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What is your name?

Danae

What is your dream role? Why?

I stopped using the term "dream role" awhile ago - because a dream role sounds out of reach or unattainable. So here's a short list of a few other options in the same vein. Role that I hope to see in my near future: Rona Lisa Peretti in Spelling Bee.Role I'd love to play when I'm older: Mama Rose in Gypsy. And finally, roles I'm dying to play again: The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Polly Baker in Crazy for You.

What's your MOST special skill?

The most special of all my special skills would probably be my social media and writing skills! Little known fact: I didn't get a BFA like most of my colleagues... I went to school for journalism and have had an accomplished career as a marketing and social media professional for years. It also happens to be my survival job when I'm not acting.

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?

OBVIOUSLY all the roles in In The Heights and Hamilton. One day, Lin-Manuel Miranda will discover me. I'm sure of it.

Favorite dance shoe?

LaDuca, of course! I have gorgeous 3 inch Elizabeth dance heels and they make me feel amazing.

Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?

I always read Jack Plotnick's Actor Affirmations (I have them printed out and stored in my audition repertoire book). I also repeat to myself: "You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are."

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

My training in theater has always been by doing. I was raised in the community theater. Even when I was working a 9-5 job (or a muggle job, as I call it), I would spend every evening and weekend doing shows. Especially when I lived in Sarasota, FL, the theater scene there is incredible. I owe so much of my "training" to the artists I shared the stage with at the Venice Theatre, Sarasota Players, and Manatee Performing Arts Center.

Favorite musical?

If I had to pick JUST ONE, I'd pick Next to Normal. Other favorites include: The Drowsy Chaperone, Spelling Bee, Into the Woods, Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight, In The Heights... the list could go on and on.

Favorite straight play?

I have several for this category too! August: Osage County, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), anything by Lynn Nottage, and Noises Off.

Favorite book?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

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

Kevin Spacey is my favorite TV/film actor. And, then of course, Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius. He is living the dream. I'll never forget seeing In The Heights on Broadway front row (after winning the lottery for tickets), and in the opening song when he says "Get off at 181st, and take the escalator // I hope you’re writing this down, I’m gonna test ya later" he pointed and looked right at me... and I may have instantly started crying. (Shhh, don't tell anyone)

Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?

Honestly? Ella Fitzgerald. Could listen to her all-day, everyday.

What keeps you sane offstage?

French fries.

Worst thing about auditioning?

Feeling like you're putting all your eggs in one basket.

Theatre is: 

my church.

Where can our audience find you online?

www.danaedeshazer.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danaedeshazer

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danaedeshazeractor/

 

 

 

 

photo cred.- Sarasota Theatre, production of Cabaret.
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