Valerie Remillard

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Theatre Company Director

Valerie Myette might just be the world’s foremost juggler. Until recently, it was common for her to direct 153 kids from 4 grades at 2 schools over 3 months for 6 performances of 1 play. For Myette, owner of Experiments in Theater, running her own business presents an opportunity to focus. Focus on her passion as the culmination of over 20 years experience in theater. Following her first professional gig at 18, Myette applied to Wheaton College with a prophetic essay about owning a theater company.  She worked her way through college, seizing internships and seasonal jobs that kept her teaching, directing and exploring the theater business. Post-graduation, armed with a degree in Theater/English Dramatic Literature, Myette set her sights on Broadway and moved to New York City to pursue her dream. Professionally acting and singing for The Producer’s Club, The Oberon Theater Ensemble and The Creative Arts Team at New York University all became secondary to Myette’s work touring inner city schools with an original production about violence in relationships. The experience of using theater as a teaching tool to increase social awareness changed her focus and her definition of ‘working in theater’. As a result she returned to her native Rhode Island to her entrepreneurial spirit set in motion. Myette worked for Grammy-Award Winner Bill Harley assisting and producing and learning how an artist/entrepreneur makes a great living. All the while – still performing, directing and teaching for various local arts organizations like the All Children’s Theater, The Courthouse Light Opera, The Academy Players, The North Kingstown Players, The Community Players of Pawtucket, City Nights Dinner Theater, Looking Glass Theater, Mixed Magic Theater, Rhode Island Theater Ensemble and New Gate Theater. She directed and taught theater throughout schools in New England — private schools, inner city schools, suburban schools and even schools that were designed as a juvenile detention alternative. Myette saw first-hand how theater in school curriculum can help support the efforts of educators to promote literacy, communication, tolerance, analysis, confidence, self-respect, teamwork, creativity and collaboration not to mention giving a “home away from home” to the kids who don’t feel at home on sports teams. Myette was ready to throw one more ball in the air. In 2004, Myette opened Experiments in Theater, realizing her ‘role of a lifetime’ – teaching theater to kids. Through Experiments in Theater, Myette builds confident, creative and caring young people.  Myette has also directed and produced many of her own shows including Getting Out by Marsha Norman, House Arrest by Anna Devere Smith and Wasp by Steve Martin. Over the years Myette’s acting credits include: Lady Saphir in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience; Phoebe in Yeoman of the Guard; in Oklahoma she brought Ado Annie to life; Nellie in South Pacific; Babe in Crimes of the Heart; and Shakespeare’s Tempest as Ariel, Mary Hatch in It’s a Wonderful Life, Yenchna in Neil Simon’s Fools, Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady and Germain in Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin for which she won a 2014 Motif Award for Best Supporting Female in a play.  Myette studied with opera singer Ruth Hennessy Williams and continues to add voice, acting and dance classes to her resume regularly. Myette is a rare combination of educator and mentor for those students of theater lucky enough to be under her tutelage, while the rest of us simply juggle what to admire most – her hard work ethic, creative commitment or unlimited enthusiasm.

Reviews

The Talent Factory Reviews
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Hi Dana,

I just wanted to tell you what a great experience I had observing this week!! 

Backing up a bit, when we were carefully selecting which studio we were moving to, Taylor participated in a camp week last summer (2012).   Even though you were in a temporary studio, the atmosphere was exactly what I hoped it would be.  Everyone was so friendly and truly passionate about dance. It was fun and serious at the same time. We were hooked. 

 

Last year she grew so much as a dancer thanks to the dedication of you and your staff. I felt like she was so far behind other dancers of her age when she started. Although she still has so much to learn, I am amazed at how far she has come. Not only has her skill improved but her love of dance is immeasurable. I can't thank you all enough, especially Miss Keryn, who has totally transformed my little girl. 

 

So, to my point, this is my first time ever observing classes. I can't tell you how much this week affirmed my choice to become a part of TFDC. The classes were very professional, organized and effective.  But what I knew in my heart, I finally saw with my own eyes. Every teacher was so passionate and really cares about every student.  Their energy and enthusiasm was so intense that I wanted to dance!! Lol. Miss Tara, Miss Keryn, Miss Kayla & yourself are truly special people. 

I'm so glad I finally took the time to sit in on classes and was able to feel the pure joy that she does for dance. What an amazing program and we are thrilled to be a part of it all. Thank you for all you do. 

Thank YOU. The hard work, talent and caring you and your staff put into everything you do is apparent and appreciated. Looking forward to next year's show! -June
Dana: Thank you for doing such a great job. You are really very gifted at your art. You push the kids to reach their best during the year and then are so supportive during the recital. You are complete grace under pressure. Enjoy some relaxation -Amy
THANK YOU for all your hard work in putting together yet ANOTHER fab recital. It's really so amazing to watch it all come together so "professionally"! -Cathy
The show was extremely professional and ran so smoothly it was amazing. I credit you and thank you for providing a wonderful experience for our family.
Thank you for all that you and your staff do! Talent factory is such a great place for to grow up and we feel so lucky. Thank you for all you offer our daughters.