Stage Growth: Owensboro artist and performer brings experience and education to arts community | Features

Initially, a career in performing arts and theater was not on Grey’s original to-do list.

Greer, 27, who grew up in Owensboro, was already prone to the performing arts, and her mother worked as a theater teacher at Owensboro High School, although her mother’s life was never sought.

“It’s been in my life forever,” Greer said. “It was never encouraged – my mother never imposed art on us. It was like there when we wanted it. “

Greer has appeared in a number of shows, the first of which was the staging of the Missoul Children’s Theater “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the RiverPark Center in Kindergarten, where she now works as Director of Marketing and Education.

“I only had three lines, but it definitely changed my life,” Greer said. “Now working here, it’s nice that it’s over.”

But Greer admits it wasn’t an immediate thought about her future.

“I loved theater, and I enjoyed being a part of it,” Greer said. “But I never thought I would make a career out of it.”

However, Greer’s plans changed when she was a sophomore at OHS, although she wanted to work on a physically artistic side such as stage painting.

“… I went to a theater conference, saw a children’s theater play, looked at my mother and thought, ‘This is what I want to do,'” Greer said.

After graduating from OHS in 2012, Greer made her way to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia to study technical theater, but “turned” to performance before earning degrees in both.

Although she was enrolled in the competition program and initially assumed she was not participating in the show as a freshman, Greer eventually got her first college concert as Mary Warren in the movie “Crucibles,” which boosted Greer’s confidence. .

Although she demonstrated skills in both aspects, Greer said there was some pressure from the theater faculty to decide where she wanted to go.

“It was, ‘Will you be this or that?’ and I didn’t understand why I couldn’t be both, ”Greer said. “And I also think women in technology have been stigmatized in a lot of ways, and, you know, that’s all I wanted to do, and only in my senior year did they say, ‘Okay, we understand that.’ ‘”

Her finishing touch included that she played the role of Juliet in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet for her degree of performance, and she built her own balcony to gain credit for her technical abilities.

“I think you have to be well disassembled to do it anywhere in the theater,” Greer said. “That’s what will make you marketable, and I think that was the most important thing I took in high school to survive – I had to be able to do both …”

With her diplomas in hand, Greer accepted an offer she had originally received in her junior year to work at the Titan Theater Company in Queens, New York, for two years as one of nine participants in the Young Company program, and began participating in them. touring for children. shows and other social events in the city.

She also used her knowledge of costume design and set design for their productions of “Christmas Song” and “Twelfth Night”.

Greer recalls a positive experience of living and working in New York City, including landing some commercials and movies.

However, Greer notes the reality of how difficult it is to compete with people who follow similar dreams, saying she initially felt like “the smallest fish in this giant ocean,” attending about 12 auditions a week and working on a number of jobs. ranging from housewife to babysitter to pay bills.

“New York is hard – it’s incredibly hard,” Greer said. “… This is a completely different world. If you look at Owensboro, we have … four theaters, and that’s it; and go to New York – there are more theaters than churches … “.

Greer realized she needed a break, and decided to return to Owensboro in January 2018.

Although she planned to stay for only three months, Greer confronted her parents at the Fine Arts Festival at RiverPark and asked if Greer wanted to do anything for the children who didn’t star in the local Annie production.

Eventually she stayed and directed the show, still wanting to return to New York before deciding in July to open her own theater company – Bluegrass Community Theater – which is currently in its fourth season. Originally opened as a children’s theater, Greer encourages people of all ages to join in the fun.

“I just realized that Owensboro has grown so much and we need more opportunities,” Greer said. “I kept telling myself,‘ I’ll be back, I’ll be back, ’and today you couldn’t pay me enough money to come back. No, no! ”

And that move seemed right.

Since then, Greer has taken on many opportunities in the arts, such as her current position at RiverPark, her own theater troupe, and even began teaching theater students at Owensboro College of Public and Technical, while continuing to find ways to make her mark.

“(For) one show – that percentage of the community I’m referring to is a small part compared to New York,” Greer said. “… I just didn’t get the effect I wanted, whereas here I’m doing one show at RiverPark – 1,400 kids see it. Everything is different and I see the impact, whereas in New York I couldn’t. ”

One of Greer’s goals is to empower children who want to be part of an artistic community that has never had such an opportunity before, especially with BCT.

“I want these children to have such an opportunity. It will create strong children and patrons of art, ”Greer said. “We are talking about children … who would never have been given such an opportunity. And it’s not just that they perform, but also that they have a space where they feel comfortable and safe, they are loved and heard – that’s the most important thing. “

And although Greer has not acted so consistently in recent years, the love for the profession is still very much alive.

“It’s one thing that makes my heart light up,” Greer said. “… It’s a way I can release emotions, communicate things and explore things – it’s electrifying. … It’s my favorite thing in the world. “


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