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.

Will Lippman | Actor

Q: When did you know you wanted to dedicate your career to the arts?
A: In high school I naturally gravitated towards the theatre kids, so it was really just a matter of time. Once I was there it just felt like home.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: Someone said once that the theatre is the only place you can go to see people be honest with each other, and that really resonates with me. It’s somehow easier to tell the truth through imaginary situations, and that helps provoke the bigger conversations about what kind of society we want to be.

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: Already it’s exposed me to fascinating perspectives I otherwise might not have heard. Being surrounded by brilliant artists makes every day an opportunity to learn and grow as both an actor and as a person.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: We were assigned a project to create short pieces based on Adrienne Kennedy’s life, and it was a great opportunity both to get to know her better and to get a sense of the range of perspectives in our group.

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: I don’t know if I could name a biggest, but it was watching Dustin Hoffman’s performances that inspired me to be an actor, so he’s a major figure for me.

Will Lippman is an actor and Seattle native. He recently graduated from Central Washington University’s acting program with a BFA in Performance. Most recently, he had the pleasure of being a part of Psycho Beach Party at Fantastic Z as Yo Yo, and has also worked with Arouet in its production of The Paddle: Justice Vs. Forgiveness. Will is delighted and grateful to be a part of 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.