This is part of a series about our 2016 Emerging Artists. They will perform selections from three powerful plays by Black women, August 5-7, for Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Showcase. Join us for this free show! LEARN MORE.

Aaron Jin | Actor

Q: How did you first get involved with theatre?
A: My first exposure in theatre was a lovely middle school production of Peter Pan, where I was cast as Mr. Darling. It was a lovely role and lots of girls screamed for me, which, even though I was gay, was still lovely.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: The shared experience of discovery and creation with a group of intelligent, hard-working, and talented human beings that cycles through over and over is something that I’ve been hard-pressed to find replicated elsewhere in the world. Besides, everyone could use a little reminder of what it means to be human.

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: Just being in a room of other artists full of talent and intention. I remember watching everybody share part of their work on the first day and thinking to myself “I’m supposed to have as much potential as the rest of them?” Every day is a new blessing.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: One day we were cooling down after a weighted discussion on how we want the discussion of racial equity to continue in our work with a collective breath in and a collective breath out and then a singular burp from me. It was one for the history books.

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My biggest inspirations are people who unashamedly tell their truth, people who are kind without reason, and people who remind their friends that they love them.

Aaron Jin is an actor, dancer, and avid writer of Facebook statuses. He is studying drama at the University of Washington and working with Big Fish NW. Recent work includes a staged reading of The Tale of the Heike (UW/ACT Theatre), choreographing Hello My Baby! (TeenSelect), and acting in Catch Me if You Can (KIDSTAGE Issaquah); up next is directing with UW’s Undergraduate Theater Society. He is grateful to be working with this electric group of people and loves Celine Dion.

Join us for our Emerging Artist Showcase August 5-7 at Seattle Repertory Theatre. We will feature selections from three plays: The Owl Answers and A Movie Star Has To Star In Black And White by Adrienne Kennedy and Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván. The show is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE.