VISITORS: What drew you to BIG WORK?
CHRISTA: I loved the idea that it tackled something that I was going through currently – finding that balance between pursuing my artistic endeavors while simultaneously wanting to be fulfilled in the "workplace." It's something I related to intrinsically, and I was immediately drawn to it and wanted to be a part of it. I feel like the opportunity presented itself at the perfect time in my life.
VISITORS: What's your philosophy about the role work should play in your life?
CHRISTA: A part of me believes that work should add to your life and that you should be a little fulfilled, passionate about your work, and feel energized on a Monday morning. The other side of me believes that working in your passion is the only way to be whole. The OTHER part of me believes in balance, that through your work you can achieve a whole different level of personal growth that you can’t find in your passion and vice versa. I also believe that people can be genuinely fulfilled in their “jobs.” As of now, I am reveling in the balance I have found between my career and acting. I feel like I can pick and choose the roles I want to go for, and am also going through a really cool growth experience at work.
VISITORS: What attracts you about working in theatre?
CHRISTA: The sense of community about bringing universal issues and ideas to life. There are so many universal things that human beings experience but for whatever reason, we don’t talk about them. Theatre makes it okay. Theatre brings people together from all backgrounds and experiences and for a moment the world stops. It’s just you and the play, living through the words, bringing forward the truth; it is therapy for me. Theatre has helped me cope. It’s given me sisters, and has helped me grow in ways that I can’t explain. I found my voice, my niche.
VISITORS: You're hosting a dinner party. Which three people – alive or dead – do you invite?
CHRISTA: Viola Davis, Jill Scott, and Elizabeth Gilbert. #swoon
VISITORS: If you were going on the one-way mission to Mars, what three things would you bring with you?
CHRISTA: Someway of being able to watch TV or Netflix. A crap ton of blankets. And a cellphone with super big WiFi range so I can talk to my Earth buddies. #Mars #Outtathisworld