Q: If you could say something to a young person who didn’t think theatre was for them, what would you say?
A: Well, a couple of years ago, I didn’t think of myself as a theatre person. I didn’t like the idea of theatre and I took a class and now I write musical theatre. And I used to think it was quote-on-quote “gay” and not cool… Then, I saw a production of Hairspray and thought, ‘This is amazing.’ So, I took a couple of classes so I could get better at public speaking. And before I knew it, I had taken all the classes and I figured, ‘Oh my gosh - I’m gonna go and be an actor!’ …It didn’t happen. But, then my last semester, I said, ‘Let me go and take a playwriting class’. And then, I went to get my masters in musical theatre.
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