Kamarie Chapman is a proud native of Washington State, and alumni of the Western Washington Theatre Department, having received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006. She received her M.F.A. from The University of New Mexico in 2009 with dissertation work in gender and playwriting. Kamarie is thrilled to be teaching the Theatre History, Playwriting, Criticism, and Theatre Theory at her Alma Mater. She has taught and directed theatre and outreach to many diverse populations and was the Artistic Director of a mixed-ability company in Albuquerque, NM called Equilibrium through VSA during her final year working on her Masters. Kamarie worked intimately with the iDiOM Theater ensemble from 2003 – 2006 and is a huge fan and supporter of Bellingham and the wonderful artists who live here. Kamarie is a member of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, The Dramatists Guild, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and Artists Trust. Her play Deception Pass: An American Story was the winner of two national awards from The Kennedy Center (The David Mark Cohen and co-winner of the Paula Vogel playwriting awards). This play was also the national winner of The ATHE playwriting award. In 2010 her short play, Dijon Love, was a finalist for the Humana Heidman Award and she was a top five finalist for the NPA/Seattle Rep/SAG Screenwriting contest in June of 2010. She has had her work published by NPA and numerous zines, including most recently in the fifth volume of Your Hands Your Mouth.
For the past five years Kamarie has been working and teaching with many different groups immersed in different cultures. Most recently hired on at WWU as an adjunct faculty member, Kamarie also has experience working with students from preschool aged to adult, senior citizens, at risk youth, and adults with developmental disabilities.
Kamarie believes that theatre is the voice of the people. She believes it is our stories and the way we tell them and the audience willing to go on a journey with us. There is no reason anyone should not be able to create theatre. There are no voices too soft to tell their stories and no group of people not worthy of having a place on the stage. It is especially important to listen to the younger generations and help give them a voice in the community they are so deserving of.
Kamarie believes that anyone at any age can learn how to express themselves by writing and performing the work they have created. In a group work is all the better. Collaboration, community, and creativity are what she believse are the keys to unlocking the writer/performer in us all!