(Photo credit, Joan Marcus)
The Tony Nominated Actress was most recently seen as the darling Phoebe D'Ysquith in the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder'. She was kind enough to answer some questions for The Pickwyck & for a story written for the Rollins College newspaper 'The Sandspur' about social issues in theater.
What is your favorite style of music? I know you have a rock band and also sing on Broadway which some would say are drastically different. What do you feel when you perform these different characters?
How do you feel the social and emotional messages for women have changed in theater over time?
Reflect on a past or current costar who has given you invaluable acting advice.
What do you feel are the most important social messages that theater can convey to a modern audience?
From the female characters you have played, which one did you personally identify with most and why?
What are some of the strongest female costars you have worked with and why?
Do you feel that there is a "model" or expectation of what a female Broadway actress should look or sound like?
What were some difficulties you faced building your theatrical career?
What was the most valuable lesson you took from your college education?
What musical or part would you like to gender bend?
What musical would you like to see turned into a film and star in?
What is your weakness/something you would like to improve on, personally and professionally?
How do you deal with costars you dislike?
What is your earliest memory of theater or your first favorite musical?
How do you prepare yourself for your roles? What has been your most vigorous role to date?
How do you balance theater and home life? How are they alike or different?
What is the best advice you have received and what would wisdom would you like to impart to future performers?
If you could write a musical or play, what would it be about?
What is the best book/movie you have ever read/watched?
What has been your quintessential New York moment?
What was your worst/best audition?