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Ten Questions: Jeremy Koch

Feature April 23, 2020

KALAMAZOO, Mich.–Jeremy Koch is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Farmers Alley Theatre, currently West Michigan’s only year-round Equity Theatre company. Farmers Alley opened its doors in October 2008 and Jeremy has been the Artistic Director since its inception.

Jeremy Koch

Farmers Alley has earned a stellar local and statewide reputation which includes over 60 Wilde Award nominations over the years including 10 total wins as well as a “Critic’s Choice Award” in 2015 by the Wilde Award committee in recognition of the theatre’s consistent high quality and commitment to theatrical excellence. Recently, Jeremy was honored with a Wilde Award himself for his portrayal of “Ed Boone” in the Farmers Alley Theatre production of the Tony Award Winning Drama, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.

As a result of Farmers Alley Theatre’s standards of excellence, its affiliation with Actors’ Equity Association and the positive relationships with artists throughout the national theatrical community, the reputation of Kalamazoo as an arts-rich community has been enhanced across the United States. 

We asked Jeremy the eight questions made famous by James Lipton on his Actor’s Studio show, plus *two of our own.

TEN QUESTIONS:

What is your favorite word?

Passion. Everyone in the arts feels this for what they do: whether it’s theatre, music, dance, etc. But if we all apply this word to other parts of our lives: family, friends, and helping our neighbors, then the world would be a better place.

What is your least favorite word?

No. I hate being told that something is impossible. I would much rather look for alternate solutions. When people think creatively there is almost nothing that can’t be done.

What turns you on?

Creating exciting works of art with talented designers, directors, actors, crew members and musicians…especially when some or all of those people are friends or family members!

What Turns You Off?

Stubborn and/or conceited people who can’t or won’t work well with others.

What sound or noise do you love?

Whatever noise my wife and kids are making:  singing, talking, laughing, playing piano, beatboxing or just telling me a story. Family is everything.

What sound or noise do you dislike?

The sound of someone complaining.

What is your favorite curse-word? – Shit. It’s pretty versatile: it can mean bad things (“Oh shit..No!”), good things (“That’s good shit.”), surprising things (“Holy Shit!”) and more.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I think I’d be a nurse or something where I’m really helping people on a very deep level.

*What play would you do if you were told you had just one more play? – Well, I think My absolute favorite musical is “Sweeney Todd” and the great thing about that show is I can grow with it. I’m too old for Anthony and Toby now, but I could be Pirelli right now and for the next 5 years, then I could Sweeney for 10 or 15 years, then the Beadle for 5 years, then play the Judge till I die. Oh and don’t get me started with the fact that I could also step into Mrs. Lovett and/or the Beggar Woman as I know every word and I have been known to sing really high … hahaha.

*What role remains on your bucket list? – Well, I’ve been lucky to be able to play some of them already so other than all the roles I mentioned in Sweeney Todd (and I want to play all of them), I have been really itching to play the title role in the musical “The Scarlet Pimpernel”.   Percy is such a great part because for half of his scenes, he is a fun and foolish fop, and for the other half, he is the dashing daring hero.  The music is so fun to sing, and I think performing that role would be super fulfilling.

On a personal note: I know everyone is scared and anxious but if we all stay safe, smart, healthy and stick together, we will get through this.  Remember that Art Matters, Theatre Inspires and I know that Artists will help to unite and save the world.

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