WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE

I’ve started a series called “What She Looks Like” that profiles performing artist professionals their thoughts on work and motherhood. I’ve asked a few of the performing arts professionals/moms to share a brief profile of their stories.

If you are or you know a performing artist professional and mom who wants to share thoughts, submit your own story by sharing your thoughts to the prompts and submit at this contact form.


Check out the incredible gallery of extraordinary women here:


Marnye Young, Actor

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“I look forward to when my children are in school and I can get back into it. I miss it so much. I used to say it was my heartbeat…” Read More…

 


Jiyoun Chang, Scenic and Lighting Designer

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“I thought I knew everything about growing up, but I don’t, and it surprises me every little step she goes through with amusement – and scares me too with fear that I may ruin something so wonderful before its full realization. And that surprise in learning deepens my work…”
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Blair Goldberg, Actor/Singer/Dancer

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“My heart is literally on the outside of my body now that I have Lyla, and I am grateful to be able to use that feeling in my work going forward…” Read More…

 


Stephanie Hayes, Actor/Theatre Artist

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“That’s the scary thing about birth, you don’t know who you’ll be on the other side of it…” Read More…

 


Kenzie Hernandez, Actor

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“The thing that excited me and that I still love most about being an actor-mom is the example I get to set for my girls…I want to make sure that I empower them, not only verbally, but also by example.” Read More…

 


Jill Harrison, Director

IMG_1245“Motherhood in the theatre, especially in freelance theatre, is doable and worth it. It is also extremely hard. It requires a vast village and a great deal of humility.” Read more…

 


Jessica Mann Gutteridge, Educational Manager

13162149_10154118152198187_1822801552_n“You have to raise your family and pursue your art and career with integrity, not in order to check off some boxes or get a great Instagram out of it. When you let go of that external pressure, it’s amazing how liberating it feels.” Read more…


Elizabeth Barrett Groth, Designer

13073148_10103497247220384_1393213804_o“I’m glad to do it, I’m glad I can do it, but it was a jarring transition – one day I woke up a mom and a housewife and I had no idea what to do…Time to figure out a new way to keep creating.” Read more…

 


Christina Acosta Robinson, Actress

IMG_4559“There is great power in saying no–in being selective. And there is great power in faith–in knowing that as long as you are doing the best you can and nurturing your talents, your gifts will continue make room for you in this industry–you and your family.” Read more…

 


Maria Bella Jeffers, Cellist

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“I think the hand-offs of our little girl from a person with a cello to a person in a tux carrying a bass trombone are pretty wild. It has happened fairly regularly.” Read more…


Melissa Trn, Designer

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Jenna Woods, Stage Manager

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“There is too much made out of “baby brain” regarding pregnant women. I haven’t had many problems at all with memory bumps or confusion, but many non-pregnant people expect that from me and it undermines my authority as a stage manager.” Read more…


 

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