Anna-Lee wright recently starred as a series regular playing herself on MTV’s hit comedy show Ladylike. A four year apprentice of Ann Reinking’s prestigious Broadway Theatre Project, she grew up training and working intimately with masters of musical theatre such as Gregory Hines, Ann Reinking, and a few others. She also attended the Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC. She has performed in regional theatres across the country, as well as sung opera internationally in China. Currently, Anna-Lee is in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon. When not teaching or performing Anna-Lee is spending time on the pole practicing her aerial specialty skills and dividing the rest of her time between her guitar and her rubik’s cube.
In This Episode:
1:52- How did you know that you wanted to continue to perform as your career?
2:25- Why did you decide to do the 2 year training route (Circle in the Square) instead of getting a degree or going to an actual college or university?
4:20- Were there any main benefits for you choosing this path?
6:09- Do you think that one should invest four years of study at University, developing and improving their craft? Or, do you think this time would be better spent, moving to NYC, taking workshops (for example, like yours) and classes, getting in front of casting agents, auditioning?
8:49- Opera singing in China!
13:25- Another unique experience of yours was to play yourself in MTV’s LadyLike, a hidden camera prank show to show the world how a lady should act. How did you come across this opportunity? What was it like having to play yourself when you were probably most used to playing a different character?
15:37- Anna-Lee tells her story about a major time of struggle at one point in time, and its influence.
16:40- Some of your endeavors also include teaching and choreographing. Were these skills that you had to develop or was it something that you always wanted to do and it just came natural to you?
2008- The importance of special skills!
24:17- You have done Miss Saigon previously at regional theatres and with a national tour… but what is it like being able to do the show on Broadway?
26:50- Greenville connections!
28:40- Any more closing advice?