We look to the past to shape our future. Who are you? Where are you going from here?

This is my first time traveling to Maine. I love the outdoors, so I was especially happy to be spending this summer in Monmouth. In my free time, I enjoy painting ceramics, working out, and listening to science podcasts, but if you really want to see me go off, bring up anime and I can talk for hours.

I am a senior at the University of Houston where I am set to graduate with a BFA in acting next spring. As soon as I graduate I will be searching for work in the film, television, and commercial industry. Theatre has been a passion of mine since I was a kid, and even though I have been performing for 10 years it has never seemed like work. Doing plays or musicals gives me a chance to express myself creatively, and with each project I feel myself growing as an artist. I feel like art is a way that people can connect to others and themselves. It is a way we can learn about different cultures, communities, and stories so we can better understand why people feel the way they do about the world. It gives us the opportunity to examine ourselves and appreciate ideas that are similar or different from our own experiences in this life, giving us time to step back and acknowledge the power in the choices we make.

What most excites you about being a part of TAM’s (R)evolutionary Redux Season?

I am most excited about doing theatre again. When the pandemic started I lost multiple acting jobs in Houston and was no longer able to attend classes in person. Learning acting skills online has been a struggle, and I have missed performing so much. I cannot wait to share the stage again.

We’re all about making old things new and new things classic. Why are you drawn to Classic Theatre? How do you shake it up?

I started doing classical theatre in high school. My director at the time loved to take classical pieces and make them her own, and it was always inspiring to me how she shared her own story through plays that have been around for ages. My experiences with her have drawn me to Classical theatre and taught me that in order to make a classic piece important today, you have to give it your own voice.

From what sources do you draw your inspiration?

I draw my inspiration from the people I have worked with and the people I hope to work with. Past professors and fellow actors motivate me to continue creating art. Watching people perform plays or act in films or shows I see myself doing in the future gets me fired up and my creativity flowing.

You can have dinner with any three influential people. Who are your dream guests, why them, and what is the topic of conversation?

Amy Winehouse, Angela Davis, and Albert Einstein. Oh, I just noticed they all start with an A, but that’s not why I picked them. Amy Winehouse is my favorite artist. Angela Davis is someone I admire greatly, and Albert seems like he would be an interesting guy. I would want to talk about what they thought their purpose in life was, and if they felt like they lived accomplished lives or whether they felt that was important at all.

What recent revolutionary acts are you most proud of?

Recently I finished taking a history class and was very proud of how my teacher taught the course. She did not hide America’s ugly past, and made it a point to get her students to understand that America is not just the land of the free and home of the brave. I have never had a teacher ignite her students the way she did. I think it’s important for people to understand the history of this country, because understanding how we got here is the first step to making this country a safe place for everyone to live in and be proud of.

What’s your super power?

Even though I am allergic to dairy, I can still eat it. That’s a lie, but key lime pie is just too good to pass up.