You might know Ali Stroker from The Glee Project, but did you know she will be making her well-deserved Broadway debut in Deaf West's revival of Spring Awakening this fall? In this interview, Ali discusses her love of the arts, her charity work and how her disability has only made her stronger. Make sure to catch Ali as Anna in Spring Awakening on Broadway!
How did you initially become interested in performing?
Growing up did you visit New York a lot to see Broadway shows?
I am just envisioning you leaping out of your chair onto the stage, I love it. You must've given so many people a heart attack! That's amazing.
Exactly! Going off of the topic of art, how did you feel when you were told you got the part in Spring Awakening?
It's just such an amazing show! Had you seen it prior to auditioning?
If you don't mind, let's chat about the Glee Project a little bit. What was that experience like for you as a performer?
I remember watching you do 'Popular' and I remember thinking, 'Man! I want her to be Glinda so bad!'
Theatre is constantly growing and they're constantly doing so many things, so I feel like in the near future there will be more roles that help with diversity!
Speaking of the power of representation, after you appeared on The Glee Project, and then on Glee, did you have a lot of people reach out to you and share their stories?
Talking about reaching out, you are involved in so many charitable organizations, it's crazy! Good for you. Could you tell us a little bit about some of them?
That's amazing! So, when you were in South Africa teaching, could you see yourself continuing to go back there?
Going off of that, what inspires you the most? What drives you to be the best you can be?
When you were in college, did you receive a piece of advice that you still hold dear to you today?
What would you say to someone who has a disability and thinks that they can't achieve their dreams?