Throughout my four-plus years in Washington DC, I have been in some way connected to Studio Theatre—if not as an apprentice, then as a student, full-time employee, and ultimately a teacher. I began my time at Studio as one of 12 apprentices, immersed in a year-long, real-world learning experience. As the Education Apprentice, I worked with Founding Artistic Director Joy Zinoman to facilitate the day-to-day needs of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. I had the pleasure of working with 20 astoundingly passionate and talented instructors and assisting 200 students every semester. Helping other aspiring artists and actors train and grow was hugely rewarding.
When my apprenticeship ended, I was delighted to be invited back to work for the Conservatory in a part-time position, which soon grew to the full-time role of Education Manager and led me to join the Conservatory’s faculty once I completed the curriculum. Working at Studio, and in particular with the Conservatory, I experienced firsthand the connective power of theatre—not only to tell stories, but also to bring people together. With this reflection, I decided to pursue my acting career full time. My education and relationships at Studio have made me a stronger and smarter actor than I was when I moved to DC. I have a better understanding of the business and where I fit in, and have amazing connections and support, something I could not have said a few years ago.
Studio Theatre, like many theatres in our nation, is undergoing a time of transition. With a renewed commitment to our values, the state of the current political climate, and the continued spirit of innovation we are known for, support from our community is as important as ever. My career in the DC area can be directly attributed to the education and opportunities I have received at Studio; Studio Theatre is Washington DC for me. I hope Studio and the Acting Conservatory continue to grow as one of the most respected, consistent, and community-oriented hubs for talent in the region.
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