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.

Alexandra Kronz | Actor

Q: When did you know you wanted to dedicate your career to the arts?
A: I have been involved with performing arts since childhood, and was set on having a career in the arts from a very young age, but in my mid teens I had a bad injury that ended my competitive dance career and I convinced myself not to pursue anything artistic professionally.  I graduated college with a Bachelor of Science, planning to apply to grad school for cognitive neuroscience…and then started teaching full time at a dance studio and taking visual art commissions.  I realized that I can’t keep myself away from the arts if I try, and I’m just not the type to half-ass anything so how could I talk myself out of pursuing it professionally?  15-year-old me is happy with this decision, and honestly so is 19-year-old me, even if she wouldn’t have said so at the time.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A:  I am fundamentally interested in humans, how we relate to each other, how we think, how we feel, and how we treat each other.  And how we might be able to do all of those things with more kindness.  This might be a cliched answer to the question, but I think sometimes cliches exist because they do represent some truth a lot of people agree on (saying that is also cliched-see what I did there). I think theater gives artists and audiences an opportunity to explore different facets of human experience and emotion.  Fiction is a safer place than your everyday life to explore risk, to try to unpack dark and twisted things, to call out prejudice and discrimination and humanize – not pity or martyr – the recipients of this hatred, to try to understand people who (you think) are very different from yourself.  I think that space of exploration, sometimes uncomfortable questioning and open discussion is invaluable to a society, and I certainly find it critical to somewhat-satisfy my continued curiosity about people – they’re just so strange and endlessly interesting!

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: The mission of Intiman itself is very much in alignment with my beliefs and values.  I am so so thrilled to not only be working with and making connections through a theater company that actively gives a platform to relevant, diverse theater and theater artists, but also to get to work with the other artists in my cohort.  This group is extraordinarily gifted, but there are a lot of gifted artists – my cohort was also selected on the basis of their values and goals as artists…and damn good people as well!  This program is a fantastic introduction to Seattle theater – it’s also just plain good for my heart.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: The intensive first week of the program was a phenomenal experience.  Not only did we bond and develop an incredibly deep level of emotional intimacy with each other shockingly quickly, we also got to perform for each other and create art together multiple times during the first week. Watching our Friday performances of our first week projects, I was floored by the talent level of this group, and knew I was incredibly lucky to be counted as one of them.  Honestly…I’m feeling myself a little, if I look to either side, see people that good, and know I was selected along with them. I won’t deny that bit of ego.

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: The humans who I personally know.  I could probably list some artists but thinking honestly about this question and what it means to me today, it’s the people in my life who I’m scared of, who I’m drawn to, whose talents inspire me to work harder, whose behaviors baffle me, who I love.

More: Alexandra Kronz is a dancer, singer, actor and visual artist/illustrator, and could not be more thrilled at the opportunity to deepen her connection to Seattle theater through IEAP.  She is a graduate of of the University of Washington, where she worked on many Undergraduate and School of Drama shows while earning a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Linguistics.  She also recently received classical training in visual art through the Studio Arts Intensive Program at Gage Academy of Art.  Seattle credits include; portrait oil painting for The Life Model (On The Boards), choreography/performance in Magnifique (Julia’s on Broadway), LinkUp Concerts (Seattle Symphony), performance of unpublished Brahms arrangements (The Gilded Quire),Songs Of Fatherhood (WhateverandeverAmen), and Outdoor Trek (HelloEarth Productions).  Alexandra is currently working on an interview/portrait and figure drawing project with Seattle area professional dancers of all styles, exploring injury and dance.  You can keep up with her and find some of her visual art at

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.