photo cred.- L. R.

What is your name?


What is your dream role? Why?

Just about every woman in Sondheim's canon--I can't pick just one! His music is fundamentally what I most love about performing. He writes in such a way that if you just sing his music, the emotion of the moment comes through. It feels like an incredible connection between artists: theatre's greatest strength.

What is the MOST special of all of your special skills?

Being an educator, as well!

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

Believe in Me, a non-profit dance company, taught Austin area school kids in the classrooms and select teams on weekends. My awesome costumer mom worked with them, and they ultimately invited me to dance with their select teams! After years of dancing with them, I was cast as the lead in the mainstage show at Bass Concert Hall! I was 12 and it was an unforgettable experience!

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

Jimmy from Thoroughly Modern Millie or Curly from Oklahoma!.

Favorite dance shoe?

LaDuca, of course!

Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?

Right before walking in, I usually run through my monologues in different ways, so that I can keep it fresh in the audition room. But since I'm ready to audition in any moment...whenever I'm near a piano, I always press middle C. At this point it's ingrained in my head and can easily sing it.

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

While I don't really have formal theatre training, I do feel like I grew up in the Austin theatre scene! I've definitely had influential teachers and coaches from my youth; and working with a variety of directors, writers, designers, and musicians has exposed me to varying styles and allowed me to be flexible in artistic approaches.

Favorite musical?

Little Shop of Horrors! I have such nostalgia for this musical, having grown up listening to this soundtrack more than any other! I can sing every song (instrumentals included), and I love how funny, romantic, and dark this show is! Reflecting on it a bit more, I realize that those attributes have informed who I am as a creative: funny, romantic, and dark.

Favorite straight play?

Eurydice. I was lucky enough to see it in its original production, and it was pure magic. This was also the first Sarah Ruhl play I ever saw, and she's easily one of my favorite playwrights. She writes rich characters in worlds that teeter between magic and reality, and that moment when Eurydice remembers Orpheus's name is so simple and can still make me cry in recollection.

Favorite book?

Little Women. What can I say, I love strong, female characters.

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

Sutton Foster! From her killer vocals to her dance moves to her varied acting career, there's so many reasons to admire this woman! Plus, she seems genuinely kind!

Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?

Otis Redding.

What keeps you sane offstage?

Writing and my fella!

Worst thing about auditioning?

The waiting. Waiting to maybe be seen, waiting to hear back.

Theatre is: 

for entertainment, escapism, reflection, activism, and connection.

Where can people find out more about you online?


Instagram: @kleenyrose




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