Posting Date: September, 15 2010
Meet Annie Power: Actor, singer, and dancer extraordinaire
By Andrea C. Kirwan
Photos by Sarah Singleton
Annie Power says she did not choose theater, but that theater chose her. “I never considered a different career,” she explains, “as long as I can remember I knew that I would be an actor, singer and dancer.” At two years old, Annie spent many nights with her father watching classic television shows such as "I Love Lucy." “Lucille Ball has been a huge influence on me," Annie explains. “I think watching those classics are what influenced my decision to become an actor. I didn’t exactly know what it was, but I knew I wanted to do what they were doing.”
Eventually Annie discovered her love for musicals. “The first musical that really grabbed my attention was ‘A Chorus Line.’ At that time I was in a dance company, and I suddenly realized I could incorporate everything I’d been doing into one thing,” she explains.
In October, Annie will have the opportunity to incorporate her acting, singing, and dancing skills when she performs in the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance and the School of Music co-production of the musical, "Annie Get Your Gun." She is excited about her role as Winnie Tate and says, “In this production I get to sing, act and dance. I get to do all sorts of fun things and am excited to get back to my dance roots.”
Annie has performed in “New Works and Ideas: The Collision Project,” directed by Rosemary Newcott; “One in a Million,” a 10-minute play written by KSU student Lauren Rondone; and Jean Paul Sartre’s “No Exit,” directed by KSU student Matt Judd. When Annie isn’t performing at KSU, she is teaching others to perform at an off-Broadway dance center in Alpharetta. Using her background in ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop, she instructs students of various ages and skill levels.
As a student in the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance, Annie feels privileged to be part of a program that creates a familial ambience. “I really like the community. It’s a small enough department that you are able to know everyone and you feel part of a family,” she explains. “I love the professors, they are very supportive. As long as you’re working hard and doing your job they will do everything in their power to help you succeed.”
Associate Professor Harrison Long says, “Annie Power lives up to her name. She is a force in the acting classroom but a charming one. Her diligence, intelligence and whacky sense of humor set her apart. She is also the 2010 recipient of the coveted Joel and Betty Seigel Scholarship which honors rising sophomores within our department.”
Annie believes she has the tools and focus needed to succeed as a professional actor, dancer and singer. She admits to being somewhat of a perfectionist, but feels that her love for theater is what fuels her drive for perfection and her goal to pursue a career as professional performer. “One day I’d like to open my own theater and dance studio,” she explains. “I want it so badly there’s not much to keep me from doing it.”