Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Spotlight On...Susanna Stahlmann

Name: Susanna Stahlmann

Hometown: New Hope, MN

Education: University of Minnesota BFA / Guthrie Actor Training Program

Why theater?: We need to connect as a community in real time. There's no better place to do that than live theater.

Who do you play in Hedda (Gabler)?: Thea

Tell us about Hedda (Gabler): Hedda Gabler is a moving story of the flaws of social order, centered around one woman that is constantly fighting against what society pressures her to be.

What is it like being a part of Hedda (Gabler)?: The people! I love the people I work with.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I love language, and am drawn to classical theater. As an artist I am inspired by good poetry, and often use it as inspiration for my characters.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Can't wait to play Blanche DuBouis!

What’s your favorite showtune?: Memory.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Mark Rylance.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: "Tripping Over Tied Shoes", I would play the Therapist.

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Honestly it would be to watch my favorite Minneapolis actor, Gerald Drake play Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie. I missed it to go to a seventh grade party to hang out with a boy. I learned then, never choose the boy.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Hedda Gabler!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Ice cream.

What’s up next?: Got to finish the play I'm writing!