Say hello to Joy Addler- today’s Five Question Friday!
Joy is a graduate of the BFA Stage Management program at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and currently works as a Campaign Manager at Catalyst Management. She is also an all-around badass (Note: I added this. She really is-G)
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
Well, my very first theatrical experience was when I was 7 and I played Marta in “The Sound of Music.” That was pretty much the beginning and end of my acting career.
As for my actually dive into the theatre world, I began by writing theatre reviews for my high school newspaper. I was part of the Cappies program, which is a theatre award program for high schools. I wrote reviews and at the end of the years helped to decide the award winners. From there I got more and more involved in technical theatre, and one day my junior year of high school one of my theatre teachers told me she needed a stage manager for “Doubt.” I had no idea what that meant, but decided to go for it. The rest is history.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
One of my close friends from college (her name is Dora Trenbeath and she works for The Rep now, actually), she always told me “It’s just theatre.” This is what she told perspective students when they came to visit the program, and it’s what she said whenever we started to take ourselves too seriously. It’s important to remember that, even though theatre is our passion and it’s absolutely important, and it can feel like our entire lives sometimes, it is equally as important to have other things that you are passionate about, other things that you spend your time on. I think of all the advice I have been given, this is one of the pieces of advice that has stuck with me the most.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
I don’t know if it’s the worst I’ve lived through, but it definitely sticks out. And let me just preface this story by saying that one of my biggest fears is having to go onstage during a performance.
So, the summer after my freshman year of college I was an SM intern at Hope up in Holland, Michigan. I ASMed “All Shook Up,” which was really boring because there were no scene changes and barely any props, so really not a whole lot for us to do backstage. We did, however, have a real motorcycle that Chad rode onstage during the show. I was made the “motorcycle consultant” and spent a few hours during tech learning all about how to start the bike and what to do if something went wrong during the show. Well, opening night, Chad rides the bike onstage and does his thing. During a semi-blackout, one of the crew members was supposed to go out and roll the bike offstage. She gets out there and the bike wont move. After about 10 seconds, I ran onstage to help her. At this point, all of the music has stopped, and I’m just onstage in front of a full house trying to get this giant motorcycle offstage. We finally got it off, but I had to go onstage for what felt like ages and it was awful.
Q: What is your dream role/show?
Well I was recently lucky enough to work on one of my dream shows, “Beauty and the Beast,” at Variety Children’s Theatre. I’ve always wanted to do that show, and VCT is my absolute favorite place to work, so it was really a dream come true. A dream show that I haven’t gotten to do yet is definitely Chicago. I would love to get to call that show some day.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
Okay, so I’m kind of obsessed with “Scream Queens.” It’s so bad and so good and I just can’t get enough. I also recently started watching “Black Mirror.” I’m a huge fan of dystopias and I really enjoy darker shows and movies, so that one is definitely a winner as well.
Thank you Joy!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator. See her work at gracemaustin.com
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