Meet Brianna Handy, New Director of Education and Community Outreach
1. What are you most excited about working at the LDTC?
I’m most excited about getting to know this community even better and contributing to it in a way that best utilizes my skills and past experiences!
2. What do you love most about Summit County?
Aside from the jaw-dropping views (I’m still a bit of a gaper) and the endless opportunities for adventuring, I really love the people – or rather, the community – of Summit County. Everyone I come across is just so happy to be here, and they radiate this sort of enthusiasm for life that’s difficult to find anywhere else.
3. What kind of activities do you participate in Summit County?
Since moving to Colorado, I’ve fallen in love with trail running, and this past summer I participated in the Summit Trail Running Series. I also practice yoga at Summit Hot Yoga in Frisco, and I’ve recently started mountain biking. I’m excited and nervous about this winter, because I’ve only ever snowboarded in the Midwest, and I’m pretty sure the biggest “slope” I’ve ever ridden is considered a bunny hill up here!
4. Why theatre?
Oh, a myriad of reasons. But, to name one of my favorite reasons: Because it allows both actors and audience members to connect with each other in a way that you can’t in other artistic forms. Sure, in books and movies, you relate to the characters on the page or screen, but in a theatre setting, real, live people experience and tell the story directly in front of you. And, for that short span of time that the show occurs, you and the characters are in the present moment together, experiencing something that will never happen in the same way again. Much like moments in life, theatre is ephemeral, which makes it that much more special.
5. What do you think will be the most challenging and rewarding thing about your new position?
Actually, I think this job is going to be rewarding because it is challenging. It’s certainly not easy to balance several educational programs and provide the absolute best experience that you can for students of all ages, but it’s something that I want to do, and it’s something that I’m not only passionate, but I also think is incredibly important. And if I’m able to share what I love about theatre with others and positively affect their lives, I’ll feel fulfilled.