Acting Apprentice Sasha Neufeld hails from Miami, FL. Read more about her, below, and be sure to say "HI!" when you see her at shows!
Portland Playhouse (PPH): Where did you study?
Sasha: I studied at DePauw University for two years and then did two years at Indiana University, where I graduated.
PPH: What was your "a-ha" moment that made you realize you wanted to be an actor?
Sasha: I received national recognition from NFAA's YoungArts in musical theatre my freshman year of college, and during the week with the other national finalists, I was motivated to continue my studies in the theatre. After years of what felt like rejection in the theatre, being recognized at such a high level with so many other incredibly talented young artists reinvigorated my passion for acting, and that's when I knew I was meant to be in the theatre.
PPH: What is a actor trick you use that no one knows of?
Sasha: Breathing. Everyone knows this but young actors especially forget to just breathe onstage. Sometimes breathing can be the most interesting thing an actor can do in that moment, but can also be the hardest thing to remember.
PPH: What are you most looking forward to in Apprenticeship?
Sasha: I am most excited for devising my own piece at the end of the year because I am hoping to soak up everything up until that point and create a giant moosh of greatness that will hopefully be a comprehensible piece.
PPH: What did you want to be when you were five years old?
Sasha: A neurologist
PPH: Tell us about your favorite role to date.
Sasha: The last show I was in was probably one of the most stressful and exhausting shows I've ever been in so it wasn't the most fun but I definitely got more out of it than any role I had done before. I played Isabel in Athol Fugard's "My Children! My Africa!".
PPH: Any hobbies outside of theatre?
Sasha: I've played soccer on and off since I was four. I also love yoga, dance, and seeing as much live music and art shows as possible. Oh, and I also love beer, which is kind of hobby now that I live in Portland.
PPH: What are you listening to in your car (or iPod) right now?
Sasha: I've been listening to the band O'death to get ideas for some cool earthy sounds for Franklin High School's production of "Macbeth," which I'm currently co-directing.