Alumnus of the Month – Rebecca Grimes
Rebecca Grimes graduated from the Full Time Actor Training Course at the Gaiety School of Acting in 2008. Rebecca is currently appearing in DA by Hugh Leonard at The Gate Theatre. It is her debut performance at the theatre. The show runs until the end of March. Rebecca was recently featured in U Magazine as ‘One to Watch-2012.’
1. Did you always want to work in the theatre/acting business?
Yes, I was always interested in it growing up but I didn’t really realise you could actually do it as your job!
2. How did you start off in the business?
After school I did a post leaving certificate course in Theatre Performance and then after that I got work with the Passion Machine Theatre Company. About a year later, I decided to go back to college for more training and attended the Gaiety School for two years.
3. Any tips for aspiring actors?
Be on time, know your lines, do some research before you go into the audition or rehearsal room so you can talk about the piece. Go see lots of theatre to get a sense of what you like or dislike.
4. What did you like most about being at The Gaiety School of Acting?
The really strong network of friends I came out with, and the safety while being in there of being able to fail spectacularly with no-one (really!) judging you
5. Favourite actor?
I love Owen Roe in everything I see him in! Working with him has been a huge privilege.
6. Favourite writer?
Mark O’Rowe. I also love Marina Carr and Sean McLoughlin.
7. Favourite play?
Hmmm, It is either ‘Terminus’, by Mark O’Rowe, ‘The Pride of Parnell Street’ by Sebastian Barry or ‘Noah & The Tower flower’ by Sean Mc Loughlin.
8. Who has been the most influential person in your life so far?
My mother! Without a doubt.
9. Earliest memory?
I’m not sure if I actually remember this or if I just saw a video in later years, but I recall singing “Little Flower” and doing a very creative dance for my family when I was about 3 years old in California!
10. What would be your idea of the perfect day?
Rehearsing a play that I have written during the day and performing in something else at night – greedy!