“Art to me is Courage. The Courage to get to know myself and share it with others. To show my dark sides openly and proud and through them connect to the audience. From soul to soul.”
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 learnt to find the child in me again. The child that commits 100% to the “dream world”. 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 Perú, I did an internship in Vienna at ORF III, a broadcasting station in Austria where I was able to make good industry contacts and give an interview about my work in Perú.
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. There 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.
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 am working together with great acting coaches, including Di Trevis, Stephan Sasz and Sarah Besgen. I am working at the Gorki Theatre in Berlin and will start rehearsals for "The imaginary Invalid" by Moliere at die Faerbe in Singen, Germany, end of April.
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. The last of which is fairly rare in Berlin. So, whenever I catch sunrays in Berlin, you will see me stand there and hold my face up into the sky. I love doing things that challenge my comfort zone.