Fine arts activities in which you participated while at SCA:
Concert choir, select Chorale, Junior High concert band and jazz ensemble, Arizona Regional and All-State choirs, Plays and Musicals
The Julliard School
Major At College:
B.Musc. in Vocal Arts
M.F.A. in Acting
What is your favorite thing about the college you attended?
The extremely high level of talent, dedication, and love for honing one’s craft. The incredible community of diverse faculty and students inspires me every day.
What are you doing professionally now in the fine arts?
I juggle a busy performing career, mainly in the summer time because I am still in graduate school during the school year. My work varies from acting and singing gigs (plays, musicals, operas) to directing and teaching engagements across the country.
What do you like most about your chosen field and the work you are doing?
The close working collaborations we share in the theater often lead to beautiful friendships. The people that have come into my life are my favorite part of my work.
What are your long-term goals in the fine arts?
To forge a career of versatility and excellence in each of the many different mediums that I love including theater, opera, musical theater, film, television, directing, writing and producing.
How do you integrate your faith in your pursuit of work in fine arts?
In what can often be a cutthroat and egocentric business, I’ve found that loving others and pouring my heart into what I do has lead to the most rewarding work. It’s paradoxical, but the more I try to give away my love and energy, the more it returns. And that is a beautiful, mysterious gift. I feel honored to be a storyteller because I believe stories connect us as a species to something higher than ourselves.
A word of advice to SCA students who might be considering majoring in fine arts at college and pursuing a career in that field:
The passion and love you have for the fine arts will be the thing that keeps you going in this difficult career path. No amount of money or fame will reward in the same way as the fulfillment you’ll get from relationships that you invest in. I believe that open-heartedly listening to someone who is different from you has the power to transform the world. Listen to people, and love them for who they are, not what you think they should be.