FOLLOW SPOT ON: Craig
photo cred.- CF Photography

What is your name?

Craig.

What is your dream role? Why?

Ah yes, the big question with the ever-changing answer. These days, I find myself DYING to play the role of Albus Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I've always leaned more towards musicals. However, after seeing it on the West End this summer, I'm OBSESSED. Harry Potter is, by far, my absolute favorite series and it always has been. While most mothers would read Dr. Seuss to their children before bed, my mother would read me the chronicles of the boy who lived.

What's your MOST special skill?

Some say my Miranda Sings impression is pretty spot-on!

What was your first big performance opportunity? Tell us about it.

What role are you completely inappropriate for that you perform superbly in your shower and car?

The Muses from Hercules. All of them. At the same time.

Favorite dance shoe?

Miller and Ben Triple-Threat Taps

Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?

Usually, I like to shower. They typically don't like it if you look and smell like a bridge troll.

Where did you train in theatre? How has that affected you?

I recently graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre from The University of Alabama. I absolutely loved my time there. I truly felt that my professor not only taught me the information I needed for success, but the discipline that it takes to make it in this business. The program is truly a hidden gem and it's growing exponentially.

Favorite musical?

The Color Purple. Hands down. It's incredible. The music is AMAZING. The story is so human and timeless. I weep like an infant every time I see or hear it.

Favorite straight play?

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child because it's friggin' magical.

Favorite book?

Harry Potter. I feel like I'm starting to sound like that old YouTube video with the puppets.

Do you have any performers that you admire or look up to? Why?

One artist I really admire is one of my dance teachers from college, Cornelius Carter. In class, he used to make us keep a journal. Every day, before we started dancing in class, we would talk about life and the profession and make notes in our journal. I used to write down things he said in that class and I cannot express the impact a lot of his words had on me. I still often look back on those notes when I'm feeling uninspired or stressed. For Professor Carter, it's not just about the technique and talent, it's about heart and artistry. The things we discussed in that class are priceless and I would not trade that experience.

Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?

For sure it's Ariana Grande. I think she's just absolutely fabulous.

What keeps you sane offstage?

Water, a good pair of tweezers, and Candy Crush.

Worst thing about auditioning?

For me, I think it's nerves. I have the worst audition anxiety. No matter how prepared I am, I still get the worst jitters. I could be singing "Happy Birthday" in the room and still be a wreck before I walk in.

Theatre is: 

Everything to me.

Where can our audience find you online?

My website is still under construction!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cffirst

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cffirst

 

 

 

 

 

 

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