NBYT is beginning a series of staff profiles, and our first featured staff member is Brooke Ferguson, who will be directing The Lion King Jr this summer.
Brooke is a 2014 graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a BFA in Theater Performance. She began as a Teaching Assistant with NBYT in 2011, and she’s now a Teaching Artist and Director, having co-directed all of NBYT’s “Little Kids on Stage” productions and its summer productions since 2015. Brooke is also a Floor Director at The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts. She enjoys performing theater among the Connecticut community, and her favorite roles include Mme. Thénardier in Les Misérables, LeFou in Beauty and the Beast, and Gloria Hawkins in Boeing Boeing. Brooke can also be found improvising with her troupe, History of the Future, at Sea Tea Improv in Hartford.
Five Questions for Brooke
How did you first get involved with theater?
I saw my friends in a Christmas play when I was 9 and knew I had to be up on stage! I’ve been hooked ever since.
What’s your favorite thing about working at NBYT?
It’s really quite magical when everything comes together and everyone is proud of themselves after the first performance. Also, the ridiculous things kids say!!!
If you could have dinner with a character from any play, who would you choose and why?
Probably the Phantom. I’d love to pick his brain and understand his psyche. I might even be serenaded!
If you were a superhero, what superpowers would you have?
Intangibility (walking through walls). I would never be late!
What advice do you have for kids getting started in theater?
Everyone is new at some point, but you will be successful if you listen to your directors and do your best. And remember to have fun!