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Alicia Erlinger

Theater Artist

Neighborhood: Dana Point, CA
Hometown: Dana Point, CA

What are you currently working on?

Currently I'm producing Shakespeare in the Park for Dana Point. We will perform "The Tempest" summer 2024.

What's been inspiring you lately?

Theatre makers everywhere who take brave risks to tell impactful, compelling stories onstage.

Tell us a story from your childhood that illuminates who you are as an artist.

My Father took me to plays as a young child. It was just the two of us without Mom or any of my siblings. He didn't know anything about theatre other than I loved it from a very young age. We would see everything from "Oklahoma!" to "Waiting for Godot". We'd see local plays and make the trek to the Taper or San Diego Globe. We had great discussions that included acting and directing choices. Although we didn't go to the theater regularly, the times we went had such an impact and those conversations informed how I would proceed in my own artistic life. Thanks Dad!

Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

My dad for advocating and nurturing my interest. I greatly admire those who bring theatre to underrepresented audiences, Joseph Papp is someone I have great admiration for.

What kind of theatre excites you?

Inventive, ensemble theatre excites me. I have a great love and admiration for playwrights, so a play with great dialogue is is very exciting.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever needed to do for theatre?

I wore a whale head in a poarade to promote a play I was producing!

Outside of a theatre, what’s your favorite hot spot in Orange County?

The Pacific Ocean, I love a good ocean swim

What surprises you the most about your role in the theatre community?

I love that I'm always learning. That is not a surprise, but often I'm surprised at the new knowledge gained.

What advice do you have for theatre artists just starting out in Orange County?

Connect with people and realize theatre can be done anywhere. Create your own work!

Go ahead, promote your things….

"The Tempest" June 28, 29 & 30 - 2024

Alicia Erlinger
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