JACQUELINE LAWTON: Why did you decide to get into theatre? Was there someone or a particular show that inspired you?
JAMILA REDDY: I love telling this story, because it reaffirms my belief that no matter what happens, I’ll always end up exactly where I need to be. I tried out for the cheerleading team in eighth grade (to this day I have yet to do a split) and when I didn’t make it—to no one’s surprise but my own—my mom encouraged me to audition for the school play. I was mortified—I was supposed to be one of the cool cheerleading girls and she wanted me to hang out with the drama nerds?!—but got cast as the doctor in Wit by Margaret Edson and absolutely fell in love it. I’ve been a proud drama nerd since.
Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Chicago.
or - ‘The Story of My Life’