As we all know, a truly successful theater production is created by the talents both on stage and off. Our first “10 Questions” Tech Spotlight is Shining on Actor and Choreographer, Brittani Nicole O’Connell!
- What is your name and how old are you?
- My name is Brittani O’Connell and I am 24 years old.
- What social links can your fans find your on?
- What are your hobbies, besides theater?
- I enjoy baking, playing sports, and being outdoors.
- What do you do for a living?
- I currently work for a non-profit in NYC serving as their Sanctuary Arts Coordinator as I pursue a career in acting.
- How long have you been involved in theater and what’s your technical specialty?
- I actually didn’t technically get into theatre until high school, but growing up I was always doing some kind of performing. Although I’m primarily a performer, I would say my technical specialty is Lighting Design.
- What are your top three favorite shows you have worked on?
- From a techincal standpoint: Next to Normal, West Side Story, and Oliver.
- From a performer standpoint: Into the Woods, Les Miserables, and Seussical
- What are the top three shows you would love to be a part of?
- Memphis the Musical
- Light in the Piazza
- What companies have you worked with?
- MBU Theatre
- MAC Theatre
- Next Generation Theatre Company
- Silhouette’s Production Company
- Alfresco Productions
- Acting Out!
- St. Louis Summer Plaers
- Kirkwood Theatre Guild
- Manhattan Repertory Theatre
- What nominations and awards have you received?
- 2016-2017 AFL BPA Nominee – Best Lighting Design – West Side Story – Next Generation Theatre Co.
- 2016-2017 AFL BPA Nominee – Best Choreography – Oliver – St. Louis Summer Players
Follow up and insights from Brittani’s stand point.
Being curious as to what motivates Brittani not only as an actor, but from the aspect of a choreographer, I asked her the question. She told me there were so many aspects of theater revolving around community. Brittani also feels she could reveal so many “Favorites”, however, her ULTIMATE FAVORITE would be the community and relationships one builds with each and every member of the company she is working with at the time.
The choreographer elaborated by telling me, “And, in St. Louis, it’s special because i’ts big, but it’s small enough to almost feel like each company and every person involved feels like an extended family. Every show has its scary, “Oh man, I don’t know if this is going to come together” moment right before opening night curtain. But, it’s the community and passion behind every artist that allows everyone to come together as one, to bring to life the truth of the stories told. Theatre is raw and gives a voice to the unheard. And the discoveries that are made allows those involved, artists and audiences, to empathize with the world just a little bit more. And the world needs more empathy.”
When asked what advise she might have for those less experienced in the theater wanting to follow their own passion, she had the following to say:
“My advise would be to go all in. If it’s something you’re passion about, even if its just for the “right now” you’re going to get out of it what you put into it. Be persistent and work to know yourself better, not what you want others to perceive you to be. Get out of your comfort zone because you learn nothing about yourself when you’re comfortable. It can be really hard to do that sometimes because we are programmed to fear being uncomfortable, but knowing your truth and that what you have is and will be enough for someone somewhere down the line can keep you motivated. If it’s what you love, don’t settle for anything else.”
Our Tech’s Talent Spotlight’s Final Thoughts.
I truly want to thank Brittani Nicole O’Connell for such a motivational and inspiring interview! And, we here at St. Louis Limelight wish you all the luck with following your dreams and your passion. In addition, thank you, Brittani for leaving our readers with these final thoughts:
“As for final thoughts, I’m just living the daily grind here in NYC getting myself into every audition I can. I miss my STL theatre community dearly and I am grateful to have been fostered in such a supportive, loving environment. “
~Brittani Nicole O’Connell, Actor and Choreographer~