1. How did you first get interested in theatre, what was the first play you remember seeing and what was the first play you participated in?
I have been interested in theater as long as I can remember. I grew up in a church that put on yearly Easter and Christmas pageants, and the first time I saw one, I had to be in it. I was four years old when I participated in my first.
2. When did you work at the Red Barn? What is your most distinct memory from that time?
I was at Red Barn (I believe??) in the summer of 2004 and 2005. My most distinct memory of that time was a fantastic costume party that me and my roommate had at our house in 2005. Everyone went full out, it was a blast.
3. What shows do you most remember from your Red Barn days? What moments (on-stage or off) made a specific show memorable?
I was in Bedfull of Foreigners - and I have a story from that I still tell to this day. It was a British farce, so at the end of a particular scene, I was left alone onstage and was faking my way to the stage right exit, then it blacked out and I was supposed to exit left, as I had a massive costume change to make in about twenty seconds and re-enter from the left. Unbeknownst to me, the actor who exited left before me slammed the door so hard it went past the strike plate and got stuck. In the blackout, I go to exit stage left- and the door is stuck. I can't get out. I crouched down behind the bed that was up against the stage left wall, terrified that the lights were going to come up and I was still going to be standing there. I'm pushing on the door as hard as I can- it won't budge. Finally, I reared back and punched the door with everything I had in me, and it finally opened. I crawled off stage, barely made the costume change, and no one in the audience ever knew.
4. What theater, film or backstage experience have you had since you worked at the Red Barn?
I got my Equity card a couple months after working at Red Barn, and worked professionally until around 2012. I gave up my card around then (as the theater I had steady work with closed and I wasn't interested in touring or not having a steady job) and began working and volunteering in community theater. I currently hold the title of Production Coordinator for The Players Centre for Performing Arts in Sarasota, FL, and have recently starred as Dolly Levi in their production of "Hello Dolly!"
5. Where do you live now and what are you doing career-wise?
I live in Sarasota, FL, and I am the Production Coordinator for The Players Centre for Performing Arts.
6. Anything else you’d like to share about your life or life at the Red Barn?
It was a great learning experience, and I got some amazing hands on advice and skills that you just can't learn anywhere other than summer stock.
7. If someone wanted to follow you or get in touch with you, where could they find you?
I'm really only on Facebook, but hit me up!