Molly Stoller is another one of our next generation performers on the rise! Having studied on both sides of the pond, in London at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts at CAP 21, Molly is well prepared to start her professional career. Her NY credits include "The Lewis Carroll Project" (staged reading at The Tank Theater), "This is Tisch! Gala (Jazz at Lincoln Center), and "Jack or The Submission" (NYU Playwrights Horizon). Overseas at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Molly performed in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Hamlet's Revenge," and "Macbeth."
Molly will next be seen in "Fit" as part of the 2011 NYC International Fringe Festival from August 17-27. "Fit" plays at Teatro LATEA CSV Center Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street). For tickets, click on the date you want to see the show. Wed, Aug 17 @ 2pm, Thurs, Aug 18 @ 6:15pm, Fri, Aug 19 @ 9:15pm, Thurs, Aug 25 @ 2pm, Sat, Aug 27 @ 9:30pm.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I grew up singing along to the opening of "Company" before learning most nursery rhymes. Every time I would visit my grandparents house, my grandma would pull me aside to do a times step or sing a song. My family is very involved in the arts--I've had it in my blood all along.
2. If you could perform alongside anyone, who would it be? For as many 'stars' as I would love the opportunity to perform alongside, I'd really love the chance to perform with my roommate/best friend Molly Ranson (currently in Jersusalem and title character in "Carrie"). That would be a blast!
3. What attracted you to "Fit" and what excites you most about participating in the NYC International Fringe Festival? When I saw the breakdown on Playbill.com I was already thinking that the role of Mary could be a great fit (er...no pun intended) for me. When I went in and met the group of people, I knew I wanted to work with them. Add that to the incredibly smart, funny and complex script written by Erin Austin and I was sold. The best thing about the NYC Fringe is the community it provides. There are something like 200 new plays being produced in a 2 week span which is pretty incredible. There is so much opportunity for due recognition and success.
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seein "Fit"? "Fit" tells a story of three women struggling to attain their own version of perfection. I hope each audience member allows him or herself the permission to identify with these characters and experience the highs and lows of their emotional life. By seeing how consumed these women are with their personal issues, maybe the audience will gain a new perspective. I also hope there's laughter!
5. What's your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show and where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? My favorite part of the rehearsal process is when the table work, research and memorization is mostly complete. That's when I trust that the work is there, and let myself play and get messy before honing it in again. If I'm doing research or table work on my own, I'll go to a coffee shop, but I work with my voice coach at NOLA Studios.
6. How have you gained from studying both in London and The States? How do you think this multicultrual education has enhanced your performing style? I think studying in New York gave me a solid foundation for acting by teaching me the concrete technical skills I need. Skills such answering essential questions, researching, and putting appropriate actions into the scene. Studying in London, I learned to command more stage presence by working on where certain characters live in my body and voice. Each form of training compliments the other.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? A combination of pilates, yoga, and running.
8. Favorite skin care product? Sunscreen! And Palmer's cocoa butter chapped stick.
10. "Glinda" or "Elphaba"? Elphaba.
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Die, vampire, die.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Prince Charming (preferably in non-cartoon form).
13. You've studied voice with the award winning and fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Bobby Cronin. What did you learn from studying with Bobby? Bobby was an incredible teacher and audition coach. The most valuable piece of advice he gave me was to only bring material I LOVE singing into the audition room. Songs only affect people if you yourself passionately believe in what you are singing. Take risks and feel it in every fiber of your being. He also made sure we knew that we are in control of our auditions and careers in general, and we should all be stars!