I was raised with showtunes ringing in my ears and my family members asking me to run lines with them. For as long as I can remember I have been watching my two older sisters perform on stages all over. They were the ones to introduce me to this incredible art called theatre, so I always thought of performing as “theirs”. As I have grown up I have wondered what I will call my own, what will define me? Who am I, really? I am still unsure of those answers, but I do know that I feel closer to who I really am when I play someone else, ironically. In the days of playing pretend, I would stay in my room and perform new monologues for various Disney princesses. I remember running around the house, dramatically looking out of windows, imagining myself as Juliet, or doing the best I could in the home movies my sisters and I would create on hot summer days. Theatre has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, it made me the person I am today, and it will shape the person I become.
I first met Bailey when he became the MIFA director at the high school I would soon go to. He directed my sister in the show that opened my eyes about what theatre can be and what it really is. When Slipstream began, I knew it would be special, and the shows that would come out of the company would be nothing less than inspiring, both of which have proven to be true. When I got to high school and was able to work in theatre myself, my world was changed. I had no idea theatre and acting could be so personal, and that I had such a love for it.
When I have time to myself, I love watching movies, reading, writing angsty teenage journal entries, or just hanging out with my family or friends. I used to play sports, but I quickly realized that running is not what my heart desires. Now, I can proudly eat an entire box of mac and cheese by myself.