What is your name?
What is your dream role? Why?
Oh goodness! It changes all the time. I'd say a life long dream role is Mary Poppins- I love her spunk, sass and overall philosophy towards life. And it would be pretty cool to fly 🙂
What's your MOST special skill?
This is going to sound so basic and cheesy but honestly??? Music-directing. I've music directed lots of shows for both adult actors and kids and currently work part-time as a music teacher. Every actor has to supplement their money somehow in between jobs and they aren't kidding in college when they tell you skills pay bills.
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?
Nettie from The Color Purple! Who doesn't love belting their own Tony Award Winning performance of I'm Here for all of the highway to see?
Favorite dance shoe?
I use a LaDuca character that provides SO much support and love my basic tan capezio jazz shoes in the rehearsal room!
Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?
I record all of my voice lessons so on the way to an audition, I'll listen and practice alongside a voice lesson to get myself focused and warmed up!
Where did you train in theatre? How has that affected you?
I received my BM in Musical Theatre this past May from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I absolutely loved my time at CUA and in DC and am continuously grateful for the opportunity to have studied what I love for four years (and now to get to use that training in the real world)!
Again- this changes all the time! Lately, it's been Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Bright Star. I absolutely fell in love with it when I saw it on Broadway- it was so refreshingly simple, beautiful and pure.
Favorite straight play?
Likely a tie between Pygmalion and A Raisin in the Sun- both such timeless, powerful stories with incredibly strong characters.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I learn something new every time I read it.
Do you have any performers that you admire or look up to? Why?
My life long theatre role model has been Julie Andrews. Her grace, talent and poise is simply unmatched. Lately, I've also been super inspired by Carmen Cusack; I think she handles her talent and career with so much genuine humility and is one of the hardest working actresses out there today.
Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?
WAY too many to choose from! For classics' sake, though, I'd have to say old school jazz artists like Ella Fitzgerald. I love exploring new singer-songwriter artists on spotify or youtube, though, as well!
What's the worst part about auditioning?
Honestly? Waiting outside the room. Once you're in the room, the nerves almost always fade- but that wait can be a killer!
What keeps you sane offstage?
Having a faith life! I am a very active member of my church and truly feel that my faith has been a bedrock for me throughout my entire life.
the closet thing we have to magic.
Where can our audience find you online?
You can find me on instagram and twitter at @mgraceeib or check out my website- www.mereditheib.com!