What is your name?
What is your dream role? Why?
Hamlet. Hands down. In my opinion, Hamlet is the most physically/mentally/emotionally demanding role available to actors; getting the chance to tackle such a monumental character (especially as a woman) would be the most complex and rewarding acting challenge I can possibly imagine.
What's your MOST special skill?
Archery! I went through a pretty intense Katniss Everdeen obsession...
What was your first big performance opportunity? Tell us about it.
I got cast as Nancy in Oliver! my freshman year of high-school (which is HYSTERICAL in retrospect), but it was the first time someone really took a chance on me and assured me that becoming an actress was an entirely attainable and honorable goal to have.
What role are you completely inappropriate for that you perform superbly in your shower and car?
I've always said that I want to be the female Al Pacino - so I've spent an inordinate amount of time imitating his Ricky Roma (Glengarry Glen Ross) and his Shylock (Merchant of Venice). Both of which I am entirely unequipped for.
Favorite dance shoe?
Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?
I usually keep a constant stream of film orchestrations blaring in my ears before auditions - I'm not entirely sure why, but it always comforts me. The intensity and intricacy of orchestrations by masterful composers like Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, and Ennio Morricone help boost my energy.
Where did you train in theatre? How has that affected you?
I studied musical theatre at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) - beyond the versatile training itself, I'm forever grateful for the community that helped me develop an unrelenting passion for creating art with substance.
A Chorus Line. I can't exactly put it into words... but it's just so human. It teeters back and forth between comedy and drama, reality and fantasy, and contains some of the most three-dimensional characters in musical theater. Not to mention it demands complete competency in acting, singing, dancing, and stamina.
Favorite straight play?
I'm a sucker for anything written by William Shakespeare. The way his text allows actors to play with language is utterly genius.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. It doesn't let you off the hook for a single moment! Ayn Rand really challenges the way you see the world.
Do you have any performers that you admire or look up to? Why?
Cynthia Erivo is the most mind-blowing and captivating actor I have ever seen live. When I saw The Color Purple , I was truly incapable of speech for about an hour because of her ability to make a 1,000 seat house feel intimate and engaged.
Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?
Amy Winehouse has been enormously influential for me musically. My tastes have also been highly influenced by Frank Sinatra, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bob Marley.
What keeps you sane offstage?
The movie theaters have always been a sort of sanctuary for me. I love watching films and whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed, the solution is usually a dark movie theater and the likes of great actors. Also, red wine and stimulating conversation.
Worst thing about auditioning?
How impersonal it can be.
"holding a mirror up to nature."
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