First Show at WCT: Phantom of the Opera and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!
Where did you go to college? What did you study?: Syracuse University for English, and years later Middlesex Community College for theatre.
Favorite shows/roles?: At WCT? Each one has been unique and memorable! I feel like I get a chance to grow and try new things every time we meet!
What is your most memorable WCT moment? Not to get too sappy, but a parent (you know who you are!) told me recently how much of a positive influence I am on their child and thanked me for being a role model. For me, this encompassed so many memorable moments watching our actors and techies grow and learn. It is truly an honor to be part of their lives. Okay, done with the sap!
How did you first get involved with WCT? I was just out of a professional internship in lights and sound with Merrimack Repertory Theatre when the technical director position opened up. I don’t remember how I heard about it; probably through a mutual friend I share with Erica Berman. Anyway, I applied, interviewed with Peyton and Deidre, convinced them to take a chance on a relatively inexperienced but passionate me, and the rest is history!
What is one word that best describes a WCT participant? Collaborative.
What are you currently reading? I started reading Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series “The Wheel of Time” when I was a teenager. Twenty years later, the final book released this past January, and in honor of the occasion I restarted the series from the beginning and am around 12 books in!
What is your favorite movie? Who can answer that? I’ll go with Lord of the Rings extended editions if you allow me a trilogy…
What is your favorite play/musical? “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard for a straight play, and “Into the Woods” for a musical!
Whats currently at the top of your playlist? Podcasts. I listen to a LOT of podcasts.
What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now? More of the same please! Working with passionate people who love what they do. I’m lucky enough to be one of those people! I get to work in lights, sound, sets, and even direct from time to time! I do miss being on stage though… maybe a little more of that?
What do you do in your free time? What’s this “free time” you speak of? When I CAN get away, I’m a big old nerd… I dig good books, story-based video games, well-written television… Summertime sees me spending more time outside as well… when I’m not teching a day away in a dark room of course!
Do you have any special skills that you’d like us to know about? I have garnered a bit of a reputation amongst the WCT regulars as a ninja wizard, but I don’t like to brag…
Most embarrassing WCT moment? During “Poe Poe Poe!” there was a monologue in which Melancholy Poe waxed lyrical about how alone he was. I had a particularly appropriate light cue written in which all of the lights on stage slowly faded away except for a tight front special on him, isolating him in the space. It was lovely. Opening night, just at the start of the cue, the lamp in the special died, and Poe faded away into complete darkness until I brought up an emergency full stage wash. We fixed it for the next show, but it was certainly memorable! Sorry, Nabil!
If you could have dinner with a character from a play or musical, who
would it be and why? Argh! Too many choices! I’m going to rewrite the question and only use characters I’ve personally played… appetizers with Prince Dauntless from “Once Upon a Mattress” for his youthful optimism; main course with Dr. Thomas Stockmann from “Enemy of the People,” for despite his faults he is a brilliant and passionate man and a stirring conversationalist; a coffee after dinner on the back porch with Tom from “A Glass Menagerie” as we watched the sun slowly fade and quietly reminisced…
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