Miracle Sister: Kirsten Childs
Ladies and gentlemen, please meet the remarkable Ms. Kirsten Childs. In addition to penning the musicals, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin and Miracle Brothers, she’s also an accomplished actress, having worked on film and Broadway. She was kind enough to answer a few questions.
Musical Theater Writer
How you became involved in the theater:
I was a modern dancer hired by a choreographer who for months wouldn’t let me dance in his dance concerts because he said I wasn’t ready and yes, it begs the question so why the hell did he hire me, but moving on, I learned about an open call audition for a touring Broadway show and bogarded my way into a chorus part. And proceeded to learn about the history of theater from some of the most knowledgeable and fun and out of their minds theater history professors in the world – chorines and chorus boys.
What makes a piece of theater extraordinary:
the ability to elicit:
a collective audience gasp
a moment of blinding clarity
unashamed and uncontrollable weeping, especially from folks not prone to sentiment
What shows from the past several years have stayed with you:
Take Me Out, I Am My Own Wife, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Eli’s Comin’, Intimate Apparel, Where Do We Live?, 9 Parts Of Desire, Syringa Tree, Dessa Rose, Breath, Boom, Doubt
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