Class of 2006
Currently obtaining MFA in Stage Management
What advice would you give to current theatre students?
Your attitude and work ethic will be more valuable to you than almost anything else. Do you show up on time, take initiative, say "please" and "thank you", empty the trashcan without being asked to? Those are the things that lead you to get hired or cast a second time and beyond. When you walk in the door day one of college NEVER assume you know more than anyone else, especially your fellow freshmen, you are there to learn and work even if it means reviewing something you already know take it all in and then be the best you can. If it's old hat then there's no reason you shouldn't excel.
What is your favorite show memory from Chantilly High School?
Choreographing the scenic transitions for the 2006 production of Auntie Mame! It was a massive set and I was very proud to have made sure each and every one of those transitions had as much thought and vision as the scenes in the play. It certainly has come in handy as that has been a part of my professional life for over 10 years now.
What have been some of your most interesting adventures as a Stage Manager?
I worked in the DC Theatre professional theatre community for 9 years before recently starting grad school to earn my MFA so that I can teach stage management at the university level! I've worked on a lot of things from venue management, to musicals, devised movement pieces, jazz at the Kennedy Center, a cat circus, and a lot of things in between! I spent five seasons as the resident stage manager for a physical theatre company which is never what I would have guessed leaving Chantilly!