Do you have any experience working with children?
My previous experience includes Mad Science of North East Central Florida - an educational entertainment group that brings learning to life - where I taught after-school classes, summer camps, and performed shows and birthday parties. I have also created and lead Puppetry Workshops for middle school students attending the Florida Junior Thespian District 8 Festival.
What characters do you play in the theme parks?
I am incredibly lucky to be a "friend of" some amazing and beloved theme park characters. Character integrity is very important to keep the magic, so that's all I can tell you here :)
What advice can you offer to aspiring young performers?
Don't be afraid to make bold choices. And take every class you can, because the true performer never stops learning.
Who are your favorite actors/actresses?
I adore Marion Cotillard. She's never stepped into a role she didn't absolutely conquer, and she's extremely versatile. Every film I have ever seen her in, I find myself thinking: "What I wouldn't give to be like her." I have also been a huge fan of Stanley Tucci since I can remember. I think he's incredibly underrated, but one of those rare, perfectly natural actors. Every role seems so easy for him, which is hard to manage even for a pro.
What is the most fun role you have played?
In college, I had to step in and learn an entire show in 32 hours. The role was Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, my favorite of Shakespeare's plays. It was an exhausting, incredible, and hilarious journey as the three of us who were brought in to replace three of the leads struggled to learn the show. We were sleep deprived and delirious by the time we opened, but we loved every second of it. For me, that show was a turning point. It showed me that this didn't have to just be a hobby for me: I had what it took to perform as a career.
What is the most challenging role you have played?
I was in a workshop, and subsequently the premiere, of a musical version of Trojan Women. The director had a firm belief in theatre of cruelty, and rehearsals were often very emotional. There are no light moments in that show, and all of the actors fell apart at one point or another during rehearsals. It was a difficult show to separate from life outside, and we were all in a pretty dark place by the end. It was a beautiful show, but I would not be eager to repeat the experience.
What is your dream role?
There are so many amazing roles on the stage that I would love to tackle some day. But the one ultimate dream role for me is Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is an important show to me in many ways, and I've always felt like Puck really captures the magical, mischievous little spirit in all of us. Not many people choose to play him as a woman, but I'm still looking forward to the day when someone lets me get my hands on that role, if only so I can finally perform his wonderful parting words to the audience.
What job would you have if you were not a performer?
I would like to be a novelist, because no matter if it's on the stage or the page, I am a storyteller. I would also like to build puppets and teach puppetry, because I think it is a beautiful and under-appreciated art form.