In 8th grade, one of my teachers asked me to be the student director for the middle school musical and from that moment theater has brought a wonderful balance to my otherwise science-oriented life. I love working in the hectic, hushed, backstage rush and enjoying the spectacle as an audience member. In high school and college, I was nearly constantly involved in a show. I started with stage managing, then moved into more technical things, like lighting and prop design in college. In grad school, I took a break to focus on figuring out research, but as an audience member had new tickets on my desk by the time the previous ones were used. However, when I hooked up a video camera and microphone to a computer for workshop interviews and it oddly made my entire week, I knew I needed to get back into the theater. I started helping with the CenterStage Theatre Company—a youth-oriented group in Colorado—and by the time the first production was over I felt like I have been there for ages (http://www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org/). It was one of the harder things to leave when I finished grad school. Currently I am feeding my hobby by watching shows in the Fairbanks area or when I visit the lower 48. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Being that I was usually otherwise occupied backstage, I don't actually have many pictures (or good ones), but the memories are strong.