Actress Takes the Stage in the Big Apple
In New York City, the theatrical scene is so large and competitive that a professional actor could go to several auditions every day and never land a part. Such is not the experience of 2004 drama graduate Jamie Rezanour. She has been demonstrating her acting chops in the Big Apple for a year, landed a job following one of her first auditions there, and is presently in yet another paying production—this one with Epic Theatre Ensemble at Culture Project.
Like her fellow performers in Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” the talented Rezanour plays multiple roles, showcasing her acting range.
“I play the character Mistress Overdone, a very bawdy woman and owner of a brothel, and I play a nun in few other scenes.” Rezanour said.
An earlier performance as Helena in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” drew praise in a New York Times review.
“It was so exciting to see my name in the New York Times,” she said.
Fluent in Spanish, the smart marketer successfully promotes herself as a “Texas-born Latina/Persian actress.”
“Being bilingual is a huge asset, and diversity is desirable,” Rezanour said. “It sets me apart from others to have a multi-ethnic and interesting look.”
In the city that never sleeps, Rezanour remembers where and when her theatrical spark activated.
“I wasn’t involved in high school theatre, but at UST I went to audition on the second day of school,” she recalled. “I was watching the other actors perform, and that fire inside of me woke up, and I knew this was where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do.”
The creative young woman with a compelling public presence calls getting her degree at UST “a great experience” and “the right path for me.”
“Because it’s a smaller university, I got lots of stage experience there and worked with a tight-knit group of actors,” Rezanour said.
Today, she realizes the important role UST played in preparing her for success.
“One of the most valuable skills from UST that has helped me develop as an artist was good ensemble building—learning how to work within a group. In a production, it’s not just about you. It’s about the story and the other actors. We had a great group at UST, very talented.”
The warm welcome she gets from actors in NYC has been a pleasant surprise.
Rezanour said, “I was very apprehensive at first, but the theatre community here is supportive and welcoming. We’re all in the same boat, working hard to fulfill our dreams.
“There is a lot of competition and things can be tough, but I just have to be able to say that I tried it.”
Like so many who came to NYC before her, Rezanour knows that if she can make it there, she can make it anywhere.