Philicia Saunders

 


  Hailing from the City of the Angeles Philicia’s first appearance as an actor with the Watts Village Theater Company was in a staged reading of In the Absence of Light by Lynn Manning.  After graduating from Princeton University, Philicia studied classical Shakespeare acting at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. While at Princeton University she appeared in Troy: After and Before; Boris Godunov and her senior thesis a one-woman show, Fires in the Mirror by Anna Deavere Smith were she played 23 characters with seven different dialects.  She made her Los Angeles acting debut at the Ark Theatre Company as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Philicia attended the Guthrie Theater for Graduate Actors in Training in Minneapolis, Minnesota and appeared in Time Sensitive directed by Marcela Lorca. She returned to Los Angeles to complete her M.F.A. in acting at UCLA. At UCLA she appeared as Chris and New Merritt in Eat the Runt; Myra Arundel in Hay Fever; Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife; Mrs. Two, and the Stout Lady in The Adding Machine. Though acting is her first priority she finds time for an occasional synchronize swim, baking scrumptious goodies, writing anime stories and studying the Japanese language.   


Interview with Philicia

1. How did you get involved in theater? When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

I got involved in theater when I was really young. I was a student athlete (swimmer) my entire childhood, and I found theater in third grade, which really created a balance for me artistically as well as socially. I knew I wanted to be an actor in our sixth grade production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. I played love-struck Malvolio - and it has been one of my favorite characters to play to this day.

2. What kind of theater inspires you?

Documentary theater really inspires me. I got a chance to do a one-woman show during my undergrad. It was called Fires in the Mirror, by Anna Deavere Smith. Anna Deavere Smith is known for tackling social issues and conducting interviews that mold her plays. She plays all of the characters. When I performed her piece - all 26 characters - I really saw the play in a whole new light: how the characters (with different social statuses, religions, views, races, etc) were all connected in a way. That kind of theater really is intriguing and powerful to me.


3. Who/What has been your biggest inspiration to you as an actor?

My mother. She has been the one by my side all the way. She has always been supportive of my dreams, and I am truly thankful for that.

4. What's your role in Hollywood In the Hood? Why did you want to work on this show?

My role in Hollywood In the Hood is Crazy Horse. I wanted to work on this show because I’ve worked with Lynn Manning (playwright) before, and I really love his plays and the characters that he creates.

5. In one word, what is the one thing you are most excited about for the show?

Rapping!

6. What can we do to learn more about you?

Visit my personal website! www.PhiliciaSaunders.com

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