- You were named an Indie Theater Now Person of the Year for 2013. (YAY!) They describe their People of the Year as artists that "represent the cream of contemporary independent theater…[who] have contributed in multiple ways to the diversity and vitality of NYC theater in the past 12 months." How does it feel to be recognized by an organization that describes their artists that way?
- What did you do that contributed to your receiving this recognition?
LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS, AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS
photos courtesy of Boomerang Theatre Co./ Justin Hoch (2013)
In terms of my highlights for 2013, I was a frequent participant in Wide Eyed's "Winks" staged reading series; I played two very different roles in Boomerang Theatre Company's world premiere of Johnna Adams' LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS, AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS; I reviewed plays at the New York International Fringe Festival and the United Solo Festival. I went to a lot of plays and fundraisers, participated in last-minute readings, and was active in terms of supporting the independent theatre community. I think that in particular is what this all about: community building. We don't create theatre in a vacuum, even if the work is set in outer space. Theatre – especially independent theatre – is a collaborative art form, and I like to play with and support my fellow collaborators.
- How did you initially get involved with Indie Theater Now, formerly nytheatre.com?
- You were also recently invited to join the League of Professional Theatre Women. What does that mean to you? How will it shape your acting career as a woman and an artist?
|Wide Eyed's "Winks"/ Brianne Blessitt (2013)|
- What advice do you have for actors who are starting out or need inspiration to keep at it?