What is your name?
What is your dream role? Why?
I tell everyone my dream role hasn't been written yet. BUT I do have a dream composer. I do enjoy Amalia from She Loves Me and Anastasia and Eliza Doolittle, but if I could be in Sondheim shows for the rest of my life, I would. Easily. For example I could be in Into The Woods until the world ended, playing Little Red for a while, then moving into an older role like the Baker's Wife when I finally looked older than 19, and then live out my days playing Cinderella's Mother because I would be too old and frail to be the Witch.
What was your first big performance opportunity? Tell us about it.
My first big performance opportunity was playing Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz" at a university close to Beaumont, Texas, my hometown. Why I consider it my first big performance opportunity is due to these facts: it was in this gigantic new theater that held about 500 people (which is big for Beaumont), it ran for 10 performances rather than the standard 4, I made multiple appearances in the paper, on commercials, TV stations, and radio spots, I was working with both adults and kids and I held myself to a professional level because I expected much from myself and everyone was watching what I did, I had the opportunity to share this timeless story with so many people and especially with little ones which made my heart burst, and lastly, this was the first show both my parents worked on and my dad told me he finally understood why I do this and that I was great at it. If that's not a win I don't know what it!
What role are you completely inappropriate for that you perform superbly in your shower and car?
Favorite dance shoe?
LaDucas, 2 1/2 inch heel soft sole or socks!
Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?
Jump up and down 3-5 times, then cycle breathing!!! Then I pray for confidence and His Presence and Will!
Where did you train in theatre? How has that affected you?
I trained and just graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in the BA program for Musical Theatre! I grew not only as an artist but also worked with industry professionals and made many connections that I could not be more thankful for. I learned one of the most crucial life lessons during my training there, and it is that you have to seek out opportunities for yourself. You cannot depend on an organization or a group to supply you with what you need. Only you can do that for yourself. So if you want to do more shows, go seek that out for yourself. If you need more rigorous training in dance or acting or voice, go find it. You cannot wait on someone to spoon feed you what they think you need. You have to be the one to diagnose yourself and get out there to find the cure.
BILLY ELLIOT. What an uplifting and powerful story about following what your heart wants and needs to do rather than allowing society and people tell you what you have to do. I saw the show when I was deciding if I was going to pursue this profession, and it was the push I needed to seal my fate.
Favorite straight play?
Yikes I need to read more straight plays before I can answer this question.
Do you have any performers that you admire or look up to? Why?
Cynthia Erivo is pretty inspiring in her training both vocally and physically. Mad respect for Ben Platt too for his dedication to Evan and making sure he is vocally and mentally healthy is definitely something to admire. I also look up to Queen Audra for her versatility and vocal prowess and also Anthony Ramos as he preaches and maintains his faith in this industry, which is something I strive to do as well.
Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?
John Mayer and Michael Buble
What keeps you sane offstage?
God, family, friends, FOOD, running, dancing, reading, and laughing.
Worst thing about auditioning?
The waiting. Easily. Before and after. (editor's note: pssst, we agree and we all feel it. Here. )
the cultivation of stories about heartbreak, joy, loss, hope, hate, love, struggle, triumph, death, and life told by people and presented to people both in need of learning about others and discovering that they are not alone in their stories.