SHOUTOUT LA - Meet Carene Rose Mekertichyan: Artist, Activist, & Educator
"From my honors thesis production of Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls” to the plays I write, tackling issues like the intersectional erasure of Black women, assault, and racism in the cannabis “industry”, to my physical presence on stage to the work I do as an arts advocate and educator; my career has been centered on using the power of art to create a societal shift. "
Armenian Weekly - Lessons from Nvart: Beyond Armenian Genocide recognition
"The United States must also provide reparations for their own genocide of Black and Indigenous people. It is my sincere hope that the members of the Armenian community who are new to organizing continue to fight for Armenian liberation and the liberation of ALL people. "
Who What Wear - Your Armenian Friends Are Going Through It—5 Influencers Explain Why
"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."
LAist - Perspectives on Artsakh from a Black Armenian Angeleno
"We know what happens when governments choose neutrality over people and we refuse to allow this attempt at ethnic cleansing to go unnoticed."
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."
Broadway World - ISC Adds New Staffer, Artistic Associate For Social Justice
"In this time of awakening and action, it is imperative that we as artists not only create empathy through our work, but also actively dismantle systems of oppression."
Armenian Enough Podcast - On Being Black and Armenian with Carene Rose Mekertichyan
"I fight for the Armenian Community just as much as I fight for the Black Community. You all should understand that this is your fight too."
"Meadowlark Falls" Review
"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."
Broadway World - "Troy" Announcement
"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.."
Stage Raw - "Pericles" Review
"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."
LA Times - "Twelfth Night" Review
"[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."
LA This Minute - Extended Interview
"Theatre Lovers enjoyed a free performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at Griffith Park. Presented by Independent Shakespeare Co., the show runs until September 1st."
Broadway World - "Pericles" Announcement
"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."
Stage RAW - "tWELFTH nIGHT" Recommended
"The humor ranges from slapstick to clever, then vulgar, ensuring there’s a little something for everyone. Each performer also embodies memorable quirks to enhance their character’s comedic timing."
LA Times Review - Travel back in L.A. history with 'Señor Plummer' for adventure — and a fiesta
"All routes culminate in the title’s promised fiesta, by which point you won’t want the adventure to end."
Review - Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta
"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."
No Proscenium Review - A Fantastic ‘Final Fiesta’ Lights Up WeHo
"Señor Plummers’ Final Fiesta is the best kind of living history, one that I hope finds a way to become an LA perennial."
Theater Review: Macbeth, Northern Stage
"Rigel Harris, Carene Rose Mekertichyan and Virginia Ogden are mesmerizing as the three witches. They interact powerfully as a group with its own code and secrets, and radiate cunning and mystery."
Theater Review: Shakespeare’s Language Shines Through in Modern ‘Macbeth’
"Dartmouth College student Virginia Ogden and recent graduate Carene Rose Mekertichyan play the other two witches. All of them more than hold their own..."
Theater Review: ‘Macbeth’ fits today all too well
"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."
Macbeth Storms the Stage
"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."
Spotlight: Carene Mekertichyan '16's Thesis explores race & gender
"Mekertichyan said that she constantly thinks about the way her roles represent women of color, particularly when she is the only woman of color on stage."
‘Chicago’ Shines, Puts a Modern Spin on a Timeless Classic
"Mekertichyan is delightful, capturing an elegance that seems simultaneously maternal and friendly as well as calculating and vicious."