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This post was written by Obehi Janice, who joined Company One’s staff as a resident actor last fall — we’ll be spending some time at our upcoming staff meeting chatting about what it means to be a resident actor at C1, and how Obehi can intersect with the various departments of the company through her work as a TCG Fox Foundation Fellow.
I first learned I was one of six actors nationwide to receive a Fox Foundation Fellowship through Theatre Communications Group in August 2015. In October 2015, I began attending weekly C1 staff meetings as part of the collective and contributing thoughts to the general decision-making model. In the midst of all this rapid change, and weeks prior to receiving the grant, I was cast in An Octoroon and We’re Gonna Die.
I would be lying if I didn’t say that my life has completely changed in a short amount of time. Never in my career did I think that I would have the opportunity to be a “resident actor”. C1’s belief in me as a growing actor, as well as their trust in me to be around the table week after week, signifies that even though we should all celebrate this unique opportunity, it is also a time for the collective to take a step back and ask, “What should this look like?”