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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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