Why be on stage? My grandfather was an opera singer at the Vienna State Opera, so theatre was a part of my life from a very young age. As a kid, I cried the whole evening after an opera, because I could not separate the stage world from reality. I was mesmerized by the world on stage. I wanted to stand on stage myself. I was a shy kid, but on stage I felt comfortable. I felt seen. And strong. I could express my feelings, which was difficult in “real life”. During my acting training I learned to find the child in me again. The child that is not scared to play and to make mistakes. The child that is not scared to scream or cry.
Before starting university, I wanted to travel the world. I heard about a project, Sinfonía por el Perú, by the Peruvian opera singer Juan Diego Flórez. That’s where I wanted to work. When I met Juan Diego he just said “Well, we can always use the help, but are you sure?”. I was sure. I went to Lima for 6 months. I was the only foreigner working at the project so it was a challenge at first. But through acting and choir lessons that I gave to the kids I found my way in pretty quickly and learned the language. Being able to adapt is one of my key strengths.
After I finished my Bachelor I co-wrote a play, "Extraordinary Aliens", which we toured in New York and LA. I also produced and wrote my own Web-Series, "La-Di-Da", which premiered at the Big Apple film festival.
A little bit more about myself: I grew up very sporty. My father always said, “Kids, you may party as long as you like, but if you are not 100% fit on the football field the next morning you are not going out again.” I love animals, nature and the sun. I have a soft spot for the Amazon Jungle, where I have spent two life changing summers so far.
After 5 years of New York I took another radical step. Back to Europe. Berlin. In Berlin I got to play Helena in "A Midsummernight’s Dream" at the Gustav Böß Freilicht Bühne. I worked together with great acting coaches, including Di Trevis and Stephan Sasz until I got employed by the Theater Die Färbe as a fixed ensemble member.
And then New York. The big Apple. I started my acting training at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. My dream school. My dream city. I trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting with, among others, Jimmy Tripp and Betsy Parrish. I also trained in Meisner, experimental theatre and film. I did a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, where I trained in commedia dell’arte with Jim Calder and Jacob Olesen. I got a chance to stand on stage at Teatro della Pergola for a stage reading of "Seven" alongside Andre Holland.