Maggie Tisdale is a local celebrity in the Denver theatre scene, and we are lucky enough to have her as a part of DCT’s Sleeping Beauty (she’s playing Queen Guinevere)!
Having received her training from the world-renowned Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Maggie is truly a master of her craft. Read about Maggie’s journey to DCT and what inspired her to take up a career in acting.
How long have you been performing with DCT?
Maggie Tisdale: This is my second show with DCT, although the last one was 11 years ago! I love working with Steve Wilson and the staff at DCT and I’m thrilled to be back.
What’s your favorite thing about being an actor?
MT: I love that being an actor gives me license to explore different time periods and cultures. I’m a voracious reader; I love learning and studying human nature. But my absolute favorite part of being an actor is collaborating with a team of storytellers to create a compelling piece of art.
If you were a child, what would mesmerize you about this particular production of Sleeping Beauty?
MT: This production features a Sleeping Beauty that audiences are not used to seeing! She is strong willed, she stands up for herself, she questions authority (when it’s appropriate!) and she can sword fight! I also love the many comedic moments we have created. This production has some wonderful lessons about the importance of friendship and loyalty, and I hope the children are inspired to be kind and tenacious in their daily lives.
Who is your favorite actor/actress? What inspired you to act?
MT: One of my favorite actors is Laura Linney. She is so honest in every performance which I find so inspiring. I’ve wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember, and I was fortunate to have some wonderful mentors growing up, one of whom was Steve Wilson. He guided me from such a young age, inspiring me to be honest in every performance, to actively study and always work to improve. He is also responsible for my acceptance to NYU!
What advice do you have for young actors who are just starting out?
MT: Young actors need a strong support system. This can be a very lonely profession and surrounding yourself with loyal people who believe in you, but will also be honest with you, is vital. You should also read as much as you can, study film, and see as much live theatre as you can. Finally, it is important to understand your type, or what roles you can feasibly play. Casting often comes down to type, which is something the actor cannot control. Focus on what you *can* control, which, ultimately, is your preparation. And break a leg!