Taking center stage, the spotlight shines brightly on Kassie Misiewicz. “I knew that I wanted to be an artistic director. I knew that was in my calling. That’s what I was supposed to be.” says Misiewicz.
The oldest of eight, Misiewicz’s first encounter with theater, came from home. “I often directed shows of my siblings in our parent’s basement. There would be many times where we would go upstairs and give our parents tickets to come and see our show in the basement.”
Those moments sparked a flame during her high school years. Misiewicz says, “I was determined that I was going to be an actor on Broadway.”
She attended the University of Notre Dame, with hopes of mastering the craft. But before reciting her first lines, Misiewicz’s instructor kept her Waiting in the Wings.
“At the end of my first year, my professor sat me down and told me that I had to make a choice. So they flipped a coin and with tears rolling down my face, I said, ‘Fine, I’ll direct!'”
Soon after, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Theatre and Masters in Theatre For Youth at Arizona State University.
“I wanted to do something with the theater that was beyond myself. That was going to help to make our world a better place and kinder place. And children’s theatre sort of stuck out for me.”
After working in Seattle at the largest children’s theater in the country, in 2003, Misiewicz and her husband moved to Northwest Arkansas, hoping to start her own children’s theater.
In 2008, Trike Theater was born.
“I envisioned a theatre company that was modeled after my own understanding what I wanted theatre to be, which was the “3 Wheels,” says Misiewicz.
Over the last decade, the theater has inspired thousands upon thousands of young actors, from all walks of life, channeling their fears and emotions through drama.
“The thing that I love about this job is, we get to transform lives. So many time, the kids that shine are the ones that are having so many other struggles. I’m so excited that we’re at a place right now where we get to involve the community in this growth.”
Her dreams started as being the leading lady. Now Kassie Misiewicz is leading a new generation in Northwest Arkansas to stardom — coming to a theater near you.
“I want Trike Theater’s legacy to be the lighthouse in NWA that not only shines a light on young peoples creativity and young peoples stories but also calls people to learn more about how to teach kids in a creative way.”