working Fringe in 2008 also, as a venue tech at SCPA (then over on Sycamore). I missed the 2010 Fringe due to other employment, but in December 2010 I became a full time staff member.
What's a typical day at Fringe?
We start with a staff meeting (or an early morning tech, depending on the day). We talk about our business for the day, and tell stories from our experiences of the previous day. After that, I work on prepping my venue (Know Theatre) for the day. At the beginning of the festival, we have lots of tech rehearsals going on across all of the venues. Once everything's open, though, the afternoons get more relaxed. We work on news segments, come up with ideas for events (like Fringe Olympics!), and even occasionally get to go see shows! In the evenings, I run my shows, and hang out at the bar series with all of my old and new Fringe friends
Why are you weird?
Here's the short list:
- Nobody has seen my natural hair color since 2005
- If I could, I would eat nothing but cheese, medium-rare steak, and crusty bread for the rest of my life.
- Total nerd. I love Dungeons and Dragons, video games, Batman, superheroes in general, books, sci fi and fantasy stuff, board games, etc. etc.
- I love knitting. I know that knitting is making a comeback, but it's still a pretty weird hobby for young people to have.
- I also love knitting nerdy things. At some point I want to make a pattern for Chrono Trigger coasters. It's pretty easy to convert pixels to stitches.
- I named our dog after Batman. His name is Bruce, and he goes to his crate every time we say "To the Batcave!"
What song best describes you or your life?
Alanis Morisette "Hand in my Pocket"
What's a saying you say a lot?
This is why we can't have nice things.
If you were the opposite sex for a day, what would you look like, and what would you do?
I like to think I'd look a bit Peter Dinklage, except 5'1". You know, ruggedly handsome, but also kind of weird, and amusingly short. The first thing I would do is pee standing up. Maybe find some snow and write my name on it. Just because I can.
Spiderman or Batman?
Batman. Spidey is lame. Also, Batman has a contingency plan in place for every known superhero, so that he can disable them if they become too powerful or corrupt. So if we're talking about a Spiderman VS Batman scenario, still Batman.