Stephanie was born in Macon, GA and studied theatre at Furman University in South Carolina as well as at Stella Adler in New York. She has spent the last four or so years based out of Chicago where she took improv classes and performed at the Annoyance Theatre. Stephanie spent several months in the past year touring with The National Theatre for Children. She moved to Los Angeles this past May with her live-in-lover, Paul, and is so thrilled to have found another new home in Elysium.
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
I studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company for a couple weeks during undergrad. Before this, I thought Shakespeare was garbage and outdated and boring. I had only ever read it and seen community theatre productions. Shakespeare needs to be seen, and seen done well. I fell in love with theatre again that semester. And Kathryn Hunter as the Fool in King Lear was awe inspiring.
What about transformative professional experiences?
My first job out of college was with a touring children's theatre company. We did a show in Connecticut the week after the Sandy Hook massacre. The children were shaken and the teachers told us this was a really special treat for the kids who never get to see live theatre. It felt like we were doing something more than just acting. We were helping. We were inspiring. We were using our talents for something more than personal pride.
Why I do what I do...
My first dream job was being a teacher during the week and a stand-up comedian on the weekends. Then I decided to nix the teacher idea and stick to acting. Theatre teaches us all, the maker and the audience.I use my talents the best way I know how. And I will always strive for the ultimate emotional reaction: laughing through tears.
What about ECT inspires you?
Being Fearless. We all have instincts and opinions and ECT pushes these forward. Self doubt is crippling and any theatre that helps release your vulnerability and strength through a scope of artistic bravery is a place I want to call home.
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?
I've been all over the U.K. (Scotland -- I don't know about Brexit), Ireland, Madrid, Paris, Versailles, Rome, Koln, Prauge, all over Romania, Moldova, Canada, Mexico, and I have been to every state in the U.S. but five. I want to go and see everywhere. But my dream for the past few years has been to go to Croatia and see the Plitvice Lakes and see penguins in Antarctica.
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
My favorite day-off would be going on a morning hike, celebrating a gorgeous summit with a few beers, and then gathering with friends for a Southern feast / BBQ; preferably by a body of water and on ideally on a boat.
If I had one million dollars I would...
THIS IS AN IMPOSSIBLE THOUGHT! I guess I'd put half in savings, donate a quarter, and travel with the rest.
Did you know...
There are more canals in Amsterdam than in Venice.
I had shingles in the 4th grade.