Carrie Klewin

Stage Director

Born of a Fairytale

“Do not miss Born of a Fairytale. It simply rocks with intensity, sheer enthusiasm, and creativity. This one woman show needs nothing more than a bare stage with stark white flats across the back, and simple blue lighting to tell her story in sign language, voice, dance and pantomime. The story seems to explode from her, and it is a delightful feat in effort and energy, and though she is working hard, she does not wear us out.”

                                 ~Marcia Kirtland, DC Theatre Scene

Pirates of Penzance

“A good production of this operetta is pretty much guaranteed to leave you grinning most of the time, except when you’re actually laughing.  And the Savoyards have mounted an excellent production.  The staging is bold and fresh; the singing is fine; the costumes are outstanding, and the orchestra is flawless.  Mounted that way, Gilbert and Sullivan’s juggernaut rolls on through.”

“Gilbert and Sullivan shows are not like Burt Bacharach songs (which usually don’t work very well if you take them out of their original orchestrations); rather they admit and by tradition usually receive liberties in most productions – bringing political jokes up to date, incorporating inventive bits of stage business, and, in this production, doing a lot of Broadway-izing of the dance numbers.  The chorus of daughters, ever so winsome in their beautifully-realized Victorian frocks (a tip of the hat to Costume Designer Eleanor Dicks), suddenly engage in song-and-dance routines that might reasonably have the audience thinking of Oklahoma or even A Chorus Line.  The updating, presumably thanks to the team of Director Carrie Klewin, Restaging Director Guillaume Tournaire, and Choreographer Pauline S. Grossman, is just a delight.”  

                                                                                                       ~Jack L. B. Gohn, Broadway World



“I had the privilege of working with Carrie during the production of my solo show Mindblanking.  Her dedication, vision and overall directorial efforts were absolutely outstanding.  As a writer and performer with nearly twenty years of film and stage experience, I have never seen a director completely immerse him or herself in a project the way Carrie has done and the success of the show is as much a result of her work as it is mine.  She helped bring out the emotions behind my words in a way that was masterful.  She completely understood the story I wished to tell and the most effective means of telling that story.  Further, she understands the needs and fears of writer and actor and the subtle ways of helping the artist to create superior work.  I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking a brilliant director who expects you to work as hard as she will to make the project soar.”

                                  ~Marc Unger, Author and Lead Performer of Mindblanking

The Pirates of Penzance

“The Washington Savoyards have opened an entertaining production of Gilbert & Sullivan's masterly "Pirates of Penzance" at the company's new home in the Atlas Performing Arts Center...the pleasures of the production were many. The company rightly puts emphasis on its detailed ensemble work, and the sets and costumes were amusing and imaginative. ”

~Robert Battey, The Washington Post

The Pirates of Penzance

“The Washington Savoyards get a positive "10" for their sparkling production of the "Pirates of Penzance" at the Atlas Theater.   Every musical number was a joy to watch with the wonderful comic interpretations by director Carrie Klewin who emphasized the  G & S nuttiness based on contradictions.  Like a farce, the musical hangs on a thin line of misinterpretation but this present ensemble are so totally convinced of the story line that the audience howls with laughter at their silly convictions... This production is so well done it deserves full houses for every performance.  It is highly recommended for 150 minutes of sheer joy...and a wonderful kid show with pirates being so popular nowadays.”

~Bob Anthony, All Arts Review For You

Variations Project - Variations on Desire

“Baltimore’s theater season dog days have officially begun, but Run of the Mill Theater didn’t get the message. Its latest production, Variations on Desire, ends the 2005 season with a bang.... It’s tempting to come out with a best and worst play, but it’d probably be missing the point. There are ups and downs, rough edges and smoothies, but Variations is a genuine collaborative effort that moves fast even when the edges are rough. The plays are short, melodic, and funny; that may explain why the evening begins with the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.” The Baltimore Playwrights Festival could even take a few cues from this production. You don’t need a committee of judges to assemble talent in this city, just a good party in the middle of winter.”

~John Barry, Baltimore City Paper