nytheatre.com q&a preview by Shelby Leshine
July 1, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
A play divided into three parts, you will meet three separate young women and be invited to join them on their individual journeys as they sort out all things GIRL related.
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. It's a tiny New England suburb that's actually closer to Connecticut than it is to the great city of Boston. I was born in Virginia and I guess that answer should've come first seeing as I was in fact born before I was raised, but I don't remember much about living in the South so I can't really speak about my born-timez. I just recently graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where I studied drama at the Atlantic Acting School. The theater company that is producing "girl." is made up of my classmates from the Atlantic!
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I'm a newly-graduated-young-twenty-something-artist... I certainly appreciate all mediums of art, even the ones I have less experience with. That being said, I think there is something truly magical and untouchable about live performance. There is something so special about the actual event of a play; knowing the possibilities are endless... anything can happen. I love that everyone (both ensemble and audience) leaves a piece of themselves in the space, just by being there and allowing the play to change them. Watching live theater is a communal experience - I love community.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
In the 'Third Year' at the Atlantic Acting School, we have a class called 'Company'. (It's essentially a crash-course: How To Start A Theater Company would be another great title for the class...) The company exists as a kind of mock-up for what it could be in real life post-school: you pick a name, devise a mission statement... and so on. Once your training at Atlantic is done, this theater company has two choices: exist or... fizzle out. We decided that our company, GREY ROOM, was going to exist! So everyone involved in the show is either a Grey Room company member or an associated artist that we went to school with and love dearly.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
The show is called "girl." I'd be lying if I said it was SMOOTH. But it's definitely SEXY, SMART, AND SURPRISING... I mean c'mon it's about girls...
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Hears to hoping it can - otherwise I need to pick a new career.