The Kazakhstan English Language Theater at KIMEP Institute began in the summer of 2001 as a student-led effort when a couple of KIMEP students approached Dr. Richard Fallaice, then Dean of Student Affairs, about their desire to perform plays in English. Dr. Fallaice in turn approached Nate Fleming, knowing he had an interest in combining English language learning and the craft of theater. The students met with Nate for tea and conversation, and Kazakhstan’s first all-English language theater program was born.
In KELT’s first season, we produced a series of ten-minute play festivals in the KIMEP Fun Club. In December 2002, we produced our first full-length play, “A Christmas Carol,” which was seen by hundreds of people from Almaty’s English speaking community. Since then, we’ve produced December 2003’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” May 2004’s “An Evening on (& off) Broadway,” December 2004’s “A 21st Century Christmas Carol,” Spring 2005?s “A Company of Wayward Saints,” December 2005?s “A Christmas Story”, and April 2006?s wildly popular “Broadway Strikes Back.”
We kicked off KELT’s 5th Anniversary season with the first-ever KELT tour of Kazakhstan, and we were honored to have two special guest actors from America who joined forces with our KELT/KIMEP actors as we visited Baku, Aktau, Atrirau, Astana and Almaty.
In the fall of 2007, KELT celebrated another first with the arrival of the second full-time KELT director, Jessica Lewis. Jessica, 2006 graduate of the University of Iowa with a Masters Degree in Acting, was a participant in the 2006 tour of Kazakhstan, and returned in 2007 to take the reins of the company.
Since Jessica arrived, she has directed four productions with KELT, the most recent being “David and Lisa” in Spring 2009, and the 2009 KELT Summer Tour with visits throughout Kazakhstan and KELT’s first visit to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
In 2009, the first KELT “franchise” was started in the far west of Kazakhstan, in the oil capital of the country, Atyrau. Directors Nate Fleming and Belinda Lingane plan KELT Atyrau’s first production for the fall of 2009.
KELT is an educational enterprise, seeking to be a place where English learners can improve their language abilities as well as broaden their cultural experience by participating in or observing English language productions. We seek to do so in as entertaining and professionally a manner as possible.
If you are interested in learning about KELT Almaty, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If KELT Atyrau is more your speed, please write email@example.com. Please write if you have any questions or comments, or if you are interested in participating onstage or off.