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.

Shermona Mitchell | Actor

Q: When did you know you wanted to dedicate your career to the arts?
A: I had a teacher in high school who was trying to get new members for the drama department and saw me walk by.  She asked me to read a monologue and make her laugh, then she had me to read the same monologue and make her cry, to which I did both, it was then I realized I might be on to something.  After earning my BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts and working professionally for eight years, I took a year long break from theater.  During that break I realized how important theater was to the world, to the community of Seattle and to me.  I realized I had a gift and like all great gifts they are best when shared.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: I LOVE stories! To me, telling stories is how we reconnect to and sometimes find our humanity.  To me, theater is about telling your part of the story -no more, no less.  Not to mention , I get to pretend, get to dress up in amazing costumes and play for a living, it is called a play  for a reason!

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: What doesn’t excite me about the Emerging Artist Program?!  I’m surrounded by artists who see a challenge and lean in, people who are brilliant and are willing to jump in at anytime.  I have been given prespective on so many issues, I have learned from these artist and these issues and have had the opportunity to share this with other artist outside of the program as well.  I have reconnected with my mission as an artist, I have had the chance to revist tools /techniques I had been exposed to before and have been blessed to learn for them once again, for which I am truly grateful.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A:  I will have a lifetime memory of reading fellow Emerging Artist, Inda Craig-Galvan’s play,  Black Super Hero Magic Mama.  The timing of this play could not come at a better time, she nails it, and I can’t wait for people to see it!

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: I’m a big fan of the “lady pioneers” as I like to call them. Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker and Evelenia Mitchell (my mother).  I love women who boldly say, “I’m here, and I’m not going away anytime soon!”  They don’t hide their light, they dare to be unique and they respect their craft enough to give all of themselves to it.  They are Powerhouses, and they are my people!

Shermona is a local actor, director and teaching artist. She is electrified to be apart of Intiman’s Emerging Artist Program and the Intiman family!  Originally from Kentucky, Shermona moved to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Theater. She has been seen locally working with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Anything Is Possible Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, Theater Schmeater, The Collision Project, Copious Love, Seattle Public Theatre and most recently with STAGEright!  She is a staff member for both Copious Love and Sound Theatre company and a haus member The Haus of Glitterbeast. Look for her next in Civic Repatory Theatre’s production of Trojan Women.

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.