What is your favorite show to have worked on and why?
Chris: I don’t really have a “favorite show that I’ve worked on”. I don’t have a “worst show I’ve worked on” either. Every production has positives and negatives. It’s important to accentuate the former while skirting the latter.
What has been your scariest/funniest moment on stage?
Neela: I’ve worked the stage as an actress, run crew, wardrobe supervisor, stage manager, director, tour manager and have had missed cues, comical malfunctions, and heckling from the audience, but NOTHING seems quite as scary to me as when the stage is dark and lifeless.
What do you love about teaching?
Chris: Collaborating with sharp young minds is what I love about teaching.
Neela: I love the moment when we all learn something together. I so appreciate being able to offer strategies, techniques, and tips to the group, but it’s when their learning teaches me something that I’m reminded of how we all are connected. I stay as open as possible for this magic to happen. I might just be addicted to it.
What advice would you give theatre students at all levels of experience?
Chris: We learn from failure. Give yourself permission to fail.