Ms. Octavia Biggs-Fleck, Lecturer, Theatre
Immediately after graduating with her BA in Theatre from Morehead State University, Biggs-Fleck was one of two actors nationwide accepted to the National Shakespeare Conseervatory in New York City.While at the Conservatory, she studied under Broadway actor Jimmy Tripp, Royal Shekespeare Director Mario Siletti, and dance legend Joan Evans.
A few of her New York stage credits include the title roles in: Dark Lady of the Sonnets, performed at the William Redfield Theatre; The Taming of the Shrew, at the National Shakespeare Company; The Rivals, at the Conservatory Theatre; and Life on Pluto, at the Trocadero Theatre.
She wrote, produced, and directed a one-woman show entitled Ties to the Homeland. She developed Voices from the Mountains, a compilation of woman's poetry and short stories, which was performed for the Jimmy Carter Habitat for Humanity and the Kentucky Educational Television Network.
Fleck appeared in the motion picture The Last Aristocrats by Whirlwind Productions. She has acted regionally with Eastern Stage Company in North Carolina and the Ohio Outdoor Theatre Association.
Recently she appeared as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Mrs. Lincoln inThe Last of Mrs. Lincoln, as well as roles in the ensemble productions: The Cemetery Club and Beautiful Bodies produced by the Morehead Theatre Guild. A few of her favorite directing credits include: Annie; Annouilhs' Antigone; A Company of Wayward Saints; The Wizard of Oz; The Rainmaker; and Always, Patsy Cline.KY and serves on the board of directors for the Morehead Theatre Guild. She has been a private speech and theatre coach, developed and ran her own theatrical voice and acting company called TADA Performing Arts Instruction. As part of the 2000-2001 theatre seasons at Morehead State University, Fleck was invited to be a guest director for the production Quilter's.
In Palm Springs, CA, she has been director for the Palm Canyon Theatre. Her directing debut began with Neil Simon's Rumors followed by Rocky Horror Picture Show and Camelot. Fleck developed a program to teach the drama/theatre standard as required by the Kentucky Educational Reform Act (KERA) to area schools. The students learned about costumes, sets, and props by going to her Theatrical Petting Zoo. Trying on costumes and using their imaginations, children developed role playing skills through improvisation.
Biggs-Fleck's constant love of theatre and her desire to keep the arts alive in the lives of children led her to her current position of Director for Shooting Stars Youtheatre in Kentucky with the Lexington Children's Theatre. During her time with the LCT she has directed: A Laura Ingalls' Wilder Christmas; James and the Giant Peach; Charlotte's Web; Still Life With Iris; Pinocchio; Snow White; and Alice in Wonderland. She has also directed for the LCT's touring company: Katarina the Clever, The Legend of John Henry, and The Princess Who Lost Her Hair. Along with directing, she also offers residencies in every 1st, 3rd and 5th grade classrooms in Elliot and Rowan Counties; teaches Saturday classes; and directs performance workshops as well as one day workshops. Recently, Shooting Stars Youtheatre was awarded a 2.5 million dollar endowment for the continuation and growth of this Youtheatre.