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"Over the past six months, I have also used my social media platform to mobilize all of my communities in support of Armenians and Black lives in addition to other movements for the indigenous, incarcerated, and undocumented. As an artist, I choose to center marginalized narratives through my writing."
Armenian Weekly: Activist panel reveals how Armenians can support Black Lives Matter
"[Mekertichyan] also recognized that Armenian allyship must be inclusive of those members of the Black community who are struggling the most. 'If your activism does not include Black Trans women, then it’s not good activism,' she upheld."
"Carene Rose Mekertichyan as rival cookie-maker Whitney amps up her spoiled-girl privilege for maximum eye rolls, and Mekertichyan is somehow still too likeable to hate; we can all identify with going to questionable lengths to get what we want."
"Troy, a musical riff on Euripides' The Trojan Women, chronicles the story of a single-mother struggling to save her family from homelessness amidst rent-increases in her neighborhood. Troy is inspired by true stories of homeless families in Los Angeles. It is a Hero Theatre commission.."
"Marina doesn’t come into the plot until later, but Mekertichyan makes good use of her time onstage with her firm yet gentle portrayal. Indeed, each performer brings a striking and vibrant humanness to roles that can often come off as stiff when played by actors who fail to grasp the intricacy of Shakespeare’s work."
"[Twelfth Night] is not so much an updating as a delightful defilement. Impudently modern, often just plain silly, the production melds vintage tunes from the Great American Songbook with contemporary language that would likely outrage many Shakespeare purists."
"Love is lost and found again in one of Shakespeare's most spellbinding plays. The young Pericles sets out for adventure, but gets more than he bargains for. Twenty five years later, it's his daughter's turn to sail to the high seas as she seeks to unravel the mystery of her birth."
"Ultimately Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta is a celebration of family and community, and it’s entertaining as hell. Marvels, magic, and moments brilliance abound. The Rogue Artists Ensemble have created something truly special, a certain source of pride for the whole city. And that’s no tall tale."
"Still, Rigel Harris, Carene Rose Mekertichyan and Virginia Ogden were an absolute delight as the three ominous witches. This review won’t reveal how the production wove them imaginatively and seamlessly into a contemporary scenario. You’ll have to see the show to find out."
"The witches, in their multitude of roles, are played in convincing creepy fashion by Rigel Harris, Carene Rose Mekertichyan, and Virginia Ogden. Kudos to the show's makeup artist for those haunting faces"
Start with a Foundation: Arts Awardee Carene Mekertichyan ’16
"Her crowning achievement was this spring’s production of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, for which she served as dramaturg—working closely with guest director Deena Selenow—and played the Lady in Red."
‘for colored girls’ Brings Women of Color to Center Stage
"As the choreopoem came to an end, the women held hands, facing the outside world which had once pushed them to consider suicide in solidarity. Yet as they chanted “i found god in myself/ and i loved her/ i loved her fiercely” over and over, the audience felt both empowered and overwhelmed."
‘For Colored Girls’ Gives Voice to Women’s Struggles and Joy
“Guest director Deena Selenow—who last year was named a 'Person to Watch' by American Theater Magazine—is helping Mekertichyan bring her vision to the stage, thanks to the theater department’s VOICES initiative, which supports the presentation of works by and for artists from underrepresented communities."