We have a great team of working theatre professionals teaching our youth theatre classes. Erin Lamb started with us as a summer camp counselor for Performing Arts Camp last year and then took on the mammoth challenge of designing the costumes for the JCCS fall production of Cats.
She is now on board as one of our Assistant Directors for our JCCS production of Seussical. She sat down with us to share a little bit about her background and passion for the arts.
At what age did you enter the world of theatre?
I became interested in theatre when I was about 17. I grew up in a small town and theatre was never on the radar of the people in that town, so I got a late start. But once I found that it was my passion, I went full force into pursuing it.
When did you realize that this was going to be a career path for you?
I knew that theatre was my passion as soon as I was cast in my first show. I thought singing was my passion when I was younger because it was the only way I knew how to express myself, but when I joined theatre I finally felt that the missing piece was filled.
What is your favorite aspect of the theatre?
I love the creative building process in the rehearsal room.
Outside of the J, what performances do you have lined up next?
I will be performing in is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance in April.
What is your dream role?
I have many dream roles so it is extremely hard to narrow it down, but the role that I most want and that I could do my best in would be Amneris from Aida.
Of all the theatrical projects you’ve worked on, which one was your favorite?
My favorite role was Thea Elvsted from Hedda Gabbler, but my favorite experience in a role was as a Jet Girl in West Side Story. We had an amazing cast and it was the most fun I have had on stage. West Side Story also helped me realize that if you have a great ensemble you can have a wonderful show.
What do you enjoy about teaching theatre?
I love helping to provide performing arts to children and I hope that I have the opportunity to change the life of a child for the better through theatre.
Tell us something fun about you!
I can make several bird noises using my voice!