What hobbies do you have, beside theater of course?
I love to drink coffee and read, which is why I tend to frequent bookstores. I enjoy baking, listening to podcasts, and taking day trips. And I definitely binge-watch way too many BBC shows.
What do you do for a living when you’re not performing?
I direct shows throughout the season for the Chesterfield Community Theatre. I also work for a princess company of vocalists and my boyfriend and I perform as a duo at gigs around town.
How long have you been acting?
My Grandpa used to be the pianist for Showstoppers. It’s a local musical review and the proceeds go to cancer research. They needed kids for The Sound of Music when I was about five years old. So that’s where it all began!
How many shows have you been in?
I’m honestly not even sure. Probably around 25.
What are your top 3 favorite roles you have played?
Cathy (The Last Five Years)
Dionyza (Pericles, Prince of Tyre)
What are your top 3 roles you would love to play?
Velma Kelly (Chicago)
Corie Bratter (Barefoot in the Park)
Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing)
What theaters have you worked with?
Since graduating from Lindenwood University, I’ve mostly directed. But I did HAIRSPRAY with the Hawthorne Players, also in the Summer of 2016 participated in the Theatre Crawl and Spring 2017 the Play Reading Festival. Both with First Run Theatre. Directed by Phil Gill.
What nominations and awards have you received?
Arts for Life Best Performance Award – Best Supporting Actress (2016) for Penny in HAIRSPRAY! JR Strzelec Honors Award in Musical Theatre (2014-2015)
A recent chat with Erin McRaven.
Recently, St. Louis Limelight’s Editor-In-Chief, Jordan Zeitler, had an opportunity to chat with Erin. Erin was gracious enough to answer a few additional questions, in addition to providing us with some awesome images of herself in action.
When asked what motivates her to do theater, Erin’s response was:
“Theater is good for the soul. Watching it and performing it, offers a wonderful escape. I say escape, but then it also is a great medium of self-discovery. It’s amazing how much a character can teach you about yourself. Theater is therapy. There is an energy and relationship with the audience that can not be replicated anywhere else.”
Erin also says, she has bonded with entire casts to the point they are family. She expressed how much theater motivates her and says she cannot think of a more fulfilling business in which to be involved.
Finally, we asked Erin if she had any productions in the near future. Erin let us know that she has no productions lined up at the moment. However, her season with Chesterfield Community College has changed somewhat, so her time she had blocked off for directing is now open. She also showed excitement about getting out there and auditioning.
A huge thanks goes out to Erin McRaven for taking the time out of her schedule to answer our “10 Questions” and chatting with us.
The best of luck to this week’s St. Louis Limelight’s Talent Spotlight, Erin McRaven. We look forward to seeing you on stage!