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Anthem

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jennifer Sandella
January 19, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director/Adapter .

What is your show about?
An adaptation for the stage of "Anthem" by Ayn Rand; it is the story of a man finding his place in a world that rejects him for trying to be who he really is.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in New York City. I grew up on Sullivan Street in Manhattan and moved to Brooklyn Heights when I was 10. I went to NYC public schools as a kid and got my BFA in Performance from Hofstra University on Long Island and my MA in Text and Performance from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I love the immediacy of the theatre - the feeling of the happening in the here and now and the relationship between the audience and the performers. There is something special about sharing something, in the moment, with a room full of strangers.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
I love the ending - the feeling the actors and the story leave you with, as well as the music, bring the show to an amazing place that will energize and inspire you!

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Smart

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I strongly believe that it is the responsibility of artists to tell stories that connect us to the world we are living in, and these stories will lead to further questions and conversations. Once the theatre gets people talking there is all sorts of change that can be brought about.