Catawba College Theatre Arts Profiles
Carmen Bartlett ’10 (BA Theatre Arts) and Robin Tyne ’12 (BFA Musical Theatre)
Founders of Three Bone Theatre, Charlotte, North Carolina
“Neither of us went to school with the intent of starting a company, but through our liberal arts education at Catawba we experienced having many different interests and responsibilities. Catawba's program aims to create a well-rounded theatre artist instead of pigeonholing students as "actor" "director" or "techie. It all came together during the summer of 2011 when we both voiced an interest in starting a small non-profit theatre company in North Carolina. We wanted to highlight the journey of the theatre artist as a never-ending learning process and to create powerful work.
"Starting a company has been a challenging and rewarding experience from the start. Our name, Three Bone Theatre, is inspired by a Reba McEntire quote: 'To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.' Our company exists to do quality, professional theatre that serves as a catalyst for hope, strength and humor throughout society. On the surface level, starting a company has changed our daily vocabulary and we are now using words like business plan, 501c3 and marketing strategies on a daily basis.
"We are so thankful to Catawba for providing the unique perspective we now have going into this process. We hope to be creating quality theatre for many years to come. "
Kassandra Tuttle ’16
BFA Theatre Arts Design & Production with double minors in French and Musical Theatre
"I want to thank everyone at Catawba who has helped me become the person I am today. If someone told me four years ago all that I have accomplished while at Catawba, I would have never believed them.
"Working on and designing productions, working in professional theaters, and graduating with a degree in design and a minor in French has been a whirlwind and I could not have accomplished any of it without the supportive students and faculty at Catawba."
Samantha Myers '17
BFA Theatre Arts with specialization in Performance
"I loved my four years here. I loved being able to work with such a talented group of people onstage and off. Enjoy every minute of it!
"Yes, times might get tough. Yes, you will be exhausted. But it's those moments that you need to really stop and enjoy. Look at your peers, at your friends, at your theatre family; and see that you are in this together. That you are all working together for the same goal, and if you are really taking in everything you will be able to feel the love and the passion for the beautiful art you are creating. That you are blessed to be able to create together."