This week, we meet Lindsey Arquilla of Chicago who joined TWS back in 1995.
Q. Why did you join TWS?
A. My mom, Chris Arquilla, noticed something in me that needed to be expressed on-stage. Due to her community involvement/connections as a realtor in the area, she knew of CTWS and enrolled me as a young child and joined the board herself.
Q. Go back in time. When did you discover you had an interest in theatre/drama?
A. Probably birth… I’ve been an actor for as long as I can remember. I live and breathe the stuff.
Q. At TWS, have you worked on a crew, backstage or lobby?
A. I’ve worked on numerous crews from makeup to props to hospitality to paint; you name it. I enthralled myself into TWS in any/every way I could.
Q. At TWS, do you (or do you hope to) act on stage?
A. Yes… acting is my passion. There is nothing in this world that can match the feeling of being on a stage and doing what I love to do most in the world – portray human emotion for others to relate and connect to and with.
Q. What is your impression of TWS thus far?
A. TWS is home to me. I’ve been coming to TWS since as long as I can remember (nearly 20 years). My parents have said numerous times that TWS has, in large part, helped make me who I am. My confidence and strength in character can definitely be routed back to the start of my career with TWS. Once I joined my high school theatre department in 2002, I wasn’t able to participate fully in both my high school program and TWS. I participated in theatre in college and have missed it since. In the past year, my boyfriend Jim has nudged me to go back to TWS, and I’m so grateful for his support. Coming back to TWS is so comforting – the smells, the hallways, the stage… There’s nothing like it in the world.
Q. TWS has flourished for 85 years. Can you tell why?
A. I believe it is the community and the passion from the actives. There aren’t many theatres like TWS, one that is so welcoming and encourages members to get involved and support one another, one that consistently enriches its audience with smart theatre. The suburbs are spoiled by TWS’ crews, actors and directors, and it doesn’t even know it yet.
Q. Tell about something at TWS that was, is, or will be a really big thrill for you.
A. Stepping out on to Mainstage again for the first time in almost 15 years.
Q. List three things you want to give TWS.
A. Talent, passion and commitment.
Q. List three things you hope TWS will give you.
A. Support, direction and inspiration.Tags: Theatre of Western Springs