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TBA Welcomes New Interns

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, November 03, 2015

We recently welcomed a fabulous cohort of interns into the Theatre Bay Area family—actors Natalie Brice, Connery Morano and Kirsten Peacock—and we want you to know all about them! Read on about these audacious, awesome up-and-comers:

Actor Natalie Brice. 
Photo: Bridget Homer  

Natalie Brice

Tell us a bit about your background in theatre?

I started acting in Pleasanton when I was around eight years old. I started off on the stage in fun children’s theatre shows at the Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company. I enjoyed it so much that I continued performing and decided to major in theatre at SFSU. I have been in The Laramie Project, Our Town, The Skriker, James and the Giant Peach, and Cinderella, among other plays. SFSU stages a lot of brand-new plays as a part of its Fringe theatre festival, and I enjoy partaking in those to support the new playwrights. I’m currently rehearsing for one, premiering in the middle of December, called Forever Chasing Smart. When I’m not in school, I teach acting and singing at the Young Actors’ Theatre Camp, an amazing and fun overnight theatre intensive program where I was once a student.

What are your theatre goals?

I want to find a well-rounded approach to theatre. I would love to continue acting, but recently, I’ve enjoyed discovering all the different parts of working in theatre that aren’t acting. I’d like to partake in casting at some point, for the art of it as well as experiencing a casting director’s relationship with actors.

Why did you choose TBA for your professional internship?

Initially, I heard that TBA offered its interns the opportunity to observe the General Auditions, which immediately caught my interest. I then started learning about all of the useful administrative experience I would get from being an insider at this respectable organization. I have been here for a few weeks, working on planning the annual awards ceremony, and I’ve been learning so much about current theatre events across the Bay Area. It’s been very useful for gaining knowledge about what’s happening in the community.

What has been your favorite theatre triumph (or disaster) thus far?

I studied abroad to England last year, and struggled to get cast in anything for a while, probably due to the difference in my accent and slight cultural differences having to do with sense of humor, particularly in auditions. I finally found a theatre student at my University who was directing her own new play; she cast me in it, and it ended up being performed at the town’s environmental festival. A lot of people in the Norwich community were happy to come and see it. It was an extremely gratifying part of my journey!


Actor Connery Morano.
Photo: Paul Mauer

Connery Morano

Tell us a bit about your background in theatre?

I began studying intensive black-box ensemble-style performance in high school. I then decided to pursue a theatre degree from San Francisco State University, including studying Viewpoints with Mark Jackson. The most rewarding aspect of my work thus far has been collaborating with my directors in student productions.

What are your theatre goals?

To pursue and achieve dynamic and engaging roles in the professional Bay Area theatre scene.

 Why did you choose TBA for your professional internship?

I chose TBA out of admiration for the resources they provide to theatre artists, as well as interest in learning more about the theatre community. 

What has been your favorite theatre triumph (or disaster) thus far?

My favorite triumph has been the fulfilling work I’ve done studying the Meisner Technique with Barbara Damashek, and the growth it has helped me to achieve as a performer.


Actor Kirsten Peacock. 
Photo: Benjamin Drews  
Kirsten Peacock

Tell us a bit about your background in theatre?

I’ve been performing since I was a wee bairn. I graced the stage in a fantastic, red sparkly tutu in preschool and never looked back. I grew up in Norway, then went to the University of Kent in England to study drama for my undergraduate degree. I did a year abroad at UC Berkeley and fell in love with the Bay Area. I returned to the UK to complete my undergraduate masters in theatre directing. Since then I have been jumping between the UK, Norway and here—acting, choreographing, creating and directing. I’ve worked in a lot of styles from classical to musical to devised theatre.

What are your theatre goals?

I would like a daytime job in theatre—working in arts administration or education—and then to found my own immersive/interactive, site-specific theatre company (ideally with a tight-knit ensemble of multi-talented players who take on different roles for each performance). I would love to have a barn or a shelter of sorts out in nature that we can use as a base for rehearsals, and then take the shows on international tours. Dream big.

Why did you choose TBA for your professional internship?

I returned to the Bay Area to gain as much experience as possible in theatre. First thing I did before moving back in 2014 was sign up for TBA, and it has been the most valuable resource for me while searching for acting and directing work. Now that I am focusing on broadening my skills in the arts, I started searching for opportunities in arts administration. TBA is a flagship of a theatre organization; why wouldn’t I aim for an internship with a company that can give me the most dynamic experience, train me across a variety of fields and expose me to almost all of the theatre happening in the Bay Area?

What has been your favorite theatre triumph (or disaster) thus far?

Oh, I am the worst at choosing favorites. I have been fretting about this answer for five minutes. And I reckon it’s a tad too inappropriate to mention disastrous, accidental, indecent exposure on a family-friendly website.


Well, that's a wrap! Please say hello to these fantastic folks when you see them out and about. 

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Radhika Rao says...
Posted Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Welcome Natalie, Connery and Kirsten!! Kirsten, it was fun to chat last week and hope to stay in touch with you! Good luck, interns and thanks for all you do!
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Laura Brueckner says...
Posted Wednesday, November 04, 2015
They are pretty great, aren't they? Thanks for welcoming them, Radhika! *warm fuzzy*
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