Meet today’s 5QF- Kelly Hummert, AD of Rebel and Misfits here in STL!
Kelly Hummert is a member of the global phenomenon Secret Theatre, and is CEO and Artistic Director of REBEL AND MISFITS here in St. Louis, where they recently launched the immersive Hamlet: See What I See and are currently running Laura Eason’s Sex With Strangers. She spent her twenties hitting the boards of Broadway, off-Broadway, and Regional Theatre. She is dedicated to creating a new form of theatre here in St. Louis and is delighted to discover a niche for her personal work in this town.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
The first time I did a show was with a children’s theatre company doing The Wizard of Oz. I played the Wicked Witch. Which would lead to a series of a lifetime in which I played many more witches to come. I remember feeling the boos come on whenever my character swept in, and I fell in love. And even though I’ve played many leading ladies, the villains get me every single time.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
Keep failing. It’s the only way to learn. Don’t be afraid to fail.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
I was playing Eliza Doolittle when I was 17, my first “real” show, and Professor Higgins was going on and on about me, using words I’d never heard before. I realized I had missed my cue about two minutes prior, so this poor man was making up rants as to why I was so late and “isn’t that just like what a little guttersnipe would do”, so I just ran into the living room and told Higgins I could hear every word he just said about me, got angry, and then we swept back into the play. I don’t think anyone else noticed. I had a really good Higgins!
Q: What is your dream role/show?
I would have loved to take a crack at Grace in Dogville by Lars Von Trier. I don’t always get cast as characters I can relate to, but Grace comes the closest. Also, to work with that cast of legends would be a dream. Also, it’s more like a play, and less like a film.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
Girls. I love that show and I don’t care if anyone hates me for loving it. I lived in NYC for my entire twenties, and those characters, scary as it may seem, are real! Fine. I’ll tell the truth. I also love Vanderpump Rules. It’s so stupid it’s brilliant.
Thank you Kelly- great advice!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com