Director | Stage Manager | Actor
Born in Concord, New Hampshire, Kim grew up fully exposed to the arts from an early age. Her father was a musician who continually toured up and down the east coast each summer, and she quickly fell in love with performing. Her first experience in theatre was during her transition to middle school with Jane Meier, a local artist in residence in Concord who sadly passed away in 2006, and it was Jane's direction and encouragement that caused theatre to become the main feature in Kim's life.
The next company Kim would become a part of, RB Productions, became a yearly staple in her theatre lineup. What started as a great children's theatre company where Kim spent her summers performing became the main company with whom she's gotten the majority of her summerstock jobs. RB S.T.A.G.E. Company, the children's theatre side of the company, hired Kim as a camp counselor and administrative assistant in 2007, and since then she's worked with them in the roles of props master, assistant set designer, assistant stage manager, stage manager, and director. She has directed two productions with the company that were staged and performed at Concord's premiere theatre venue, the Capitol Center for the Arts, as well as four other productions for which she has assistant directed. During her time with RB, she's witnessed and been a part of the company's growth from a tiny summer theatre group who performed in a gymnasium to the fastest growing children's theatre company in the state. She has also worked alongside numerous Broadway performers at the company's Broadway Performer's Workshop series, including George Salazar (Godspell, Here Lies Love), Telly Leung (Rent, Wicked), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, Hands on a Hard Body), Tommy Bracco (Newsies), and choreographer Charlie Williams (How to Succeed, Memphis, The Tony Awards and The Academy Awards). Her work on their production of Sweeney Todd as Asst. Music Director was nominated for a New Hampshire Theatre Award in 2012 as well as a nomination for Best Director for Clint Klose on Cinderella Jr in 2014, for whom she was the assistant director. Her final production with RB will occur in the summer of 2015, when she will be directing Legally Blonde Jr and assistant directing their teen production of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
She completed her high school career in 2009, and graduated with the Concord Music Club Award and Drama Club Award. She attended Hofstra University from 2009-2011, where she was a drama major under the expert instruction of Jean Dobie-Giebel for performance and Rych Curtiss for stage management. She worked her way to shadowing the stage managers at the Broadway productions of Disney's the Lion King and Memphis in the fall of 2010, the latter of which won the Tony Award for Best Musical earlier that year. In addition to her achievements in theatre while in attendance she was awarded an invitation into Hofstra University's Honors College, and was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma; the nation's oldest freshman national honors society.
Though she learned much about herself and about the kind of artist she wanted to be at Hofstra, she greatly valued every opportunity thrown her way, and she took one in the spring of 2011 with Walt Disney World in Florida as a Cast Member in the Disney College Program. In her time at Disney, she spent four months making magic and performing every day working in the Emporium on Main Street U.S.A. She also took a course at Disney University on entertainment, which included interviews and discussions with leading animators, stage managers, imagineers and technicians for The Walt Disney Company.
During her time at Disney, Kim came to the decision to transfer from Hofstra University to the University of New Hampshire, which led to a completely new direction in her career. Upon entering the Theatre & Dance program at UNH Kim originally studied musical theatre, but transitioned to a degree in Theatre Education when she realized that her experiences thus far had solidified her love for education and the joy at watching students grow as artists. She studied mainly under the guidance and instruction of Professor Raina Ames for Theatre Education in Secondary Education, but she also found another passion in directing under the instruction of Professor David Kaye. It's been through Professor Kaye that she really discovered the kind of artist she wanted to be, and she is eternally grateful to him for helping her find her purpose. She assistant directed and stage managed Professor Kaye's original production of eStranged, which was one of the first telematic productions in the world involving two separate theaters hundreds of miles apart. Kim's experience on eStranged stretched and challenged her abilities and skills, and truly put her to the test as both a director and stage manager. Luckily, she emerged from the experience with the feeling that she could take on anything! In addition to her experiences studying under the wing of the incredible faculty members at UNH, she also directed multiple pieces in and out of class (including Sophistry, Hedda Gabler, [title of show], and original pieces The Escape and Nig is Not My Name). She also performed in UNH's main stage production of Our Town (directed by David Richman) and was a featured actress in the Undergraduate Prize Plays in the productions of Raising Hell and Party of Three.
Kim graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor's in Theatre, and received her Masters of Education in Secondary Education in May of 2016 along with her NH Teaching Certification for Theatre Arts (K-12).
2009 - Awarded with the Concord High School Drama Department Award, "For outstanding contributions to the Concord High School Drama Club"
2009 - Awarded the Concord Music Club Award, "Awarded to the Senior who has contributed the most to the musical life of the school"
2009 - Dean's List, Hofstra University
2010 - Dean's List, Hofstra University
2010 - Invited into Hofstra University Honor's College
2010 - Dean's List, Hofstra University
2010 - Inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the nations oldest fraternal freshman honors society.
2012 - Out of the Woodwork Award, awarded by UNH's Student-Run Theatre Organization Mask & Dagger
2012 - Dean's Highest Honors, University of New Hampshire (4.0 GPA)
2012 - Assistant Music Director for Sweeney Todd in Summer 2012, whose Music Direction was up for a New Hampshire Theatre Award.
2012 - Dean's List, University of New Hampshire
2013 - Dean's List, University of New Hampshire
2014 - Dean's List, University of New Hampshire
2014 - Assistant Director for Cinderella Jr, whose Direction was up for a New Hampshire Theatre Award
2015 - Assistant Director for How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, whose Direction was up for a New Hampshire Theatre Award (and in many other categories)
2015 - Director for Legally Blonde Jr, which was up for Best Production of a Youth Musical at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards
From tiny blackbox theaters to traveling children's shows all the way to the main stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Kim D'Agnese's work in the theatre has been seen and praised in and around New Hampshire for the past ten years. Having found a passion for directing later in her undergraduate career, she has been spending the majority of her time diving head first into new projects, eager to get as much experience as possible.