Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meet Lindsay!

This is Lindsay's first time working with ADK Shakes. Patrick and I have noticed that during the audition process, you sometimes just get a feeling about someone. Even from just their headshot and resume over email or online casting submission. Lindsay was one of those feelings -- for both of us. Of course, her headshot is gorgeous. But whose isn't? So it wasn't just the headshot.

That feeling continued to haunt me after her audition. She came into the audition room and was just enveloped in warmth. I like to scare (scare? weird out? baffle? impress?) our actors by greeting them by name as they come into the room. I wasn't bad either. I think I got about 70% of them! Most casting directors (in my experience anyway) don't do that, and it seemed to take some people aback. But Lindsay just took it all in stride, turned in a stellar audition, was warm and open and friendly to every single person in the room. Months later, she came to volunteer at the Bookend Project, and she was just the same warm and wonderful person. I knew my gut was right, and I just had to work with this person.

So here we are! In many ways, personality and integrity are just as important as skill and talent in the casting process. The summer season is not just a weekend-long commitment, as other RAW projects are. We'll be working closely for weeks on end and driving each other up the wall. It's important to have some sunshine in the group. Meet our sunshine, Lindsay!

Lindsay Bartlette Allen
(MID: Titania, Philostrate; VEN: Nerissa, Salarino; KIDS: TBA)

Lindsay recently moved to NYC after graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BA in Theatre Performance. Favorite university roles include Lydia Languish in The Rivals and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. As a member of the Theatre UAB Touring Ensemble in Women of Shakespeare, Lindsay performed scenes as Olivia from Twelfth Night, Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, and Julia from Two Gentlemen of Verona in public and private schools across Alabama and neighboring states. New York credits include Snapshot with Adam Roebuck Productions and Dorothy in Somewhere: An Alternate Ending to the Wizard of Oz, which performed at the Strawberry One-Act Festival in Chelsea. Lindsay was also a member of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Acting Apprentice Company in 2009 where she played Dionyza in Pericles: Prince of Tyre and acted in the theater's mainstage production of The Tempest.

Adopt Lindsay and show your support for her Adirondack debut! Or you can adopt Lindsay and the whole fairy contingent.

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