Anika Larsen

Anika Larsen as "Lucy the Slut" in "Avenue Q"Anika Larsen has a gift, besides her acting, that she bestows upon theatre audiences nightly...her  supreme voice. She has a way to hit all the right notes and when needed belt them out of this world. Most recently Anika wrote and performed in "Shafrika, The White Girl," an autobiographical musical about growing up with nine siblings of different races. Anika's other theatrical credits include Broadway's "Xanadu," "All Shook Up," "Rent," and Off-Broadway's "Zanna, Don’t!" She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Yale and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. Anika is also the Co-founder of Jaradoa Theater, which serves the community through performance-based outreach. Visit them at www.jaradoatheater.org. Currently, Anika can been seen in the Tony Award Winning Musical "Avenue Q" at The New World Stages as "Kate Monster/Lucy."

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My 9 brothers and sisters inspired me to be a performer, because I figured out early on that singing loud was the best way for me to get attention in my house.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I don't know. I probably should, but I think deciding where your high and low are can psych you out. If you're too aware that you're singing near your limits, your mind might decide you can't sing a note your voice actually can. I just sing what they tell me to sing.

3. What is the best advice you've given someone, but not taken for yourself? Choose your personal life (your family, your friends, your happiness) over your career. I'm trying to do that more, but historically I've been bad at it. I'll bet a lot of us in this biz are.

4. Out of all the people you've worked with, who did you learn the most from? My first Equity gig was Rent in L.A., and that cast taught me a tremendous amount about the logistics of the theater business, and about the kind of professional I want to be.

5. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? My friend Catherine Brunell is hugely talented, but also one of the most genuine, generous, delightful people I know in this business. She's in Mary Poppins now. We met when we were doing different musicals up at the Goodspeed, and we bonded watching Red Sox games after our respective shows. We've been great friends ever since, but we've never actually worked together--I wanna do a show with her!

6. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? I don't drink coffee, and I try to avoid big chains. If I was meeting someone for "coffee", I'd get green tea at an independent coffee spot like The Coffee Pot. (Hey, that rhymed at the end!)

7. Favorite skin care product? I love my Cover Girl CG Smoother Tinted Moisturizer. It's lotion with foundation in it, and it's cheap.

8. Favorite play/musical? Asking for one favorite is kind of a ridiculous thing to do. But I've seen In the Heights seven times. I've never seen a show seven times. So that must mean something.

9. Favorite website? www.jaradoatheater.org

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. Better theme song.


Rebecca Budig

J. Robert Spencer