Kevin Patrick Archambault
6/27/1977 – 1/10/2022
The Austin theatre community of a couple of decades ago surely remembers this sweet face. Kevin Archambault worked and played with enthusiasm, joy, humor, and kindness that no one could forget! Many here mourn his early passing and celebrate his beautiful life. May Kevin's memory remind us all to appreciate the time we have together.
Husband to Randolph Loder, son of William and Mary Jo Archambault, brother to Bill (Jamie) Archambault, Colleen (Tom) Watson, and Michaela (Mike) Montour. Also survived by nephews and nieces - Will Archambault, Katie Archambault (Arnold Ng), Cameron Watson, Sabrina Watson, and Logan Montour along with many cousins.
Kevin graduated from the Denver School of the Arts (drama) in 1995. He attended St. Edwards University in Austin Texas where he majored in Theater and Drama. Kevin graduated Cum Laude and was awarded the Deacon Crain award recognizing him as the outstanding theater student in 1999. After graduation, he worked for several years for the Austin Musical Theater Company acting and teaching. During these years he worked on over 60 productions, mostly as an actor. In 2001 he moved to New York and then to the Hudson Valley area. He auditioned for a play at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck and that began many years of acting, directing, choreographing and teaching at the theater. He did 34 productions in his time at the Center plus other productions in the area. At the time of his death, he was Artistic Director for the Center.
As Kevin so poignantly pointed out in his video that he made to be played after his death and can be found on Facebook under the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in October 2020. He remained positive to the end as he forged his last battle.
There will be a Celebration of Life for him in the Hudson Valley area of New York in the spring/summer. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial for him in Denver, CO at a future date.
Kevin will be greatly missed by his husband, family, and family of friends. He was a bright light who touched us all, and, although he is gone, his light lives on in all our hearts.
Susan Grace Threadgill
4/28/1960 – 10/3/2021
The Austin theatre community honors the life, work and good humor of Susan Grace Threadgill, a true friend of the arts. Services are Friday, October 8, 2021 in Henderson, Texas. Her complete obituary can be read here. In lieu of flowers, Susan's family requests donations to Orange Santa at UT Austin. Please designate your gift In Memory of Susan Threadgill.
Susan was a legendary Austin stage manager, affectionally known as “She Who Must Be Obeyed.” She served as production stage manager for the Austin Lyric Opera for 22 years. She became Associate Director and then Director of Production for University Events at UT Austin, where she managed hundreds of important events for a decade. In 2014, Susan received the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology's Distinguished Achievement Award in Management. She freelanced for Austin Symphony, Austin Shakespeare, Zilker Theatre Productions, and Conspirare, and served as production stage manager for the UT PAC (now Texas Performing Arts). Over the course of her career, Susan served as production manager for at least 50 opera performances, 20 musicals, and 8 Shakespeare plays.
During her 38-year career, she wore many hats: actor, technician, stage manager, production manager, producer, director, combat choreographer, librettist, and playwright. She recalled most fondly the projects that allowed her to marry the arts with education, mentoring young technicians, managers, and performers as they took their first steps on the paths to their own careers. Colleagues and performers knew her as a dedicated, competent professional who ran a tight ship, and tempered strictness with kindness, integrity, a strong sense of caring, and a lot of fun. Those lucky enough to know or work with Susan will forever hear her voice, full of playful thunder, shoo the company home at the end of each rehearsal, “Flee! Be gone!”
Susan would have become instantly flushed at all this attention. If she were here, she would surely say, “Alllllright, Get Back To Work!” Yes ma’am, Susan. Places, everyone. May we value the goodness in each other every day we are here — as Susan did.