Graduate degree(s): I seriously considered going back for my MFA in Acting, though I didn't particularly want to teach. I did the URTA auditions a couple of times and even took the GREs, which I did not score too hot on!
Favorite class(es): Scene Study, European History, Women in Television
Moving from college to career:
I graduated in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin, moved to New York City three months later, did a year-long acting conservatory at Michael Howard Studios, worked multiple odd jobs, auditioned, got a receptionist gig at New World Stages, and became the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of On the Square Productions (which went on to produce 7 mainstage shows). Meanwhile I was working my way up to Office Manager of New World Stages. I then became Executive Assistant to the Producer of Stage Entertainment, and worked under her on Sister Act: The Musical. After that, I was Company Manager of the Gazillion Bubble Show, the Programming Manager of New World Stages, and then got my new job at 59E59 Theaters as Associate Producer.
I sort of fell into theater administration. I had gone to acting school in New York City after I graduated, went out into the audition circuit, and didn't fully like the whole process. I don't think anyone does really. I just didn't like the artificiality of it, but it IS a crucial part of being an actor! So I got a job as a receptionist at an Off Broadway theater and just kept working my way up. During all of this, I also had my own theater company with a dear friend of mine, that just came to a close this summer. That sort of tickled our creative bones when we weren't doing something artistically fulfilling. It also became a huge networking tool for both of us! We got some real-world experience with On the Square Productions, and it's something my partner and I are both incredibly proud of. I also had the wonderful opportunity to work with a producer named Beverley Mac Keen. She taught me so much about creative collaboration, and how to develop a project. In almost any tricky situation, I'll ask myself, what would she do?!