Student Kait Mahoney Manages Youtube Festival ‘Theatre Battery Tries To YouTube’
BY Robbie Armstrong, January 13, 2021
Stage Management student Kait Mahoney served as the Production Manager for Theatre Battery’s recent YouTube festival, Theatre Battery Tries to YouTube. Theatre Battery Tries to YouTube is now streaming on the company’s YouTube page.
Theatre Battery Tries To YouTube includes original shorts and a limited series made in Kent, Washington by actors, directors, puppeteers, and playwrights. In the spirit of Theatre Battery’s dedication to radical hospitality, the festival is free for viewing. All of Theatre Battery’s productions are free to attend and promote artistic engagement in the Kent, Washington community. The festival includes a stop animation film, a Mary Poppins inspired music video, a shadow puppet play, and even a Lego Harry Potter versus transphobia short film.
“We asked members of the production to take a COVID-19 test and then come to work for socially distanced filming,” Mahoney shared. “We were trying to figure out how to make it happen whether that’s finding people to make chicken puppets or finding a grocery store that will let us film a music video in front of the vegetable aisle.” Each piece was filmed in one day and deadlines were flexible in order to allow for pauses in production.
Theatre Battery produces experimental plays for the suburban community of Kent, Washington, aiming to nurture audiences’ understanding of the connection between theatre and relevant social issues. As Kent's only source of community theatre, Theatre Battery tasks local artists to create socially testing and unapologetic work that ignites the community. Mahoney is a founding member of Theatre Battery.
Kait Mahoney hails from Seattle, Washington. She is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and is currently an Associate Producer of Theatre Battery, located in Washington. Kait enjoys working on new plays in development, bilingual and deaf friendly productions, and generally weird things. Recent Credits include: Kiki's Delivery Service, The Passion According to G.H., A New Opera (Mabou Mines) and Food for the Gods (La Mama ETC).