Life is a balancing act, which is a concept that members of PlayMakers Repertory Company know all too well.
“Every week is something new,” said acting teacher and PlayMakers company member Samuel Ray Gates. “I remind myself to take it one day at a time, doing what needs to be done every day. It’s important to take care of yourself.”
Every member of PlayMakers has a different, but equally busy, schedule. Some teach, some advise and others work with costumes or sets.
“For years I’ve been thinking about how to teach acting, thinking about things I wish I had learned," Gates said. "I make it a point to incorporate things I wish I had learned into what I teach."
Balancing being a member of a professional company along with having a personal life is not easy, but they manage to do it. Kathy Perkins, a professor and set designer for PlayMakers, has been designing sets since she was an undergraduate at Howard University. She finds both professions give her a sense of satisfaction.