Meet the Artist: Kristin Hammargren
What brought you to acting?
I started singing first. I grew up going to touring Broadway shows with my parents. In seventh grade I saw the high school do Grease and I suddenly thought, "maybe I could do that!" I was in musicals all through junior high and high school, and originally went to college to study voice (at Lawrence University). Halfway through my program I realized that I liked the acting part more than the music part so I switched my focus and ended up going to graduate school for acting.
What did 10-year-old Kristin think she'd be when she grew up?
The first female president. I was really into politics.
What is the greatest challenge of playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
I've been trying to make her annoying in a very earnest and likable way -- finding that balance.
What do you hope that Shakespeare in the Park fans will take away from A Midsummer Night's Dream?
I think Midsummer has all of the elements of a great comedy -- magic, love, mischief, BIG characters. I hope people see it and feel that what they're watching and (hopefully) enjoying is relevant to popular entertainment today. Compare it to a summer blockbuster movie and you should see a lot of similarities. We're still building on top of Shakespeare's foundation, which is interesting in an academic sense, but also really cool in a cultural sense. Storytelling is timeless.
Other than yourself (!) who should play you in the feature film of your life?
Jennifer Lawrence is welcome to try!
What Shakespeare character's personality do you most resemble?
Beatrice from Much Ado.
What's your superpower?
Leaving Costco with only the 2 items on my list!
Tragedy, comedy or history?
Comedy. Or, really, just The Tempest!
Truth or dare?
Truth. I cannot tell a lie.
I love Celine Dion and I'm proud of it.
More about Kristin:
Kristin is excited to join Optimist for another summer of Shakespeare in the Park. She was last seen with the company as Rosalind in Shakespeare in the Park's 2013 producion of As You Like It. Recent credits include two tours with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' fall education program and performances of her original one-woman show about Jane Austen, Discovering Austen.
Other professional work includes Door Shakespeare, Forward Theater Company, American Players Theatre,
and Madison Opera. She earned her MFA in Acting from University of Wisconsin -- Madison.
Look for Kristin performing in Milwaukee in Ernest in Love with In Tandem next spring, as well as in several local performances of Discovering Austen. Keep up with her via her website.
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