As an actor, a lot of what we do is based on trust. Trust in the director, stage management, and fellow actors. I’ve always had a hard time putting my trust in other people on stage, especially when it comes to physical contact.

Last year, specifically, I had a difficult time with this and it was beginning to hinder my acting. I didn’t have reliance in my scene partners, therefore I began to doubt myself. Telling the character’s story and being truthful with my acting became a second thought. I was really angry at myself for this. I came into the new school year with a new approach to my acting.

I realized the stage is a safe space and whatever happens there stays there.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the perfect show to test my new mindset.

The blocking involves a lot of intimate and physical moments. For instance, at one point in the show, I have to leap in between two actors and have them hold me up. I know for a fact, I would not have felt comfortable doing that last year. Even after they dropped me on my face, I was ready to try it again.

I’m proud of myself and am thankful to be able to do a show with a lot of physical humor.