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Meet Theresa Philomena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Philomena.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It didn’t matter how old I was if you’d ask me, “What do you want to do when you’re older?” I’d always reply with “Acting”. I’ve always been fascinated with film and theatre so I just wanted to be part of it. After graduating high school in Germany, I decided to move to Dublin, Ireland. I wanted to improve my acting and my English skills. I did a two-week program at the Lir in Dublin and afterward, I had private acting lessons with Valerie O’Connor.

One day I found out about the American Academy of Dramatic Arts here in LA and I knew I had to apply for it. After auditioning for it, I got a late night call where I was told I got accepted. The next couple of months was filled with excitement, disbelieve and figuring out how to move my life to a different continent. And once I was sitting at my gate, waiting for the plane, I felt so calm because I knew it was the right step. I got on the plane and flew to America for the first time to follow my dreams.

Attending this acting school has helped me become a better actor and person. I am so thankful for everything I have learned and all of the people I have met. Every day I am grateful that I was able to study at that amazing school, with teachers that care about you and fellow students that love the same thing you do.

I graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in March 2019 and I am ready to start my journey outside of school. I recently signed with an agent and I am also producing a play for the Fringe Festival with a good friend of mine. I am very excited what the future holds for me!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think we all are faced with some kind of struggles along the way and of course, I am not an exception to that. But I am a strong believer of “If it’s meant to be, it’ll work out”. I’m always looking for the little signs telling me I am on the right track (as crazy as that sounds). And as long as I still see them and I’m still happy with what I’m doing, no struggle can be hard enough to overcome it.

What else should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from others?
A friend of mine and me decided to take matters into our own hands and we are currently producing Boeing Boeing for the Fringe Festival and as a run afterward at the Complex Hollywood. It has already been a lot of fun and we have the amazing Betty Karlen directing it and a very talented cast. I am very excited to start rehearsals in a couple of weeks and let my inner German out.

I just love to tell and share stories and I am proud to say that I am doing exactly that.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
That I didn’t listen to the people that told me my dreams weren’t possible and will never happen. Because I’m already living my dream, doing what I love.

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Celine Rosalie Zoppe, The Academy – Demeter, The Academy – Miller, Photos by BVB

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