Cassandra Ambe (Alumni Artist)

 

Cassandra experienced four seasons with Elysium - three as a Resident Artist. After growing up in Las Vegas with her grandparents, Cassandra studied at the University of Nevada where she began pursuing her career as an actor by studying a wide range of styles from Classical to new works. In the coming years she hopes to create her own productions, explore her potential as a dancer and choreographer and fully steep herself in as many forms of art as possible! When Cassandra has free time she enjoys up-cycling furniture, reading about the universe/ outer space, scrapbooking and trying new DIY projects. 


Getting To Know... Cassandra


Tell us about a transformative educational experience...

 

While at UNR, I had the great pleasure of working with a guest artist, Ben Crystal, in a Passion in Practice intensive that prepped actors for an honest, strengthening and unforgettable journey through Hamlet in the Original Pronunciation dialect (how it would have sounded in Shakespeare's day). Ultimately, this created an artistic hunger in me that yearned for truthful, unfiltered and deeply passionate work. I didn't know where else I could find fulfillment in that way--except for acting.

 

 

What about transformative professional experience...

 

Working with Elysium has been an eye-opening and skill-widening journey. Working with artists that always keep you on your toes and wondering what is going to happen next is so valuable. It causes you to leap into the unknown, stop spending time being self-conscious or doing "what's right" for the scene and be fully present. This work has made me a much wiser actor and has given me tools to navigate my creative process in a focused way. It has also led me to a group of very passionate people who remind me of why I do what I do. 

 

 

Why I do what I do…

 

Funny, this is the next question! Honestly, I always want an artistic avenue that lets me fully express myself- whether that's through dance, music, acting. I don't care. It's deeply fulfilling and I get to use all life experience I have, all life experience I don't have yet and the power to explore all other areas of human experience that I might never have otherwise. 

 

 

What about ECT inspires you...

 

The unfiltered passion for all art, the immediate acceptance of all artists who come to share their wisdom and the ambition to create a completely new kind of theater.

 

 

My favorite "day off" event would be…

 

...getting lost in a large antiques shop. 

 

 

If I had one million dollars I would...

 

Take care of my family and see the world.

 

Did you know...

 

I love going to the dentist; I dream in third person; I drink coffee every day but I could still nap right after having it; breakfast is my first meal of the day regardless of the time I wake; I am scared of flying and the ocean.