Today’s Friday interview is busy lady Christina Rios- let’s hear what she has to say!!
Christina Rios has had the good fortune to perform locally with such companies as: The St. Louis Black Repertory, New Line Theatre, Insight Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Stray Dog, The Non-Prophet Theatre Company, and has been able to study voice with such brilliant teachers as: Dr. Mark Madsen, Kathy Lawton Brown, and Ms. Angela Horn.
She is the Artistic Director of R-S Theatrics, a classically-trained soprano, the mother of four wonderful children, the wife of an incredible man, and a true believer that art can change the world.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
A: My first experience in theatre was being cast as Mary in my parochial school’s Christmas pageant.
I loved to read and perform…but mostly…talk. A lot.
When rehearsals started, I quickly learned why I had gotten the role – it was a non-speaking part.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: “A career, even one you love, should never be your whole life.”
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: During Threepenny Opera, with New Line, I found out I was pregnant – so Sarah Porter was kind enough to never put the fastener in my skirt and every night we would just pin it together with 2 safety pins.
I think it was the second to last night, I was out for the last scene and I remember thinking “Wow, it’s pretty chilly out here.”
Then Sarah, in character, came over and held my skirt together behind me and eventually lead me over to a piece of the set that I could lean against, because, well…it wasn’t chilly in the house that night, unless you were my backside.
Q: What is your dream role?
A: If my hair would just be a believable color of blonde, I would play Galinda in Wicked for as long as they let me.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: I honestly haven’t had cable television for like, 4 years…but I do enjoy the Netflix and I can and will basically watch any depressing documentary that I can find. Any time. Any place.
Thank you so much!! Check back next Friday for words of wisdom from another STL theatre figure.
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com