By SPECIWOMEN Photography RUBY ROSE
"It’s impossible to act when there aren’t any roles being written for you."
Who are you?
My name is Georgia, I’m from NYC and am currently a senior in high school. I’m currently applying to college, where I want to major in Acting and minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
How did you get into theater?
I actually used to want to be a ballet dancer, which is pretty funny to think about now. Then, in my seventh grade English class we studied Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and we would have to act out specific scenes in front of the class. I was once called up to read for Abigail Williams, and that was the day I realized that acting was what I truly loved. That summer, I started studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where I continue to study. I’ve never looked back since.
As an actor, what has been the hardest role to mentally prepare yourself for?
I once played Anne Frank’s older sister, Margot, in a production of The Diary of Anne Frank. The first few times we read through the script, everyone read it if we were all acutely aware of what would, of course, happen to our characters at the end of the play. It was hard to realize that instead, the point was to portray the daily lives and struggles of the people forced into this horrible situation. This meant showing not only the bad side of everything, but also the determination and the hope that existed
What is the biggest misconception about the theater?
I think the biggest misconception about theatre is the belief that everything done onstage has to be over the top and larger than life. People often think that the main difference between acting for film and acting for the theatre is that everything has to be “bigger” onstage. To me, this simply means that stage actors need to be louder and occasionally have bigger movements, but that this idea of being “bigger” should not be applied to the emotional lives of the characters. On the contrary, I believe that the best theatre is done when the actors simply allow themselves to live truthfully in their given circumstances. There is no need to push for emotion, the most genuine performances are often the simplest ones.
Why theater over film?
I love both theatre and film a great deal, but I specifically love theatre for giving me the ability to always stay in the moment. There is something special about performing for a live audience and knowing that what you are doing is directly engaging and affecting that group of people. Theatre is truly more of a shared experience, and thrives off of connection. Every single performance will be slightly different and thus have a life of its own.
Do you prefer dramas or musicals? Why?
I prefer dramas, in great part because personally I’m a lot more comfortable simply acting than singing or dancing. I also like just being able to focus on my character without having to also worry about vocal harmonies and dance combinations at the same time, which can get very overwhelming very quickly. That being said, I love watching musicals as well!
What are your top three favorite shows?
My top three would have to be Fun Home by Lisa Kron (based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir), Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, and The Woolgatherer by William Matrosimone.
Are there any projects in the works?
I’m actually in between projects right now, so check back soon!
Where do you see yourself in three years?
In three years I hope to be studying in college and of course still acting.
As a woman in the theater world, what have been your biggest challenges thus far?
It’s been hard for me to accept that who I am as a person and the characters that I’d be able to play are often two very different things. Many of the roles written for women thrive off of stereotypes and gender roles, none of which I conform to in my own life. A lot of times women will be in shows simply to serve as the two-dimensional love interest for the three-dimensional male lead. This leads me to advocate for increased diversity in the theatre world. There need to be more shows with queer representation and representation for all minorities, as well as roles that simply portray women as real and complex human beings. It’s impossible to act when there aren’t any roles being written for you.