PASSION FOR PANTOMIME
Stephanie Abrams began performing pantomime at the age of 13 after being introducedv to it by her high school drama coach. She studied mime intensely focusing on the illusionistic technique of her idol Marcel Marceau. Her passion for mime grew, and she started developing her own pieces.
LOVE OF CIRCUS
FOUNDATION IN THEATRE
In 1995 she was awarded a Critic's Choice Award for her original solo pantomime at the Thespian Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She went on to win 4 more awards in 1996 including the prestigious District's Choice for her solo piece Fatal Accident which she performed main stage at the International Thespian Festival. In 1997 Stephanie decided to expand her skills and moved to San Francisco to train at the SF School of Circus Arts (Circus Center). Master teachers Lu Yi and Xia Ke Min encouraged her to focus on contortion and began training her.
In 1998 Stephanie began her career as a professional contortionist and spent the next 5 years performing around the Bay Area and abroad. Eager to get back to her theatrical roots, in 2000 Stephanie founded Kinetic Theory Experimental Theatre. It was then that Stephanie's focus shifted to creating and directing original shows. She continued her work with Kinetic Theory by night and by day served as Artistic Director of Splash Circus Theatre (2002-2004) and then AcroSports City Circus (2004-2007) where she coached young and aspiring circus artists as well as wrote, choreographed and directed original circus-theatre productions.
Stephanie moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and transformed Kinetic Theory from a small, experimental theatre ensemble into the thriving school it is today. She has coached hundreds of students and helped many go on to professional careers in circus arts.
Stephanie continues to fuel her creative passion. In addition to creating original shows at KT, she has written and directed 16 full-length productions. Her theatrical and circus works have been presented at The Edye Theatre at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and Muckenthaller Center in Fullerton; in San Francisco at The Brava Theatre, Theatre Artaud and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has also been involved with international projects including KT performances in China and directed Daggers Mackenzie, a one-woman knife juggling rock opera at the 2015 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival.
When she is not spending time with her husband, daughter and three cats, Stephanie is teaching the up-and-coming circus artists at KT, writing and directing shows and creating innovative choreography for professional artists. She also travels and teaches workshops in circus theatre.