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Su Thomas Hendrickson is another one of our next generation performers to watch as her star rises! She is just a senior at NYU’s CAP21 program, but already she has been winning audiences and critics over with her fine acting skills and powerful vocals including Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster. She was most recently seen in Tisch’s production of “Nine” and TNT’s “The Cradle Will Rock.” At midnight, on December 11, Su will be showcasing her vocals along with her fellow Tisch Drama Students, in “Crazy For Gershwin” at Joe’s Pub, under the direction of Sutton Foster.

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Annie was the first show I saw on Broadway, and in the song “NYC” there’s “A Star To Be” solo which was sung by Sutton Foster at the time and the second I heard that part of the song, I knew that doing musical theatre had to be my life. I knew that it was my calling.

2. What’s the highest and lowest note you can sing? I don’t really know. I really try to hit all of them. I think I can sing lower than I actually can. In “Nine,” the lowest note I sang was E or F below middle C. As for the highest note, I don’t know, but I know I sing high enough.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Besides Meryl Streep, I’d love to work with my best friend, Trent Creswell, who is a playwright. He’s up at Sarah Lawrence right now and he’s incredible. He was at a writing fellowship this summer at Edward Albee’s barn in Montauk and I would love to collaborate with him on a show. I think that’s really my dream.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? I have received a lot of advice along the way…one is from my high school improv teacher and every morning before we start, he would say “Jump In.” I say that to myself all the time in many different circumstances. I’m a naturally shy person, so if I just tell myself to “jump in” then I can figure it out from there. At CAP21, their motto there is “You are enough,” which I think is just beautiful and very helpful because it’s so easy to try to wanna be something else or try to be a better version of yourself, but you are the best version of yourself, you are enough. I just think that is beautiful.

5. Favorite place to rehearse on your own? Rehearsing singing, I like to get my note and then hop in the shower because I feel like my bathroom is pretty sound proof. If I’m running lines or lyrics, I used to rehearse with scene partners in Central Park or on the street places. Public places help me know how I would behave in public and it gives me a good spectrum of how to behave.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? We don’t have Dunkin’ Donuts in the South, so I’ve always sort of been a Starbucks person, but the longer I’ve been in New York, and by longer I mean the past 3 1/2 years, the longer my order has gotten. It went from being “Just a cup of coffee, thanks” to “Triple Grande Soy White Mocha.”

7. Favorite skin care product? Water. I’m not really a fussy kind of person.

8. Favorite kind of shoes? On or not on…hahaha…any kind of flats. I don’t really like heels, I like being close to the ground.

9. Favorite website? Your blog…hahaha…it’s xkcd.com. It’s a comic strip that is so smart. The guy that does it, used to work for NASA and he’s just this young, smart, and funny guy.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I’m gonna have to go with Batman because I’ve never been much of a feminist and Superman kind of freaks me out…I mean, glasses, what kind of a disguise is that? Or Robin…he’s really cute. He’s just a kid that really wants impress somebody that he respects and he wants to do good and I like that about Robin. He’s going places.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’m gonna say Erik Satie or Mozart because I’ve always had this “Back To The Future” kind of fantasy where I learn their entire canon and then go back to the past and play it for them and they’re like you’re a genius, come be my mistress. I feel the same way about Claude Monet, except I can’t really play him his paintings and I can’t really duplicate them and say “Look at this, you should do one.”

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I think everyone knows my strange and unusual talents, but I can close/plug up my nose.

13. Favorite way to stay in shape? I like to go to “Yoga to the People” and I like to jog in the real world, but what I’ve been doing lately is going to this thing called “Boogie Box” with my “Nine” costar Gillian Munsayac who played “Carla.” “Boogie Box” is like an aerobic dance class that is a combination between kick boxing and latin dancing. It’s basically an hour of non-stop jumping around, kickboxing, and dancing, with maybe 2 minutes of break and it’s so intense. It’s the kind of thing you think you are going to pass out 3/4 of the way in and then you do pass out, but you’ve realized you’ve done the whole thing. If you are familiar with “Zumba” it’s like “Zumba” on crack.

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A two-year recipient of the Fezana Performing Arts Award, Farah Bala is another performer on the rise! She just completed a triumphant run in “Tales From The Tunnel,” playing multiple characters and nationalities to perfection (Farah was captivating as she embodied each character she was playing). Her one woman show “To The Death of My Own Family,” has toured both stateside and internationally. Her other theatre credits include “Macbeth,” “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “167 Tongues,” “Letters to Baghdad,” and “Fear Up.” On television and in film, Farah has lit up the screen in “Entre Nos,” “The War Within,” (Independent Spirit Award Nominee), “Karma, Confessions and Holi,” and has been seen in a number of TV Series on the South Asian Channel, HUM TV.

When not performing, Farah can be found bringing her expertise and experience to the classroom. Over the past 10 years Farah has designed, developed, and facilitated workshops in the NYC Public schools through various arts organizations, specializing in programs such as Drama Therapy, Violence Prevention, Literacy and Playwrighting, and most recently, bringing Shakespeare into the classroom!

Up next, Farah will be starring in “Around The World In 80 Days” directed by Aaron Posner at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware from December 1-19. For much more on Farah be sure to visit http://www.farahbala.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? That would be my brother. I grew up watching him star in his annual school plays in Bombay and remember looking at the mirror the next day imagining I was on that stage! My mother has this great story of when I was a kid and we would watch movies or TV shows at home, she says it was always more entertaining watching me coz I would be so involved emotionally that my facial expressions were more interesting than what was happening on screen.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Oh gosh, where do I start? Its hard to pick just one. I’d love to work with Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi, two amazingly talented Indian actors who I grew up watching on stage and on screen. And I’d probably freeze and become completely immobile, but it would still be worth doing something with Meryl Streep.

3. Do you have any rituals that you must perform before a show? Hmm, I don’t know if its a ritual, but I do like some quiet time to run through the show in my head. It also helps to do some light stretching and a good vocal warm up. How do you decompress after a show? After a show it really depends . . . During the run of ‘Tales . . .’ I noticed I was always starving after every show, so a big meal was essential! Sometimes a drink with the cast and friends is the perfect end, and then there are times when all I want to do is go home and read or watch TV.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Put an American, an Indian, and a British person in front of me and I will have a conversation with them and switch accents according to who I’m talking to. Its crazy and most often I’m not even conscious of it. People point it out to me. Carla Corvo, who is also in Tales From The Tunnel says my accent is a rainbow!

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Neither. I’ll be at the cute corner coffee shop that has the most delicious cupcakes! I don’t drink caffeine but my sweet tooth is TROUBLE!

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? In my ideal world, the best way would be to dance the nights away to my favorite tunes. In the real world I enjoy yoga, spinning and what I call ‘The Laine Workouts’ – Laine D’Souza is a dear friend and also the best trainer EVER.

7. Favorite skin care product? Philosophy has some divine body emulsions!

8. Favorite kind of shoes? The kind that are 3 inches or higher! Farah in a shoe store is like a kid in a candy store!

9. Favorite website? I absolutely love www.radioparadise.com. Its an online radio site with a live DJ and awesome mixes all day long.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I would love to be in the same room as some of the kids I’ve taught over the years, and see if the miniscule time we spent in their lives exposing them to the arts and the theater, has had an impact on who they are today, and has shaped what they will become.

12. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? There have been many, but as an artist, this one resonates with me the most – “Go after your dream, but don’t forget to live life to the fullest and in the present moment.”

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Cast of “Look Back In Anger”

According to press notes, “Look Back In Anger” is a ground-breaking story of a working class hero fighting for his wife’s love. Jimmy Porter is angry. Overeducated and underemployed, he is stuck in a dead-end job. His wife won’t talk to him. His best friend is always by her side. When her upper-crust friend shows up unexpectedly, Jimmy reaches the breaking point. Come see this savage tale of class conflict-battled in the bedroom.

“Look Back In Anger” plays at ATA’s Sargent Theatre (314 WEst 54th Street, 4th Floor) from October 13-30. Click here, for tickets!

Reesa Graham (Director)

In addition to being the director of “Look Back In Anger,” Reesa Graham is also the Seeing Place’s Literary Manager. Her New York directing credits include “Waiting for Lefty” (The Seeing Place), “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “Cymbeline” (BareShakespeare). Regionally her credits include “Woolgatherer,” “Oleanna,” “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged,” and “Triptych” (Get the Gun Productions). Reesa has studied with as Jose Quintero, Marshall Mason, and the legendary Landford Wilson whom Reesa worked closely with at the Albee New Playwrights Festival.

1. Who inspired you to become a director? Wow – who inspired me to become a director?  That’s a longish answer. The reality is that when I was 6 years old, my mother took me to see a children’s theater production of Beauty and the Beast (my favorite fairy tale) and that was it. I knew at that moment I wanted to be the one who told the stories, like those people on stage, to become a character in a story and get to tell it – how amazing was that? And I really never looked back.  When I hit high school, I was still in theater, by that point I was involved in my school theater, a local children’s theater company, and a local adult theater company (yes, it’s true, at any given point in my high school career I was in 1-4 shows at a time) – but I was still acting. Then fate took over. I was extraordinarily lucky enough to be blessed with a high school director who never treated us as kids. We learned about Stanislavsky, and Chekhov and the Group theater, and…Blake Newman, who owned a local theater in Houston, always pushed us to be the best we could – and he saw in me something different than an actor.  He asked me to AD for him, so I did. Then something weird happened.  I fell into directing for a class project. And I HATED it – swore I would never do it again. But a few years later, a theater company I had worked with for many years came to me and said – our director just bailed – we have 2 choices, you either direct this show, or the show isn’t happening. So I did it.  And I never looked back.  From that point on I loved it! I got to tell the whole story, not just one piece of it. Overtime, I have been allowed to work with some AMAZING directors – Jose Quantro an Marshall Mason – as well as playwright Landford Wilson, and they have all agreed I am a director, not an actor – and today, I couldn’t agree more!

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Famous or not famous?  For famous – Gary Oldman or Eddie Izzard or David Tennant. I think all three men do amazing work, and they are all super smart! Just the kind of people I would LOVE to work with.  Beyond that – I have a weakness for new plays, and there are a ton of new playwright friends who’s work I would LOVE to put on, including Daryl Banner (who’s books are out on Amazon now), Jill Summerville and Michael Menedez. These are newnew playwrights who’s work I love!

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Marshall Mason once told me: “Don’t quit what your doing – the world needs us.” And Landford once said: “Move to NYC when your young and stupid enough to stay up all night, but old enough to not be taken advantage of.”  I think I hit that mark 🙂  Also, Journey once said “Don’t stop believing.”

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I actually had a pretty amazing dream the other night. I dreamed I was in rehearsals for a new Chekhov show with Stanislavsky directing. I had another once that was the same, but I was watching a Shakespeare rehearsal – I dream about theater a lot…

5. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? Honestly, and people who know me well know this. I take a nap before rehearsals and performances. Not a long one, just 10-15 minutes. But I have to shut my brain down from my day and restart it focused on the show. The closer to go time I can do this, the better off I am – it means I’ve learned to sleep in rehearsal halls, theaters and dressing rooms 🙂

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent nobody knows about? Erm… no actually. I am pretty open. My best friend calls me the most open closed person she knows. Because I never hesitate to tell someone something that they have asked or something I think might help them. It means I have very few things in my life that no one knows about. And what little there is, facebook and twitter have taken away 🙂

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Neither really. I’m not much of a coffee drinker, and also, I don’t like Dunkin’ Donuts donuts. (I grew up in Texas where we have this AMAZING donut chain called Shipley’s. They are so much better than DD that I can’t even compare them!)

8. Favorite skin care product? Why do we get the boring question?  Ok, erm…I like smelly good stuffs – preferably things that make me want to eat myself – like vanilla or creme brulee or angel food cake…

9. Favorite website? Let’s see – either lolcats or facebook. I play the worlds most addicting and stupid facebook game called Egg Breaker, where I break eggs with hammers…It’s kind of a secret – but I LOVE it!

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman – duh, who doesn’t want an invisible plane?

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite meal? Wow, that’s loaded – what day is it? Let’s see – Sushi – or a good steak – or a nice salad – or hummus and pita – or…anyway you slice it though, it HAS to have a GREAT dessert after it!  I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth! 🙂

12. Favorite hobby? Irish Dance. I need to get back into it. I was, for many years, a competitive Irish Dancer. And I loved it!  Anytime I go back to visit Texas, I got back to my old school for a class. I need to find a school here! 🙂

Keenan Caldwell (Helena Charles)

Irene Award Nominee, Keenan Caldwell is a rising actress whose New York credits include “Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner?” (Intravenous Theatre) and “Wild Dogs (Maieutic Theatre Works). Regionally, Keenan has been seen in “Sunday in the Park with George” and “South Pacific” (Heritage Rep), “Secret Garden” and “Outward Bound” (Dogwood Dell), “Waiting for the Parade” and “Cloud 9” (Helms Theatre-Irene Award Nominee), “Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Culbreath Theatre), “Nina in the Morning” and “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little” (Virginia Theatre Lab), “Wit” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Spectrum Theatre).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Mikhail Baryshnikov. When I was a little girl I believed with 100% certainty that I was going to be the greatest ballerina in the world when I grew up. It’s clearly still a work in progress.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Sheesh, only one?  Well, obviously Meryl Streep, but there are about a million runners-up.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Never be afraid to fail.” I struggle with that every minute of every day. Second-best advice: “Keenan, you really ought to buy an ice-cream maker.”

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep who would it be? Alexander Skarsgard. Easy.

5. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? It absolutely depends on the day and the performance, although remembering to go to the bathroom is crucial. I stretch a lot, listen to music, and do some vocal warm-ups. If there’s a lot of time between curtain and my entrance, I have to work a little harder to stay focused and keep my energy up.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Hm. I really don’t think I do. Lame. Let’s go with “splitting the atom.”

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. I don’t go often, but I usually get a decaf latte or cappuccino with an extra shot.

8. Favorite skin care product? Sunscreen. Although I have some perfume I bought when I went to Paris for the first time last year. That’s really the only product I use that has any sort of sentimental value.

9. Favorite website? gofugyourself.com. The King Arthur Flour website is also a good time.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, dur.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite meal? Food I had in Paris with my sister: steak tartare, frites, salade lyonnaise, and ile flottante.

12. Favorite hobby? Baking and ballet. The one does not help the other.

Rick Delaney (Colonel Redfern)

Rick Delaney is also a rising actor who’s New York credits include “Tombstone,” “Comedy of Errors,” and “Merchant of Venice” (Inwood), “Scenes from the SI Ferry” and “Flies in the Snuffbox” (MITF), and “2 on the Aisle, 2 in a Van” (NYC Fringe, along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Natacia Diaz). Regionally, Rick has been seen in “The Price” (12 Miles West), “The Mystery of Irma Vep” and “Laramie Project Epilogue” (Dreamcatcher Rep), “Ruby Sunrise,” “Omnium Gatherum,” “Psycho Beach Party,” and “Fully Committed” (Theater Project).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My brother, although he has never been a performer himself. He worked on a play in high school and I admired him so much I wanted to do that too.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Cherry Jones, but I’d be terribly intimidated.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “At some point, all plays open”–which is another way of saying that, no matter how traumatic the rehearsal period, it is finite. Of course, I have since learned that, indeed, all plays do not open. But the second part of the advice is still true: “…and all plays close”.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I can dream about anyone, so this really isn’t applicable. I frequently have movie dreams, with well defined plots. One was a musical. Some are in Black and White. One was a Silent Movie with Title cards. And I frequently have Guest Stars. I think my favorite was Ethel Waters in a ’40’s film noir set in the swamps of Louisiana. She sang a song in a juke joint.

5. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a performance? No regular rituals for all shows–but I warm-up differently, depending on the show. How do you decompress after a show? I always eat!

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can ask someone where the bathroom is in Dutch.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? Dunkin’ Donuts. What do you order? Apple Fritter.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

9. Favorite website? Slate Magazine.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite meal? Thanksgiving Turkey and all the trimmings.

12. Favorite hobby? Sitting in a window, reading a book.

Adam Reich (Cliff Lewis)

Adam Reich is rising as well with such New York credits as “The Tempest” (The Public), “Fools In Love” (BAM Harvey Theater), “Miss Julie” (Cherry Lane), “High School Musical” (New World Stages), “Four Dogs and a Bone” (La Flamboyan), “The Secret of Our Souls (Minetta Lane), “La Ronde,” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” (Manhattan Theatre Source), “Talk Therapy” (Abingdon), “Sheep’s Milk on the Boil” (Irish Arts), and “Waiting for Lefty” (The Seeing Place). For more on Adam, be sure to visit http://www.adamreich.net.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I think I’ve been doing this so long, I can’t remember any one person being the sole source of inspiration. But my old teacher Dwight Protho gave me a tremendous amount of encouragement at an age and time when I really needed it.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Ingmar Bergman dammit!  But I guess if you want someone more alive, I suppose Liv Ullman will have to do.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Never give up!  Never surrender!”

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Dead loved ones.

5. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a performance? Relax in order to concentrate. How do you decompress after a show? Concentrate on relaxing.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Nothing particularly strange, but I do find each person’s talent to be unique and therefore unusual.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Are you kidding? Starbucks! Dunkin’ Donuts is dry, nasty crap. At least on the West Coast, no one company has a donut monopoly, so the competing Mom-and-Pop companies make some decent donuts.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers, briefs, and boxer briefs.

9. Favorite website? www.adamreich.net 🙂

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superduperman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite meal? Breakfast.

12. Favorite hobby? Tending to my tropical fish.

Anna Marie Sell (Alison Porter)

From behind the curtain as The Seeing Place’s Associate Artistic Director to on stage entertaining, Anna Marie is a performer to watch. In New York, Anna has been seen in “Waiting for Lefty” and “The Credeaux” (The Seeing Place), “The Tamer Tamed” (Misfit Toys), “Timor Mortis” (Conflict of Interest), “Bathory: A New Musical” (D3 Productions), and “Merchant of Venice” (Inwood Shakespeare). Regional audiences have seen Anna in “Cyrano de Bergerac” (ASC), “Sound of Music” and “Pippin” (Cumberland Theater), “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” “Nunsense Jamboree,” and “Shadow of the Raven” (Wayside), “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Anne of Green Gables,” “Henry V,” and “Alice in Wonderland” (Barter).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I have no idea. I’m gonna say: my parents. They always have made me believe that I could do whatever I wanted, have shared stories and literature and art with me since I was a little girl – and they never complained about driving me to auditions and rehearsals. They still come see every show.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I would really like to play a scene with my roommate Lilli. We’ve been in shows together, but somehow have never really gotten to act together.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “You are enough.” I still have trouble following it.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My own personal masseuse.

5. Do you have any rituals you must do before a performance? I like to eat the greek yogurt from Starbucks before I get to the theater.Once I’m there, doing my hair & make up is actually a big part of getting ready for me – both physically and spiritually. I also like to have a minute to just hang out in the theater by myself before things get going. How do you decompress after a show? Afterward, my favorite way to decompress is with a glass of whiskey at a quiet bar.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? No.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Whichever is closer! Starbucks Anniversary Blend Coffee. Dunkin Donuts Double Chocolate or Cream-Filled Donuts.

8. Favorite skin care product? “One” Vanilla Almond Custard Lotion. It was a gift from my sister and it’s amazing.

9. Favorite website? Yahoo Maps.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite meal? Thanksgiving Dinner.

12. Favorite hobby? Learning to cook a multiple-dish dinner so that everything comes out at the same time.

Brandon Walker (Jimmy Porter)

Brandon Walker is an actor and the Founding Artistic Director of The Seeing Place Theater, a relatively new theatre company. According to their mission statement, The Seeing Place is a base for disciplined artists to develop theater they all want to believe in. They are working to create a pure ensemble, committed to forceful storytelling that discovers and expresses real behavior in this day and age. As an actor, Brandon has starred in “Waiting for Lefty,” “The Credeaux Canvas,” and “When We Have Gone Astray” (The Seeing Place), “West of the 5” (La Jolla Playhouse), “Androcles and the Lion” (Old Globe), “And A Nightingale Sang” (Barnstormers), “Moon for the Misbegotten” (North Coast Rep), “Christmas Carol” (Sierra Rep), “Two Gentleman of Verona” and “Playboy of the Western World” (New Village Arts), “Marat/Sade” (ion Theater), “Dog Act” (Moxie Theatre), “This Is Our Youth” (Life Out Loud), “Hamlet,” “Richard III,” and “Romeo and Juliet” (Poor Players).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? In order:  Mrs. Grimes (my 5th grade teacher), Blair Hambuechen (my high school drama teacher), Christine Carr (my second high school drama teacher), Jonathan Sachs (an actor in San Diego, who didn’t care if he was upstaged), Eve Gross (my first heartbreak – tried way too hard to impress her), Richard Baird (my surrogate brother), Albert Finney, Alex Cahill (the best artist I know), The Ledford Family (a surrogate family of mine), Billy Crudup, Edward Norton, Hank Jordan (my passionate theater history teacher), Rachael Van Wormer (my Juliet and ex-girlfriend, who I competed with way too much), Matt Scott (an extremely talented actor in San Diego, who I idolized for a short time), Francis Gercke (my first acting teacher and the first person who I felt believed in my abilities – also, the best director ever), Cameron Folmar (the best Leontes I’ve ever seen), Erin Cronican (who thinks I’m good at Shakespeare), Kenneth Lonergan, Mark Ruffalo, Keith Reay (the best person I’ve ever known), Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling, Matt Daemon, David Gideon (my second acting teacher, and the only person who is harder on me than I am), Lee Strasberg (my teacher’s teacher), Marlon Brando, Aaron Calafato (the only person I’ve ever seen directly eye to eye with about art), James Dean, Pablo Picasso (for his curiosity), Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Stuhlbarg, Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessi Blue Gormezano (who will never know she inspired me to get off my ass), Jamie Owens (my crazy friend, who was the second person who I felt believed in my abilities), my family (who finally got the point that I might be doing this a while), Ian McKellan, John Gazzale (the most dedicated actor I’ve ever met), Robert Downey Jr., Heath Ledger, Joseph Mancuso (my good friend in acting class and our first two shows, who taught me how to learn), James McAvoy, Lillian Wright (who directed The Seeing Place’s first show, THE CREDEAUX CANVAS), Claudio Raygoza (a great director and visionary, who I burned my bridge with six years ago and took me back into his life), Patrick Stuart (just yesterday – see him in the RSC’s HAMLET), and Anna Marie Sell (every day).

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? David Gideon.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Live to the point of tears.” – Albert Camus

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Rachel McAdams.

5. Do you have any rituals you must do before a performance? I like to sit and do nothing for a few minutes while I drink coconut water. And then I sit in a hard chair and move my muscles very systematically from the top down in order to connect to them so that I can relax them as fully as I can. During this process, someone usually makes fun of me while I open my arms, make sound from my chest, and move the muscles I’m already using. Then I usually cry and somebody gets uncomfortable. And then I get involved in my creative work. Usually, that involves speaking out loud, which also freaks people out a bit. How do you decompress after a show? After a show, I drink.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I am a Foley Artist.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks is passing, and I usually default to it out of laziness. Dunkin’ Donuts has the most disgusting food and coffee I’ve ever had, and I sometimes default to it out of even greater laziness. I always get the largest and darkest coffee they have.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers. Briefs and boxer briefs sag in this really gross way. Or maybe I’m just that huge.

9. Favorite website? Google. That was a smart idea.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite meal? Mike’s Mess from Zachary’s in Santa Cruz. Or anything from Hash House A-Go-Go or La Hacienda in San Diego. Or anything from The Hotcake House in Portland. Or Crepes from Squat and Gobble in San Fransisco. Or a Croque Madame from Le Grainne Cafe in Chelsea.  But I always long for this artichoke heart sandwich that an ex-girlfriend (who was a novice chef) made for me one night. And then there are always Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwiches.

12. Favorite hobby? Chess. Or biking. Or guitar. Or air-drums.

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Rachel Fox is another one of our next generation performers on the rise! It’s no wonder that she crosses many genres and generations with her television, film, music, theatre, and fashion talents! Rachel’s first break into television was playing the recurring character of “Buffy” on the hit Disney TV show “That’s So Raven” starring Raven Symone. Her gig on “That’s So Raven” lead to roles on Disney’s mega-hit “Hannah Montana” and the daytime Soap Opera “Passions.”  It wasn’t long after these gigs that Rachel made the leap into prime time television landing the roles of “Young Sydney” on “Alias” starring Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber and “Kayla Huntington” (the illegitimate daughter of “Tom Scavo,” played by Doug Savant) on ABC’s smash-hit “Desperate Housewives.”  In addition to television, Rachel has also starred in theatre productions of “Santa Goes Commercial,” “The Sound of Music,” “I Remember Mamma,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Currently, Rachel can be seen in the new movie “Spork” (directed by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant J.B. Ghuman Jr.) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is running through May 1. Rachel is also working on her debut album and as well as hosting a Fashion Blog on her website, giving fashion advice while detailing the latest looks.  For much more on Rachel, be sure to visit: http://www.rachelgfox.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? When I was 5, I was in a play and it was love at first performance. I guess it was the act of acting that inspired me to become a performer. Each time I performed after that, whether it was for a photo shoot, a commercial, a voiceover, a tv show, or a movie, my passion for the acting grew and continues to grow. Along the way, there have been so many people who inspired me, but my first and strongest inspiration has come from performing itself.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many. I’ve gotta sneak in an a couple of extras. The actor I’d love to work with is Meryl Streep. She is pure brilliance. Every time I watch her, I forget about all her previous characters and about who she is as a person. She commands every moment, creates her characters so they’re real, and she stays in character. She was genius in “The Devil Wears Prada” and in “Julie & Julia.” The second person I’d like to work with is Garry Marshall, the director of my favorite movie, “Pretty Woman.” I’d also love to work with Rob Reiner, who directed “A Few Good Men” and  “Princess Bride,” among other amazing movies.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? This is my only choice. Acting, performing, playing music, dancing, and singing. It’s my only choice. If I have to choose something, which I’m saying I don’t want to but I will to answer this good question, my choice for another career if I wasn’t me is to be a venture capitalist. I’d like to take a look at different businesses that are really cool ideas and have great people running them, and invest money in those companies that I think are going to be very successful. I am not interested in owning any one single business, but investing in other ones. The stock market is interesting to me but it feels like I have to gamble and I don’t have control over a stock’s price. I’m not comfortable with letting other people decide if my money amount goes up or down.

4. What has been the best advice you’ve received? The best advice I’ve ever received is to become whatever I passionately want to become. My mom and dad have taught me to do what I was born to do, no matter what other people say or no matter what the obstacles are. Their advice has given me strength and laser focus.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. We don’t have many, if any, Dunkin’ Donuts here in LA. I always order sugar-free, non-fat hazelnut frappachino, without whipped cream. I love their lemon bread and their coffee cake.

6. Favorite meal? I am a food lover! I never met a meal I didn’t love, except maybe liver. I’d have to say sushi, crab cakes, Chunky soup, and Lean Cuisines are my favorite meals. My most recent best sushi experience was at an incredible Japanese restaurant named “Ki.” The sushi was the freshest and best tasting and they had different kinds. One had asparagus and shrimp in a rice paper and I could have eaten 10 of them.

7. Favorite skin care product? I have sensitive skin. I use Murad cleanser for sensitive skin, BeautiControl toner that they don’t make anymore so I buy all the still-existing bottles from ebay, St. Ives apricot scrub, and Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer.

8. Favorite TV Show? This question is impossible to answer because I love so many tv shows for different reasons and so they all tie for first because they’re all great. Here they are in no special order….That 70s Show, Desperate Housewives, Glee, George Lopez, Fresh Prince, American Idol.

9. Favorite website? My favorite website is www.ultimate-guitar.com. I go there to learn new songs on guitar. Can I give you my website in this answer?  www.rachelgfox.com. I have a Fashion Blog and I answer questions that people write to me on my Ask the Fox page.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Not my generation…I know a little about Superman and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Wonder Woman so I’ll wait to know more about them before I answer.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite store to shop in? My favorite department store is Nordstroms. Their junior department has great clothes and shoes. My favorite store for dresses is bcbg. It stands for Bon Chic Bon Genre and it means good style, good taste. My SAG Awards dresses are from bcbg and the dress I wore to the Tribeca Film Festival (yeah!) is a bcbg dress. They have very unique dresses that fit me well.

12. Favorite quote?

I have two:

“Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

“Pick a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Author unknown

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Here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest” we try to make everyone feel a part of the entertainment we deliver. So we are covering the 2010 Golden Globe awards live and up to the minute…sit back, relax, and enjoy:

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture: Mo’nique “Precious: Based Upon The Novel Push By Sapphire”

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series-Comedy or Musical: Toni Collette “United States of Tara”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie: John Lithgow, “Dexter”

Best Animated Feature Film: “Up”

Best Performance By An Actor In a Television Series-Drama: Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series-Drama: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Best Original Song-Motion Picture: “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)”, “Crazy Heart,” Music and Lyrics by Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett

Best Original Score-Motion Picture: Michael Giacchino, “Up”

Best Mini-Series or TV Movie: “Grey Gardens” (HBO)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical: Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series or TV Movie: Kevin Bacon, “Taking Chance”

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series or TV Movie: Drew Barrymore, “Grey Gardens”

Best Screenplay-Motion Picture: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner “Up In The Air”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series-Comedy or Musical: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Best Foreign Language Film: “The White Ribbon” Germany

Best TV Series-Drama: “Mad Men” (AMC)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie: Chloe Sevigny, “Big Love”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Director-Motion Picture: James Cameron, “Avatar”

Best TV Series-Comedy or Musical: “Glee”

Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: “The Hangover”

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama: Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical: Robert Downey Jr. “Sherlock Holmes”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”

Best Motion Picture Drama: “Avatar”

Congratulations to all the winners tonight, especially “Glee” for you deserve nothing but the best!

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Deidre Goodwin is constantly working, whether it’s theatre, movies, or television. She has appeared in eight Broadway shows including “Chicago” as “Velma Kelly,” the 2006 revival of “A Chorus Line” as “Sheila,” “Nine” with Antonia Banderas, as “Our Lady of The Spa,” “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Chita Rivera: A Dancers Life,” and “Never Gonna Dance.” This past summer Deidre starred in the Fringe Festival hit show “Vote!” She has also delighted audiences in such motion pictures as the current smash hit “It’s Complicated” (starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin), as well as the Oscar-winning film version of “Chicago” as “Murderess June” “Every Little Step,” (which chronicles the history of the Broadway show “A Chorus Line” as well as the audition process for the 2006 revival), “Half Nelson,” and “Across the  Universe.” Her upcoming film projects include “Fair Game” and “Rabbit Hole.” Deidre’s television credits include guest starring roles on “30 Rock” (she played DeBORah, the winner of the MILF Island episode), “Law & Order: SVU,” “Rescue Me,” “Life on Mars,” and “Dancing With The Stars.” She also appeared on “Conan O’Brien,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “The View,” “Good Morning America,” and three times on “The Tony Awards” telecast. Deidre can currently be seen as “Velma Kelly” in the Tony Award Winning Revival of “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theatre on 49th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue) in New York City.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Since I didn’t start until I was older it was a mixture of all of the old movie musicals I would watch as a kid, Fame and the first time I saw Paula Kelly definitely put an idea in my head that this could be possible.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I have been very blessed to work with some amazing people. Legends, famous people and extremely talented people. If there was one person, it would be Carol Burnett.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Not really…

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best, first time on Broadway, climbing the wall in Rocky Horror and the rotating spiral staircase at the end of Nine, are a few of the highlights. Don’t really have a worst but embarrassing. I have fallen twice on a Broadway stage. Both curtain calls. Way to leave a last impression!

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Did have a dream a few nights ago that Hugh Jackman was trying to kiss me by offering me a piece of gum then putting in his mouth a la “Lady and the Tramp” style. Nice huh 🙂

6. Favorite meal? Cheese.

7. Favorite TV show? Way too many. Should really cut back on my tv. My favorites right now are Mad Men and Lost.

8. Favorite musician/singer? There are way too may of those too but my old stand by is ahh oh wa! Prince.

9. Favorite website? Don’t have one.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batman

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Photo Credit: Kirsty Furg

I had the pleasure of personally interviewing Leigh Ann Larkin during the Abingdon Theatre’s “Marathon ’33” benefit back in October. In person, Leigh Ann radiates kindness and joy with an energy that shines as bright as the sun. On Broadway she has starred as “Dainty June” in the Tony Award winning revival of “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti, while Off-Broadway, she starred in “The Yellow Wood.” Leigh-Ann has toured with country in Walt Disney’s “On The Record” (which also starred fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participant Andy Karl) and has been seen regionally at the Pittsburgh Musical Theatre (“Belle” in “Beauty and the Beast”), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (“Deborah Sue” in “Bye, Bye, Birdie”), West Virginia Public Theatre (as “Emma” in “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Lily” in “The Secret Garden,” and “Liesl” in “The Soud of Music”), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Featured Dancer in “Where’s Charlie”), and at the Cincinnati Conservatory (“Claudia” in “Nine” & “Jen” in “Jon & Jen”). Her TV roles include “Lipstick Jungle,” “The Flight of the Concords,” and recurring roles on “Guiding Light” & “All My Children.” Currently, Leigh Ann can been seen back on Broadway in the revival of “A Little Night Music” starring Angela Lansbury & Catherine Zeta-Jones. For more on Leigh Ann Larkin visit: http://www.leighannlarkin.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Patti LuPone and my mother who got me started and was very supportive.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low E, high C, and high E. I’m working on high E flat.

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage moment? When I punched a hole through the train in “Gypsy.”

4. Out of all the people you have worked with, who did you learn the most from? Arthur Laurents.

5. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep and Mary Louise Parker.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’ve got a “green” thumb–love to garden.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. one pump of soymilk in a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

8. Favorite skin care product? I’m an organic girl. I love Alba moisturizer and face wash. Actually, I love all their products.

9. Favorite website? http://www.steelers.com/ (Pittsburgh Baby!)

10. “Saved By The Bell” or “Beverly Hills 90210”? “Saved By The Bell.”

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