I was introduced to theatre at the age of two when my parents took me to see a production of Treasure Island. I don’t remember the experience, but according to them I sat through the whole show, totally enthralled. This proves to me that theatre has been a huge part of my life since before I can even remember.
When my dad directed college plays I would reenact the plays with my Barbie dolls at home. When tasked to entertain over a dozen younger cousins at family gatherings, I would wrangle them all into putting on a murder mystery for our parents. When I fell in love with the book Anne of Green Gables, my sixth grade teacher let me adapt it into a stage play, direct my classmates, and play the title role. My impulse was to turn everything into theatre.
Deep down I think I always knew I wanted to be an actor, but at times in my life I did consider other paths. There was the phase where I thought I would be a children’s book author/illustrator. There was another phase where I thought I would be a pediatrician, or a dietician. I dabbled in other fields as well, but the one thing I could never give up was theatre. Eventually I realized that if I made theatre my career, I could (in a way) be anything. Everything, in fact. I could turn theatre into everything.
Acting has allowed me to be a frustrated young French girl forced to marry her sickly cousin, only to be sucked into a torrid extramarital love affair that spins out of control and results in a murder that haunts her for the rest of her life! I have gotten to spend some time as a few different Russian women who all dream of the lives they want but are forced to come to grips with the fact that it will never be in the cards for them. I have walked in the shoes of a pink-haired drug addict who falls off the wagon and burns a house down, a young woman from 1950’s Brooklyn who falls head over heels for an Italian immigrant, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who suffers from debilitating third-degree burns covering a third of her body and even more debilitating emotional wounds, a fire-breathing PTA mom who will stop at nothing to do what she thinks is right for her daughter, and a hippie lab tech who gets her finger bitten off by a talking chimpanzee. I have been a sea captain, a sketch artist, a “lady of the night,” the daughter of a wizard, and a woman whose mind was uploaded into a synthetic body. The list goes on and on…
Theatre is my life, and acting is my limitless opportunity to live in the lives of others.