Alex Highsmith HeadshotAlex Highsmith is a newcomer to Seattle, a Utah native with Washington roots, growing up visiting family here at Christmas. After graduating from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts in 2011, Alex travelled the country with the National Players, performing as Kate in Taming of the Shrew and Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men. She’s no stranger to intense female roles, also playing Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa and the title role in Hedda Gabler.

Alex will portray Harper Pitt, a Mormon housewife struggling with a Valium addiction and its incessant hallucinations, not to mention her husband’s closeted battle with his sexual identity.

Fun Fact: Alex is learning to play the ukulele.

How did you first encounter Angels in America?

I think the first time Angels came on my radar was freshman year of college at Boston University. I had just moved to the east coast from Salt Lake City, and was being inundated with the kinds of art and perspective I thought only occurred in coming-of-age films. Some of my peers did a scene from Angels, and I was totally stunned. Four of them put on this gritty version of the overlapping scene between Harper/Joe and Louis/Prior and blew everyone away. To this day, I see those guys in my head every time I read the script. Just hope I can do them justice.

What’s the most challenging role you’ve tackled?

My professional career isn’t terribly extensive–I graduated from college in 2011–but the hardest role I’ve ever played would have to be Hedda from Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Aside from the obvious age difference between Hedda and me, there was also the style of the period and deep psychological turmoil of the character to understand. AND on top of that, my director was a little experimental, so while I was learning to breathe in a corset and waxing depressed, I was also covered in body shimmer and dangling from a 40-foot steel tower smack in the center of the stage, surrounded by faceless shadow people. It was fun, but I really can’t say I nailed it. (Although, if I can ever say I “really nailed” something, I should probably find a new vocation.)

What do you love to do in Seattle?

Well, I just moved here in October, so this is a tough one! I used to come to Washington for Christmas, so my old answer would’ve been “visiting grandma’s house!” Now, however, I think my favorite thing to do in Seattle is take advantage of all the free stuff: First Thursdays at SAM, visiting Gasworks Park when it’s sunny, hiking Mt. Si up in North Bend, grocery shopping at Pike Place Market on the weekend, and, of course, going dancing on Capitol Hill… Girl can’t help it 🙂