Jake Krakavosky

Theater Maker & Teaching Artist

2014 Alumni

Biography

Theater Studies, 2014

Theater Maker & Teaching Artist

Atlanta, GA

What have you been doing since graduation?

After graduating, I completed a Performance Internship at the Center for Puppetry Arts (CPA), working as an understudy on a puppet production of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. I spent my first post-grad year working as a Teaching Artist at the CPA, and creating and collaborating around Atlanta. I also spent the 9 months or so after graduation further developing my honors thesis solo play, Yankl on the Moon, which premiered independently at the Alliance Theatre in February 2015, directed by Seth Langer, produced by Emily Kleypas (C'13), stage managed by Lauren Levitt (C'15), and designed by TC Kinser (C'14). 

What current activities are you involved in?

(As of Summer 2015,) I continue to work on Yankl on the Moon, editing the script and performance, and working on plans for the future. Lately I've created new work with and for The Object Group, Ex Somnium, the Imperial Opa Circus, Dashboard Co-Op, as well as independent projects with friends. Currently performing in a production of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at the Alliance Theatre; next up will be The Tortoise & the Hare & Other Aesop's Fables, followed by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, both at the CPA. I am interested in post-graduate training, possibly an MFA, but am giving myself ample time to consider my options and explore the professional scene.

What are some of the highlights during your time with Theater at Emory?

The beautiful humans of the Theater Studies faculty, who never ceased in their generosity, encouragement, and inspiration. Studying acting with Tim McDonough, particularly in Speeches and Monologues Developing a Role: two classes that still form the foundation for how I think about acting. History, dramaturgy, and aesthetics classes with Michael Evenden and Donald McManus. A life-changing semester studying physical theater at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Workshops with 7Stages and Pig Iron. Five hilarious years of improv with Rathskellar. Directing an ensemble of incredible student actors in Almost, Maine for Starving Artist Productions. Unforgettable roles I was fortunate to inhabit: Walter in Hominid, Leaf Coneybear in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Fool in Mistero Buffo, Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard. Developing an original solo play, Yankl on the Moon, for my honors thesis. 

What advice do you have for currrent or prospective students?

My time at Emory, and specifically with my teachers and peers in the theater community, shaped so much of who I am as an artist and a person today. At its best, our community can be an exemplar of humility, professionalism, curiosity, creativity, and the relentless pursuit of truth/beauty. It was a very special time in my life, for which I will be forever grateful. The lessons I learned (and continue to re-learn) are many, here are a handful: Take nothing for granted. Save your notes. Defy cynicism; say "yes!"