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.

Lindsay Zae Summers | Actor

Q: When did you know you wanted to dedicate your career to the arts?
A: I’d known that I wanted to be a theater artist as early as my memory can go back to. I spent a lot of time mimicking films, and cartoons, and TV shows that I’d watched as a child, thenI’d go run around outside by myself with all these made up story lines and perform an entire play. Just me, myself, and I. At some point I’d identified that I was “acting”, and what an “actor” was, and I knew that’s what i was doing, and that’s what I needed to spend the rest of my life doing. I just needed the words to communicate it.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: Because theater’s origins are in communal ritual. it derives from storytelling that reflected the society in which the story was being told, in order to address cultural institutions and values. It is consistent in its purpose. as long as there is community, there will be theater; and as long as there is theater, there will be community.

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: I’m excited about the effort that everyone involved puts forth in order to make our workshops, our rehearsals, our program the absolute best that it can be. We’re having conversations about our six weeks with Intiman, but we’re also having conversations about next summer’s program. I’m excited about this program only being in its second year, and i’m so excited to see where it goes.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: On our first day, for about 3 hours, we all shared poems, monologues, whatever we wanted. between that first introduction to my cohort and now, it feels like two months time as opposed to just two weeks. That reference point for where we were as a collective whole and where we are now is so poignant in my memory because of all thats shaped and molded us since then. It’s only been two weeks!

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: August Wilson’s The Ground on Which I Stand.

Lindsay Zae Summers made her acting debut as Toto in a 2004 production of The Wizard of Oz with Missoula’s Childrens Theater. This was in Maryland, at the age of 10. Since then, she has left her hometown to study theatre at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, where she is expected to complete their BFA program in 2017. Recent credits: Force Continuum (UW School of Drama), Jungalbook (Cornish College of the Arts), and And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi (Sound Theater Company).

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.