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Meet the Barrymore Voters: Laura Frost

Nov 8, 2017

The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre started in 1995, and celebrates the rich, diverse theatre community through a peer-adjudicated process. In the 2017-18 Season, we have 70 nominators and 12 judges that will see over 100 professional productions. Our expanded pool of voters this season represents the exciting and diverse theatre community that is thriving in Philadelphia. This entry is part of a profile series to introduce you to the voters who are an integral part of the Barrymore process.

Name: Laura Frost

What was the first theatre production you were involved in, and what did you learn from it?: First one was a Christmas themed play (not musical) in high school. I learned that I felt much more comfortable on stage in front of people than at a party where I had to talk to people face to face.

What is your education and training experience?: I have a Bachelors in Theater Education and studied acting for a year with the Actor's Studio Drama School at Pace University. (Yes, James Lipton is like that in person).

How did you first get involved in the Philadelphia theatre community?: I'm just starting, thanks to Theatre Philadelphia!

What made you want to be a nominator/judge for the Barrymore Awards?: I am new in Philadelphia so I'm really just getting introduced to the dynamic theater scene here. I saw this role as a way to get to know the community while still being active in it.

If you weren’t working in theatre, what other job do you think you would be doing?: Teaching high school literature.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the theatre industry?: Learn by doing. If you're not in a company don't get discouraged. Grab some like-minded folks and make something, go see something, or write something.

What production have you seen recently in Philly as an audience member that inspired you?: John at The Arden. I'm still mulling over what Baker was getting at and the production as well as the performances left the door open to wonder about it and still enjoy it.

If you could have dinner with any four people, living or dead, who would they be and why?:  1. Tom Waits- my biggest talent-crush. 2. Eddie Izzard - he's smart, funny, talented, distancing-running philanthropist, trans-person. Just find him fascinating. 3. Shakespeare - not only the obvious but just finished Bill Bryson's book and I'm not wondering who was that guy? We don't even know! 4. Laura Linney- one of my favorite working actors.

Keep up with all the shows our Barrymore Nominators and Judges are seeing this season by checking out What's On Stage in Philly this week!