Paris Langle is pleased to continue her artistic journey with Elysium Conservatory Theatre. A graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Creative Writing, she has been acting since she was a child, writing her own plays with her cousin and performing them for her parents in their living room. She has been involved in a wide variety of artistic projects in both Los Angeles and NYC; favorite credits include handling press interviews for the 57th Young Musicians Foundation Gala (conducted by John Williams at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), dancing as a soloist with the Malibu Coast Chamber Ballet in several original ballet works composed by Maria Newman, playing Jenny in The Shape of Things, Mary Warren in The Crucible, appearing in Phantom Projects' Through These Eyes, playing Cohen in TE's production of The Underpants, Eliza Doolittle in Wouldn't It Be Lovely - TESPR's spring production/adaptation of the classic My Fair Lady story, and dancing her heart out as the Modern Girl in TESPR's The Lady of Shalott. Paris is thoroughly excited and ready to jump into this year's season of truly unique, innovative, and dynamic theatre on the ECT stage!
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
Attending Columbia University was an incredibly transformative educational experience, but not just from an academic perspective. I had been a nomadic student for quite some time, having been homeschooled by missionary parents, and I never put down roots anywhere for too long. I started college at 15 years old, and I had attended six schools before I turned 20. When I made the decision to apply to Columbia, it was on a whim. As a staunchly academic child (translation: nerd), I had always dreamed of attending an Ivy League, but I never imagined that it would come to fruition as quickly as it did. Within two weeks of applying, I received a call saying that I had been accepted. One month later, I was living, working, studying and thriving in New York City, a city that I immediately embraced as my own. Two years of countless transformative experiences culminated in graduating not only with honors, but also in gaining a fierce sense of my own identity, hard-won independence and focused intention on pursuing and achieving my goals.
What about transformative professional experiences?
I must say that auditioning for Theatrum Elysium was the most transformative professional experience I’ve had to date. I have always thought of myself as an actor, but I hadn’t vocalized my ambitions until very recently. I had been in several productions here and there, but I didn’t allow myself to seriously consider acting as a life-long career. Two years ago, however, I realized with intense conviction that I do not want to do anything else. Acting is my profession of choice, and I am proud to now be part of a company that is unapologetically sold out to the art form of theatre.
Why I do what I do...
Acting is the creative outlet that allows me to tap into my innermost artistic soul. I feel most alive as a creative, inspired being when I’m acting. When I intently observe and recreate behavior, when I savor the process of finding the truth in a character, when I collaborate with others in reaching a common goal, when I tackle text and make it come to life, using my body as an instrument – this is when I feel like the passion and poetry in my heart is able to be most effectively shared with those around me.
What about ECT inspires you?
I am deeply impressed by the principles, work ethic, and dedication to the craft of acting that Elysium Conservatory Theatre exhibits not only in their productions, but also in the core values of their community. ECT believes in the kind of collaboration and artistic integrity that I wasn't convinced existed in L.A. It does exist, however, and the artists who are actively working to make ECT a lasting presence are not only inspiring because of their open hearted spirits, but also because they demonstrate a joyful satisfaction in the process. It is a privilege and an honor to fearlessly work within such a group of like-minded artists!
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
Making soup in my pajamas on a rainy day while watching old movies with my sister, of course.
If I had one million dollars I would...
Be monetarily rich.
Did you know...
I speak French.
I was 6 months old when I took my first trip abroad, and I’ve traveled to over a dozen countries since.
I write in extraordinarily tiny letters.
I talk in my sleep.
I make a delicious loaf of bread.
I grew up in a mountain town that had a population of 270 people.
I can install a toilet, tile your bathroom, and re-pipe your house.