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Down the Rabbit Hole

October 17, 2011

How did I get started in this industry? I think the problem started when I was seven. We were doing some kind of poetry reading for our parents in elementary school, featuring the works of the esteemed Shel Silverstein Dr. Seuss and the like. I shared a poem with four other children, and I had the last part. The poem was about a child wanting a pet and in the end they get a snake. In the last moment, when I said the final line and produced the rubber snake I forced my mom to buy me special for the play, the parents erupted in laughter and applause. For me!

Now, unfortunately rubber snakes don’t last forever. I carried that thing around until the bottom jaw fell off and all the blue paint chipped away, but what stayed with me was the feeling I got with the hot lights shining in my face and the response from the masses hidden in the darkness. In junior high, I joined a community theatre called Seaubug Entertainment, run by Mia Iacovelli. Mia was one of my first mentors, and one of my most influential. Some of my fondest memories–no, my ONLY fond memories of junior highschool (because, let’s be honest, junior high is the WORST)–are of running around the Eau Gallie Civic Center, performing original works with Seabug. I learned discipline and the close friendships that were created by working on shows together. In high school, I joined an amazing program we had called Summer Fine Arts, which would later prepare me for years of summerstock. After high school, I broke the sad news to my parents that I wanted Theatre to be my major. I made some crappy audition videos in the news room at our college and started sending them out to any theatre with an apprenticeship program, which is how I landed in Vermont the summer of Freshman year. I worked in summerstock and in Orlando through college, and then did my year-long apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre. I fell in love with Philadelphia and have been living and working here ever since!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2011 10:51 pm

    I think it’s so cool that artists tend to fall into their destinies at such a young age. Applause for all you artists who stay true to yourselves from the very beginning! Love hearing first time stories – keep em comin, greenroombloggers. This is an exciting week!

  2. October 19, 2011 11:20 am

    I love that a rubber snake was such an integral part of your artistic future. Seems apropos 😉

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