2014 Best Student Actor: Zach Jones as Chip in The Boston Conservatory's "On the Town"

Although we have announced our 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award Winners, we continue our Nominee Interview Series. 

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Few performers "wow'd" us in 2014 like Zach Jones.  A rising senior at The Boston Conservatory, Zach has the triple threat with a side punch of a charming smile; a kick of an abundance of energy; and the love, respect, and work ethic to tackle any project.  His Chip in The Boston Conservatory's On the Town was a standout in a production that exceeded expectations, dancing, singing, and smiling into our hearts.  In his Interview, Zach explains conservatory life, his strong relationships with his co-stars in On the Town, and some of his guilty pleasures.

Photo by Julia Gannon

Photo by Julia Gannon

Hi, Zach, can you introduce yourself to our ArtsImpulse readers?  Who are you, where are you from, what is your performing background? 

Hello!  My name is Zach Jones and I am a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory!  Huzzah!  I hail from the west suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, where I grew up with my mother, Robyn, and two brothers, Austin and Sean.  My performance career began when I was five years old shortly after my older sister, Felicia, passed away.  Felicia was an all-star big sister and all-around wonderful young person.  She took piano lessons, played softball, danced at the park district, was a total bookworm, and really took care of my brothers and me in our early years of life. 

When she was 10 years old, she passed away from an acute pancreatitis.  At the annual dance recital that year, friends and families brought flowers, expressed their sentiments to my mother, and asked if “the boys” were going to start dancing.  Before she could say, “No…”, my brothers and I jumped and screamed, “Yes!”, and from that summer on, we were hooked.  After 13 years of dance (10 years being a part of the Aspire Dance Company), 9 years of choir, 7 years of theater, and 18 years of my life, I had no idea what the future would hold.  Or what I even wanted to do for the rest of my life.  For as much time as I dedicated to the performing arts, I had never considered pursuing dance, or theater professionally.  Then again, I had yet to really think about any career.  But I remember something one of my high school teachers told me.  She said to do something that filled me with passion.  To work hard at everything I do, but build my life on something I enjoy.  When I could not picture my life without performing, I knew I had made my decision to become an artist.  But I didn’t just want to dance.  I wanted to expand my person and abilities to be able to work and express myself in all the ways I love to.  After not being able to schedule an audition because they were all full, getting an audition at the last minute because someone cancelled, having a wonderful audition experience, and, two months later, I was accepted to The Boston Conservatory!  Huzzah, once more! 

And since then I’ve been a part of numerous Mainstage productions at the conservatory (On The Town, The Pajama Game, Oklahoma!, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar); senior director projects (The Wild Party, Peter Pan, Urinetown); and outreach/fundraising performances, such as Disney’s On The Record, Post Secret Cabaret, Miscast Cabaret, and our annual drag show!  I have had nothing but wonderful experiences at BoCo.  I have learned so much already and look forward to the school year to come!

How does The Boston Conservatory prepare you to play roles in new and old musicals and plays?  What is the training program like? 

The conservatory prepares you to do practically anything.  Seriously.  Our teachers provide us with solid acting, vocal, and dance technique to safely, intellectually, and artistically explore the widest range of material.  We study the history of theater, history of musical theater, Shakespeare, and modern drama to expand our vocabulary and expose us to an unlimited number of styles.  In addition to studying IPA and dialects, we work on a bunch of texts, monologues, and speeches ranging from Greek to Shakespeare and beyond. 

The most important thing we learn is who we are as artists and people.  The conservatory helps each student to develop a personal aesthetic.  Our program is about digging deep into yourself, finding the human you are, artist you aspire to be, and cultivating that. We are not a “cookie-cutter” program. We are individuals striving for personal excellence. It is through strong technique and personal exploration that we are able to breath new life into classical characters.

Walk us through a typical day for you.  Where do you go?  What do you do in Boston? 

The typical day entails waking up, falling asleep, and a heck of a lot of in between. Some days, class starts as early as 8am and finishes around 7pm.  From 7:30pm to 11pm, I am usually in rehearsals for a show or school project.  After that, I’ll meet with scene partners, hit a practice room, or head home, Rice Bowl in hand, slap on some Netflix, and pass out.  Attending the conservatory is highly demanding, exhausting, and hard work.  But it is all worth it to do what I love, with people I love, in a city I love, every day.

Who was your character in On the Town?  What is his story?  How did you make the role your own? 

I played John Offenblock, but the fellas called me Chip!  Chip is a rather kooky guy.  A U.S. sailor from Peoria, he’s a family man through and through, with the biggest heart in the world.  He is dedicated to his family, friends, and country, but, most of all, his guidebook.  His father was in New York in 1934 and brought back a guidebook for Chip full of all the restaurants, buildings, and parks there.  Chip became fascinated and infatuated with the city, hoping one day, if only for a moment, he could see its beauty in the flesh.  So how fortunate for him when their unit docks in NYC and he has 24 hours on shore to see all the famous sights! 

Chip schedules the entire day around visiting everything in the guidebook, an ambitious, nearly impossible task.  When Gabey wants to meet the gorgeous, one and only Miss Turnstiles, Ozzie convinces Chip to put his plans on hold and go find her.  After the three split up, Chip stumbles upon, or is stumbled upon by Hildy, a wild, sexy, NYC taxi driver.  She shows him the town in ways that no guidebook ever could, and not just because the guidebook is incredibly out of date.  She teaches him to let go and realize life isn’t about the places you see, but the people you see them with.  And sex.  Lots of passionate sex. 

One of my favorite parts of discovering Chip was creating the guidebook.  I researched all of the places that he mentions in the text and filled the book with information, pictures, and quirky facts.  Using a prop I worked so hard on dropped me right into the period of the show and the organized nature of Chip. 

Another component to making Chip my own was working so closely with Michelle Chassé, my director and choreographer.  Michelle is a fantastic leader and collaborator.  In choreographing On The Town, she allowed so much room for discovery, play, and personality.  The story and relationships were constantly evolving, and having that space to work was tremendously helpful.

Tell us about your relationship with Ozzie and Gabey, and the actors playing them.  How about with Hildy, played by 2014 ArtsImpulse Award Nominee for Best Student Actor Mimi Scardulla? 

Ozzie and Gabey are Chip’s two best friends.  He looks up to the both of them a great deal.  Ozzie’s confidence is something Chip looks for in himself, and Gabey’s strength and heart remind him so much of home.  Gabey saved Ozzie and Chip’s lives and that really unites the three of them as brothers.  From that moment on they would do anything for each other.  Which is so much of what Jordan Ford (Gabey), Cameron Herbst (Ozzie), and I found working together. 

Before every show, the three of us would go into a studio in our sailor under garments, play music from the ‘30s and ‘40s, and give ourselves a little bootcamp.  Pushups, crunches, planks… the whole shebang.  Jordan and Cam are bigger guys, so I would try to keep up, much like Chip would.  The dynamic between the three of us was so much like the three of the sailors that performing with them was an absolute pleasure each and every night. 

Photo by Eric Antoniou

Photo by Eric Antoniou

The exact same with MiMi Scardulla (Hildy)!  Chip and Hildy were instantly attracted to each other.  She is dangerous, wild, and not afraid to get what she wants.  Hildy makes Chip spontaneous and impulsive, and he tames her, not a lot, but enough to really share genuine moments of care and love.  The two complement each other very well.  MiMi was such a dream to work with.  Having just come off of Cloud 9 together, MiMi and I knew each other very well and clicked instantaneously.  She is such a wonderful, loving person and generous partner that working with her was easy as pie.  MiMi is bold and unafraid to take risks, which opened me up to new choices, as well!  Hildy would write Chip cute little love letters for each show, wishing him "safe travels" and telling him how much she loved and missed him and leave them in my dressing room.  Any guy would be lucky to have MiMi Scardulla as a partner, and I hope I get to work with her again in the future!

What are some of the roles on your bucket list?  What about some roles that you’d never play, but you’d want to nonetheless? 

Jack from Into The Woods, Bobby Strong in Urinetown, Jimmy Harper in Reefer Madness, and Bobby in Company.  I would also love to be Velma Kelly.  I’ll leave that on the bucket list.

What do you consider to be your performing strength?  Performing weakness?

From the moment I step on stage, I am the happiest man alive.  There is nothing I’d rather be doing than living and breathing song and dance, and connecting with an audience.  I find my joy and love for what I do to be my biggest strength. 

My weakness would definitely be self-judgment.  I love to perform, but I too often worry what others think.  In the worst instances, my fear inhibits my work and sucks the joy out of it for me.  Learning to let go of fear is something I continue to work on.

What are some of your guilty pleasures? 

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  Lost.  Long showers.  Dominos pizza.  Mango margaritas.  Always.

What are some of your goals for 2015?  What are some of your career goals? 

I look forward to soaking up every bit of my senior year.  I want to grow as much as I can in the final stretch before I graduate.  My ultimate goal is to provide young, aspiring artists opportunities to pursue their dreams.  My mother has worked so many jobs and sacrificed so much to provide for my brothers and me, and I hope my success will allow me to alleviate that stress for similar families.  The arts have played such an important part in my life and the lives of many, and I want to be there for the ones who need it.  I want to help people find their happiness the way that so many have helped me.

What is one movie, play, musical, or story that has left a lasting impression on you?  Why? 

My friends are totally going to make fun of me for this, but the ABC television series Lost is everything.  I’ve seen it a bunch of times.  The show is about a plane crash on a mysterious island and much more generally about journey, redemption, and letting go. It’s a universal story of personal struggle, self-discovery, and love.  The thing that resonated most on my first watch was the characters.  All people hurt.  All people are learning.  And you never know the kind of life that a person has lived.  It inspired me to strengthen the way that I treat and relate to people.  To always be kind, curious, and eager for life.  Plus, it has the best quotes!  “All we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us.”  I mean, come on!  “If we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone.” *cue tears running down my face.*  I highly recommend.

If I stole your iPod right now, what would be the “most listened to” song?  What would be the “last listened to” song? 

Ha!  My most listened to song would probably be Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk.”  I listen to it every time I travel.  The one time I didn’t, it started playing in the airport!  Don’t know why, it’s just one of those songs.  J 

And the last listened to song is “Belief” by Gavin DeGraw.  No fun story, I just like the song.

Photo by Eric Antoniou

Photo by Eric Antoniou

How would your best friend describe your personality?  How would your mom describe your personality? 

Oh, boy.  In three words or less:  Friendly, Goofy, and Big.  My mom would call me a Diva, and leave it at that!  But, actually, she would probably describe me as reliable, mature, and loving.

Do you have any upcoming projects or productions? 

This summer I will be working in St. Louis at The Muny in Hairspray running from June 23rd-June 30th, and Beauty and the Beast playing July 27th through August 7th!  Then, I am back in Boston welcoming the incoming class of BoCo students as an Orientation Leader and preparing for senior year.  After that, we shall see!  J

Do you have anything else to share with our ArtsImpulse readers?

On The Town was a dream, playing Chip an absolute joy, and both will live in my heart forever.  I thank you so much for this nomination, your time, and “We’ll catch up some other time!”

2014 Best Choreographer Nominee Interview: Michelle Chassé for The Boston Conservatory's "On the Town"

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Awards, we are proud to present our Nominee Interviews.

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Photo by Eli Akerstein

Photo by Eli Akerstein

Michelle Chassé transforms the next generation of Broadway performers each day in her classes and through her leadership at The Boston Conservatory.  Her brilliant guidance, sharp knowledge of dance and movement, and kind support was evident in her stunning choreography and direction for The Boston Conservatory's On the Town.  In her Interview, Michelle discusses her dance background and history; her love for On the Town and visual storytelling through dance; and some of her upcoming projects, including a program at The Boston Conservatory this summer!

Michelle, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I am the Chair of Musical Theater Dance and Resident Choreographer in the Theater Division at The Boston Conservatory. I live in the South End with my husband and our puppy, Ivy. I’ve traveled all over the country and the world, and I still find Boston to be one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities I’ve seen.

When did you start dancing? When did you know that you wanted to make theater and dance your life?

I started dancing at the age of 5, at the Gladys H. Rubin School of Dance in Maine, and, by the age of 12, I was studying ballet at the Boston Ballet and the School of American Ballet in New York City, the training program of the New York City Ballet. I earned my BFA in Dance Performance at The Boston Conservatory. I’ve always known that dance was going to be part of my life – the reason my parents took me to dance classes as a child was so that I would stop destroying furniture in the house by chainé-ing and chassé-ing into lamps and walls! I’ve always been more graceful in the studio and on the stage than walking down the street. As far as theater goes, I’ve always been very “theatrical.” As a kid, I would recall The Carol Burnett Show and recreate every scene to make my family laugh; Shakespeare started rolling my socks up and down in high school and still does today.

Why is dance important? What style(s) of dance speak strongly to you? What style(s) do you prefer to dance? To choreograph?

Dance is important because one single, simple gesture can transport an audience completely. In the context of theater, it can bear the great responsibility to advance plot wordlessly – it makes me a little crazy when people call it a “dance break,” because I see it as the “dance continuation of the story.”

Ballet has always spoken to me, as well as good old-fashioned theater dance in the style of Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly, Gower Champion, and so many others. Those happen to be my favorite styles to perform as well!

I enjoy the artistic challenge of choreographing within multiple styles, not just within the theater world – everything from concert dance and contemporary dance to commercial dance and theater dance.

Talk to us about On the Town. What is the musical about? How or why is dance important?

Photo by Eric Antoniou

Photo by Eric Antoniou

On the Town, beyond the story of three sailors looking for love and adventure on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City, is about people looking for themselves by experiencing the same place in very different ways. It’s about friendship and dedication, not only to each other but to service and their country. For example, the main character Gabey rescued his friends and fellow servicemen, Chip and Ozzie, from certain death by drowning (‘the drink’) at some point prior to the musical’s action, and, in a subtle but powerful way, that sense of gratitude and indebtedness informs so much of those characters’ relationships.

It’s also one punchline after another, a silly, playful romp these three young men take through one of the great cities of the world. Along the way they meet three strong, vibrant, modern women, and the various entanglements around the six of them getting to know each other form the bulk of the musical’s plot.

For one thing, there is a gigantic amount of dance in this show! So much of it, though, far from being merely decorative, stands alone without dialogue to deepen our understanding of these characters and to advance the narrative with great power and beauty. Not all musicals provide such a window into the mind of their characters through dance.

“The Times Square Ballet” at the end of Act I takes us on the sailors’ journey with them, as they explore the sights and sounds of New York City, sometimes taking a right turn into a wrong neighborhood. By contrast, the way I chose to choreograph the “Dream Coney Island Ballet” towards the end of Act II shows us Gabey’s struggle to feel at home on land, and his struggle between his sense of duty and finding love.

Have you seen the Broadway production? Will you? Why do you think the musical is being revived now?

I haven’t seen the Broadway production that opened at the same time as our On the Town at the BoCo, but I did see the Barrington Stage production in the summer of 2013 that featured much of the same cast and creative team, including BoCo alum Alysha Umphress as Hildy. As to why it’s being revived, I think that American audiences are hungry for a musical that incorporates various kinds of storytelling. And who doesn’t love Bernstein’s score?

What are some of the joys of working with student performers? What are some of the challenges? How do you think that the BoCo students are setting themselves apart?

Student performers are willing to try anything. They tend to be fearless in their creativity and they also have lots of energy! They tend also to be spread very thin on account of their class schedules, and sometimes lots of energy can make rehearsals pretty noisy. And, of course, many young people have not experienced so many of the life events that bring great depth and character to a mature artist’s performance and presentation. While every theater program aspires to train true “triple threats,” I feel that the BoCo students really reach astonishing heights of achievement in the three disciplines of singing, acting, and dancing, and their work ethic is beyond compare.

Do you ever perform? Are there any roles that you would want to perform?

Not as much as I used to, but I miss it! The Girl in the Yellow Dress from Susan Stroman’s Contact is definitely a role I would love to perform.

What is your favorite movie? Why? If you could change anything about it, what would it be? Would you want a sequel? Why or why not?

My favorite movie is Jean De Florette because it absolutely rips your heart out of your chest. I would not change a single thing about it! (OK, maybe I would add a warning to have tissues at the ready.) As it happens, there already is a sequel, Manon Des Sources.

Photo by Eric Antoniou

Photo by Eric Antoniou

What is your biggest pet peeve as a director? As a choreographer? As a person?

As a director, my biggest pet peeve is when things don’t happen on time or people are unprepared. No matter what the rehearsal process is or what it’s for, you never ever have enough rehearsal time, so to have to waste time waiting for anything – props, people not being prepared, whatever – really grinds my gears.

It’s really about the same as a choreographer! I need my dancers to show up on time (preferably early), be prepared, be respectful, and be ready for us to make the absolute most of the time we have together.

As a person, my biggest pet peeve is people that are unaware of other people. I’m peeved by people who let doors slam in front of the person behind them, or cut in front of you in line, or any other of a whole list of self-centered behaviors that unfortunately we all see every single day.

Do you have any upcoming projects or productions?

I’m currently working on the Boston’s Gay Men Chorus production Smile, their 30th anniversary celebration performance which also coincides with their annual Pride concert. I’m providing stage direction and choreography for the performances, which will take place at historic Symphony Hall. In the fall, I will be choreographing Threepenny Opera at the BoCo.

Do you have anything else that you would like to share with our ArtsImpulse readers?

I’m the director of a summer program at the BoCo called the Musical Theater Dance Intensive, a three-week immersion experience with faculty, consisting of BoCo theater alumni as well as current Theater Division faculty. Please check out www.bostonconservatory.edu/extension-programs/ for more information!

2014 Best Student Actress Nominee Interview: MiMi Scardulla as Hildy Esterhazy in The Boston Conservatory's "On the Town"

Photo by Heidi Bowers Photography

Photo by Heidi Bowers Photography

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Awards, we are proud to present our Nominee Interviews.

NOTE: If you or your production was nominated for a 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award, and you would like to participate in a Nominee Interview, please email us here.

MiMi Scardulla is a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory, but you should say that you knew her when. With an impressive command of the stage and a thrilling mix of acting, singing, and dancing talents, MiMi was an immense pleasure to watch in the giddy production of On the Town as madcap but lonely Hildy Esterhazy.  Her talents and commitment remind us why we choose to review university students, and encourage us to continue to recommend such rising stars.  In her Interview, MiMi discusses how The Boston Conservatory is helping her achieve her goals and dreams, her favorite parts of On the Town, and some of the roles on her Miscast! list. 

Hi, MiMi. So wonderful to speak with you. Can you start by telling our readers a little bit about yourself?

Well, I am a rising senior at the Boston Conservatory. I grew up in the small town of Hammond, Louisiana. I’ve been doing theatre since I was five years old, and I knew the stage is where I was meant to be when I was cast as a butterfly in The Sleeping Beauty.

I really owe my career to my sister. So, thank you, Annie, for being an awesome big sister and dancing and doing theatre because, if I didn’t want to be just like you, I probably would’ve never entered the crazy world of show business. From that little butterfly to making my New York debut this year in an Off-Broadway Lab, I have loved every second of being an actor. 

How did you end up at The Boston Conservatory?  What made you choose Boston?  Where do you hope to go and do after graduation?

I owe ending up at The Boston Conservatory to Dave Clemmons. He was my college advisor and, at first, I did not want to audition for the Conservatory. However, Dave insisted and I, of course, listened. On a snowy day at Chicago Unified auditions, I walked into a dance call with Michelle Chassé. Two hours later, BoCo was my number one choice, and I remember telling my mom: “If I get in here, there is no question, I am definitely going!”

Michelle Chassé, my director for On The Town, was the reason that I chose The Boston Conservatory. That dance call in Chicago never felt like an audition. It felt like two hours of absolute fun. Michelle not only challenged me, but connected with my personally, which helped me perform at my best. She wasn’t only auditioning us, but already teaching. I thought to myself: “This is the kind of person who could bring my performing to the next level.” And Michelle has most definitely done that tenfold.

I hope to move to New York after graduation and pursue the dream. I want to kick-ball-change up on that stage as long as everyone will let me, but I’m also an aspiring choreographer and I would love to pursue that as a career path as well. Way down the road, I wish to move back to Louisiana and open up an arts school for children and teens.

Talk to us about your training.  What is a conservatory program like?  What classes do you take?  What is a typical day for you?

A conservatory program is very challenging. A typical day for me last from about 9am to 7pm, and, if I’m in a show, we go ‘til 11pm. As crazy as that sounds, I love it. I get to do what I love all day! The challenging schedule truly prepares you for the reality of the business. I even say I feel over prepared because, on top of my performance-based classes, I have theatre history courses and other liberal arts classes to keep up with.

A typical day for me is as follows:

9:30 Voice Lesson/ 10:30 Musical Theatre / 12:30 Voice and Speech Dialects Training/ 2:00 Music Theory/ Ballet or Jazz 4:00/ 5:30 Liberal Arts Course

Who was Hildy?  What is her story?  What does she want?

Hildy was a sassy cab driver who gets what she wants no matter what. I absolutely love her. I love how she is so impulsive; I always said: “She says and does everything I don’t have the guts to say and do.” She is a New Yorker through and through. She knows the city like the back of her hand and she loves the city as if it were part of her family. She drives her cab looking for adventure and a good time and can’t seem to stay awake on the job.

However, she sure wakes up when Chip walks by and the rest is history.  The two of them are a match made in heaven. She brings out Chip’s wild side and Chip calms her down a bit. Chip is what she wants. Not exactly him, but I think Hildy wants someone to share her life with someone to last more than one night. She wants someone who can tame her!

What was your favorite part of On the Town?  What was the most challenging?

My favorite part of On The Town was “You Got Me.” The five of us in that number (Chip, myself, Ozzie, Claire, and Gabey) became such good friends during the rehearsal process that when we got to that moment in the show it was a pure celebration of friendship. I’ll never forget the energy I felt on stage during that number every night.

The most challenging thing for me was rooting Hildy in reality. She is a crazy character, but it was important for me to not make her a caricature. So, I developed very clear intentions and wants throughout her storyline so I didn’t fall into the trap of just trying to be funny. Also, Chip (Zach Jones) and I really focused on making each time we met on stage feel like it was happening for the first time. That was not too hard considering he is one of my best friends.

Why do you think that On the Town was revived on Broadway?  Had you seen the show before?

I think On the Town was revived because a few reasons. First, it is a beautiful marriage of music, song, and dance. Second, it is a love letter to New York City, celebrating all the amazing things that the city still offers to this day. Third, it is, as they bill it on Broadway, “a helluva good time!”

I have been lucky enough to see you act in a play and in a musical.  Which do you consider to be your strongest attribute, singing, acting, or dancing? Why?  What do you think is your weakest?

I always think this is the hardest question to answer. I believe that I am pretty good at doing all three at the same time. My strength is performing and, when I’m on stage, I’m trying my hardest to create a marriage between the three.

I believe where I have room to grow is in my dramatic acting. Comedy has always come easy to be, being the big goofball that I am! Dramatic acting is a skill that The Boston Conservatory has definitely helped me hone and, moving into my senior year, I will be focusing on my attention on that in an acting emphasis.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?  Why?

To read people’s minds. I am such a snoop. My friends say that in another life I was a secret agent because I like to know what’s happening at all times. Reading minds would make that much easier and make me the coolest super spy ever!!

What is your favorite movie?  Favorite musical and/or play?

My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing! I’ve been watching it since I was a little girl and I can perform all of the choreography on command. My favorite musical is Sunday in the Park with George. To me, nothing beats that score; I think it one of Sondheim’s most beautiful scores. 

Photo by Eric Antoniou

Photo by Eric Antoniou

Miscast! What are some roles that you could never conventionally play (because of age, race, gender, or other restrictions), but you’d want to play anyway?

I LOVE THIS QUESTION. I’ll just list them! Effie White (Dreamgirls), George (Sunday in the Park with George), Carol King (Beautiful), Benny (In the Heights), Frankie Valli (Jersey Boys), Girl in the Yellow Dress (Contact), and I could keep going, but I won’t!

Do you have any goals for 2015? For after graduation?

To stay focused and stay calm as I go through the year preparing to showcase in New York and graduate.

My friends and I are also working hard to found a Non-profit theatre company with a focus on getting children involved in theatre for no cost. So, be on the lookout for that!

Do you have any upcoming projects or productions?

Well, I hope to be cast in the great shows that we’ll be doing next season. For sure next year at Boston Conservatory, I will Directing/Choreographing Shrek the Musical on October 23 and 24.  I'll also be in Charles Mee's Big Love in the fall. I’ll also be choreographing Aida in the spring. There are a lot of exciting things happening senior year!!

Do you have anything else to share with our ArtsImpulse readers?

Just a big giant thank you for this nomination. Hildy is a role that I would love to play again someday, and the fact that y’all fell in love with her like I did means so much to me. Also, thank you for supporting The Boston Conservatory Theatre Program. We are so thankful to have such an enthusiastic community.