Mallory Berlin is a cross-over operatic and musical theater performer hailing from Long Island. She graduated with honors from Ithaca College with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Past opera and theatre credits include "Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles" ("The Queen of Hearts" ) and "Twelfth Night" ("Viola") with Beautiful Soup, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" ("Edwin Drood"), "Company" ("Joanne"), "A Funny Thing…Forum" ("Domina"), "L’enfant et les sortilèges" ("L’enfant"), Leonard Bernstein’s "MASS" with Cornell University, and several premiere works and readings, including "RelationShifts" and "Sam: The Mark Twain Story."
Behind the scenes, Mallory can be found searching for talent for The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's season as Talent Director. She helps each production director narrow down the talent pool from submissions, sits in on casting, and handles contracting and scheduling.
When not performing, Mallory can be found hiding money in the banana stand, proclaiming how the cake is a lie and continuing her quest to become a Pokémon master.
This season, Mallory will be seen as "Nora" for the musical "A Doll’s Life" as part of "Nora, in rep" which runs from January 25 through February 5 at The New Ohio Theatre in NYC famous Greenwhich Village (154 Christopher Street). Click here for tickets!
For more on The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective be sure to visit http://www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Ever since I was a child, I always loved to make people laugh. It actually wasn’t until my English teacher in 6th grade told me, “You can make people laugh for a living,” that the thought ever occurred to me. It blew my mind! My love for the musical arts came later on, but in the beginning, it was all about making other people smile - no matter how I had to do it.
2. If you could perform alongside anyone, who would you choose? The list goes on and on. Top contenders include Martin Short, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury and Faith Prince. And of course, the ultimate: Stephen Sondheim. That would be living the dream!
3. What attracted you to "Nora, in Rep"? What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? The conception of “Nora, in Rep” is actually quite a story! Back in January, Artistic Director Steven Carl McCasland invited me to sing in a benefit concert, and I selected “Learn to Be Lonely” from A Doll’s Life. Since that time, we’d been chatting on and off about how great it would be to revive the show, or at least hear that gorgeous score live. In the summer, when Steven was considering an Ibsen for Beautiful Soup’s second season, he put up a facebook poll asking Collective and audience members alike which plays to consider. I commented, “A Doll’s House. But only if you do it in rep with A Doll’s Life.” And the rest, as they say, is history!
I’d love for audiences to take away from the show that when one door closes, another one opens. While A Doll's Life explores many themes (chiefly woman's liberation, conquering fears, etc.), the most important lesson to learn from Nora is that life goes on. One bad experience does not a life make - and the future is what YOU make it to be.
4. What do you identify most with about your character "Nora"? Perhaps what I identity most with Nora is her perseverance and quest for knowledge. She is an extremely strong woman who, despite the odds, risks everything to better herself and find justice in the world. Like Nora, I myself am a lifelong learner and wholly dedicate myself to what I believe in. It’s truly the role of a lifetime, and I’m extremely thrilled and honored to be stepping into the shoes of such an iconic character.
5. What made you want to work with The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective? The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective is an incredible young theater company filled with tremendous talent and equally wonderful, supportive people to work alongside. I had known Artistic Director Steven Carl McCasland from a show we had done together in our youth, and when he conceived the idea for the Collective, I knew I wanted to be involved in any capacity possible! It has been such a joy to work on several productions with this organization already, and I look forward to many more!
6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Constantly trying out new ideas and seeing what works best. I’m all about exploration during the rehearsal process, and feeding off the energy of my castmates.
7. Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? I enjoy working in the comfort of my own home. I’m fortunate to have a lovely piano, and often will sit on the bench working on everything from classical repertoire to IPA to memorization. It can get uncomfortable for long periods of time – but it certainly forces me to do my work!
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? How to be honest without inhibitions. Sometimes the hardest thing is to be truthful – performing has allowed me to break down my walls and bare everything.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” – My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Rumore.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Idols of mine who I’ll never get to meet, or loved ones who have passed on. Dreams are the one place I’d be able to have deep conversations with them – even if it’s only in my head!
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? It definitely depends on the day and what mood I’m feeling! In general, I love spending time with the people closest to me, going on silly misadventures, playing a board game, mindlessly searching the internet, and vegging out listening to music.
12. Favorite skin care product? SkinJourney products are amazing – especially their lip balms! http://www.etsy.com/shop/SkinJourney
14. "Glinda" or "Elphaba"? Dorothy.