Armenian Weekly: Activist panel reveals how Armenians can support Black Lives Matter

July 22, 2020

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"[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

July 01, 2020

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"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

June 30, 2020

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"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."

ISC Art Break Podcast: Institutional Racism in the Theater Part I

June 25, 2020

Photos by Grettel Cortes

"If you're an actor you really need to do your homework and study your theater history; you shouldn't just be a puppet."

Koorigs: To Be a Black Armenian Woman

June 08, 2020

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"To be a Black Armenian woman is to be the legacy to two failed Genocides."

Players, Performers, & Portrayers Interview

February 12, 2020

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"You have to do what speaks to you as an artist."

January 05, 2020

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"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."

November 11, 2019

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"Mildred Marie Langford (as Andie) and Carene Rose Mekertichyan (as Cassie) are talented actresses that provide valuable support to the lead."

October 02, 2019

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"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.."

"Pericles" Stage Raw Review

August 06, 2019

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"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

July 28, 2019

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"[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

July 16, 2019

L.A. CityView 35 Feature | Camera: Boris Gortinski | Editor: Joe Belden

"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."

LA This Minute Interview

July 15, 2019

L.A. CityView 35 Feature | Camera: Boris Gortinski | Editor: Joe Belden

"Independent Shakespeare Co. presented Twelfth Night at Griffith Park, for their Summer long series of shows."

BroadwayWorld "Pericles" Announcement

July 11, 2019

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"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."

"Twelfth Night" Stage Raw Recommmended

July 11, 2019

Photo Courtesy Grettel Cortes

"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."

VoyageLA Interview

February 12, 2019

Photo Courtesy Vincent Vallejo

"A situation that should have broken me, restored my faith in the LA theater community instead."

LA Times Review: Travel back in L.A. history with 'Señor Plummer' for adventure — and a fiesta

November 01, 2018

Photo Courtesy Clesea Sutton Photography

"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

October 27, 2018

Photo Courtesy Chelsea Sutton Photography

"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."

A Fantastic ‘Final Fiesta’ Lights Up WeHo (The NoPro Review)

October 27, 2018

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"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

October 12, 2016

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"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’

October 06, 2016

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"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

October 02, 2016

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"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

October 01, 2016

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"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

May 24, 2016

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"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

May 16, 2016

Photo Courtesy Rob Strong Photography

"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

Photo Courtesy Joshua Renaud

“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

April 28, 2016

Photo Courtesy Rob Strong Photography

"Although Mekertichyan said she has always been fascinated by this work, she chose this piece in particular because she said she found the issues it discussed, particularly self-love, sisterhood and sexual assault, relevant to Dartmouth campus life despite its age."

‘Chicago’ Shines, Puts a Modern Spin on a Timeless Classic

February 23, 2016

Photo Courtesy Philip Son

"Mekertichyan is delightful, capturing an elegance that seems simultaneously maternal and friendly as well as calculating and vicious."

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