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.

Klara Cerris | Actor

Q: How did you first get involved with theatre? or When did you know you wanted to dedicate your career to the arts?
A: During college, I took a beginning acting class when I debated about studying law. I met an important mentor who taught that class and encouraged me to pursue acting. I never turned back.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: I am able to make mistakes and share stories with strangers. It is personal and intimate. The process is different from anything else in this world.

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: It brings a diverse ensemble together who share different experiences that helps me grow as an actor. Furthermore, we have incredibly difficult and beautiful shows that provoke thought. It is far from boring and incredibly hard. This meets my goal as an actor to continuously stretch myself.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: Enabling a “third room” conversation among mixed race folks where I discovered I am a woman who is a person of color that happens to be more privileged. I now embrace both groups.

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My father

Klara Cerris is originally from the borderland El Paso, TX and recently located to Seattle in late 2015. She completed her BFA in Performance at the University of Texas at El Paso. Favorite roles include Pace Creagan in The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Solange in The Maids, and Kona in Here We Almost Are. She is thrilled to begin her journey in Seattle through IEAP!

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.