1. i know that you have lived in SLC and georgia. where are all the places
you’ve lived? which one is your favorite of them all? and how did you wind up
I lived in various parts of Georgia (mostly Albany) until I was about five, at which point we moved to North TX. I want to say my father’s job transferred him there, but it could have been a military thing. Dad was in the Navy reserves until I was something like 8 or 9. We moved to this really neat two-story townhouse, which I loved because it had STAIRS. I have no idea why I thought that was so cool. We actually lived fairly close to where foi lives at present. We were there for a year or so, moved to Plano for about a year, moved to Fort Worth for about two years, then my parents split up–Dad stayed here and Mom moved us to La Marque (just outside of Galveston) to live with our grandfather. About a year and a half later we moved to Salt Lake City because Mom married a man from there. I moved back to Fort Worth, TX my senior year of high school for various reasons. After graduation, I moved back to Salt Lake City. Got married, moved to Bountiful, got divorced about six years later, moved to Salt Lake City again. I had a couple of roommates then who I thought were awesome-we still keep in touch. But I was pretty broke and struggling and needed help, so I moved back to Fort Worth with Dad and the monster. After a few years I got my own place in Arlington, and now I’m back in Fort Worth again with the ‘rents trying to pay of my 40K in school loans. I’ve moved a lot.
I loved something about every place I’ve lived. I seem to recall there being a walking path near the naval base in GA, and my brother and I used to walk it every day and we would pass this one dilapidated house with an antebellum feel. My brother had me convinced it was haunted and I was terrified, but it was that sort of fun kind of terrified where you can’t resist passing it every day just to prove you can. And I loved La Marque just because it was so close to the beach, which I loved so much. Actually, if I could live anywhere I wanted without worrying about how to make a living, I would really love to live by a beach. I don’t need to be on it or anything-just walking distance. And Salt Lake City is ridiculously close to the most beautiful hiking trails and mountain scenery you will ever see. Actually, SLC gets a bad rap. It’s a really beautiful, clean city and the people are very nice. Quirky, certainly. But very friendly.
For me, though, home is where the people I love are-so in that sense, I can make myself at home anywhere as long as I have that human contact close by. If I have to choose a favorite, though, it would be North Texas. Despite the constant moving, I’ve spent most of my life here, so if family/friends weren’t a factor, I’d live in this area probably. Of course if every one I knew and loved packed up and moved to an elsewhere, I’d be hot on their heels. I need my friends and family.
2. how long have you been doing theatre? what got you interested in it? what
is your favorite show to have been a part of and your favorite role? (they don’t
necessarily have to be the same).
I got started in theatre my sophomore year of high school. I was really, painfully shy in high school and usually my fine arts credits were taken in art or art history. I liked drawing and painting a lot even though I wasn’t any good at it. But WHS had this really creepy art teacher who gave me the wiggens, so my friend Tiff convinced me to give Theatre a try instead. She assured me that Drama I was pretty much all book learning (not so much acting) and it had a rep for being an easy ‘A.’ So I enrolled spring semester. Of course, the very first assignment was a monologue. Which TERRIFIED me. But I got on stage and suddenly I found myself extremely able to tune out the people watching and just give in to the play. It was just like my “imagine” games I did all the time, except there were people three feet away from me. It was just incredibly freeing to me. I auditioned for the next play, which was Our Town, and got the part of Emily. You know, I’ve been excited over getting really good parts many times since then, but I think that was the sweetest–seeing Willy (my George) standing by the cast list with a silly grin on his face. And I was hoping maybe for George’s little sister or to be in the choir, and he suddenly lifted me up right in the middle of a crowded school hallway and twirled me around, laughing and yelling “we got it, we got it!” No role, as much as I have loved most of them, has given me more joy.
You and V constantly challenge me and I’ve loved everything I’ve done with MoMentuM, but it was serendipitous getting the part of Ouisa in Six Degrees at the same time we were doing that master class with Betty Buckley. Up to that point, I’d never played such a complex character, and I really used all the tools Ms. Buckley showed us we had at our own disposal. I learned a lot from her. Aside from that, I’ve never felt as cohesive in a cast as I did in the Juarez show. That was an amazing experience telling those stories and being so in tune with each other–especially that last show. It was freaking awesome. That kind of experience is why I love acting. I wish they were all that way.
3. you work in the school of social work. how did you wind up in that
department? did you want to become a social worker? when you were thinking of
pursuing your master’s was it going to be in theatre or social work?
Arriving at social work was just sort of a lucky thing. I’d been working HR (which is where all my prior office experience is) for New Orleans based group with retail in D/FW Airport. I really wasn’t happy there at all, plus I hated the commute. So I was looking for something a little closer to home. I wanted to go to school here, and I thought maybe it would be cool to get a job here, so I applied to the secretarial pool and got job offers from both Admissions and Social Work. I chose SSW because they paid about $2K more annually. I had no idea how much I would love the mission of social work and the center I speficially work for. So basically, I just lucked out.
As far as my graduate studies-initially, I wanted a MFA in Theatre Administration. I considered a couple of different schools, but at the time I was just so tired the thought of it make me want to lay down and take a nap. A couple of years after finishing the BFA, I decided I could teach high school theatre and enrolled in the M.Ed. courses. I am actually ridiculously close to being qualified. I’ve already passed my content area and completed all the graduate courses. Technically all I need is to complete my student teaching and I will be awarded a M.Ed. and can take my certification exam. I got really far and then I just froze at the idea of teaching. I don’t know why. And now I’m so focused on paying off my school loans, I can’t fathom taking out the additional loans which would be necessary for me to complete my training. I think might be suffering from arrested development.
4. what is your favorite childhood memory?
Oh, that’s actually a hard question! I have some really great ones mixed in with the not-so-great. So I’ll just tell you about “a” memory that’s actually a combination of hundreds of them. Any time I got to spend solely with foi was always good. When we shared a room, I would snuggle up with her and we would have almost the same conversation every night. First, I’d have to wake her up. To this day, I’m not sure how often she really was asleep, but she sure seemed kind of tired and irritated when I woke her up just to talk. But gradually she’d warm up (or possibly give up) and we’d start giggling together. We’d cover the day, how stupid our brother was (I feel so sorry for him in retrospect-poor guy), any serious topics that needed covering, and then we’d move on to fart jokes and we’d rehash every funny and and/or smelly gas we’d ever had. Not too impressive, eh? But I loved those late night giggly conversations with foi, including Dad, who was by that time exasperated, hollering at us to shut up and go to bed.
5. what do you like best about blogging?
I like being connected to so many people I love as well as the people I’ve never met. It’s really honestly the only way I keep in touch with some of my friends. So, probably the sense of community is what I love best about blogging.
Those were some long answers!!
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