Hey New Classics friends and family! We’re thrilled to be returning to the barn and we couldn’t be more excited about all the incredibly talented artists that will be joining us this year. That’s why, over the next few weeks, we’ll be shining the New Classics spotlight on some of our newest members. This week, we’re thrilled to learn a little bit more about our newest full time member, Aisha Stewart. We sat down and got to know her better.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well I’m currently in my second semester of Senior year at Bridgewater State University, which means I’ll be a recent college graduate by the time I join NCC this summer. I’ve been studying Physical Education and I’ve really loved it. It’s allowed me to do some really important and rewarding work with organizations like the Healthy Children Project. But theatre’s always been the other big passion. I’ve been performing since I was thirteen and did some stage managing in Boston when I was little older. I also spent a few years with Chifforobe in Providence, RI, as a stage manager and occasional performer. They let me try out some of my more interesting acts, including contortion and juggling. I moved to the Cape a few years ago to work for Cotuit Center for the Arts as a stage manager for their production of Company, and the rest as they say is history. I’ve done a lot of work with them over the last few years, but the big highlights have definitely been Stop Kiss, Oleana, and Center of Gravity.
What brings you to New Classics this summer?
Well I first heard about New Classics at Cotuit from Tristan DiVincenzo. I had worked with Matt for a little while, both at Cotuit and at the Healthy Children Project, and we had always been friends on a just sort of goofy level. So when Tristan told me that Matt had a theatre company, I immediately had to find out how to get involved. Though Matt played kind of shy and humble at first, he eventually told me more about it, and I was really excited by the kind of atmosphere and opportunities he was talking about. I was really interested in being a part of something new and the chance to bring my ideas to an organization that really needed them.
Tell us a bit more about the projects you’ll be working on New Classics.
Well I’ll be joining New Classics this summer as their newest full time member, and so most of my work will be in the administrative side. You’ll definitely see me working the box office and managing the house most nights, so don’t be shy! But I’ll also be curating our special events series. With two big original productions on the schedule for this year, I’m really looking forward to having the special events bring the classics back to New Classics. I think the staged readings are going to help with that mission a lot. I’m also hoping to schedule some movie screenings for this summer, which I think could be a great opportunity to build a community around those sort of shared classics.
What excites you about working with New Classics?
I think what I’m most excited about for this summer is the chance to just work with a bunch of goobers. I think that when theatre becomes a career, it can become very easy to lose yourself in it, and really get buried by the seriousness and the weight of it all. I’m excited to work with a group of people who want to work hard and create professional quality art, but also want to have a good time and never take themselves too seriously.
Getting to know you better:
What’s your favorite band/album?
The Silversun Pickups
What’s your favorite play?
Stop Kiss by Diana Son
What’s your favorite book?
I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
What’s your favorite movie?
Guardians of the Galaxy
If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Would you rather be a carrot or a potato?
If you could say one thing to our audience, what would it be?
Come hang out with us! We’re fun!
We couldn’t be more excited to have Aisha with us this summer and we can’t wait to see what she’s going to bring to the barn! In the meantime, don’t forget to check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/newclassicscompany, and check out this summer’s IndieGoGo campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-classics-second-annual-summer-in-the-barn. Swing on by this summer to see Aisha and the rest of the New Classics gang in action. We can’t wait to see you at the barn!