10 Questions with Adrienne Boris

July 4, 2016

Adrienne Boris
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We recently asked fabulous theater, opera, and roller rink diva Adrienne Boris 10 questions. See how she answered and weigh in on how she plans to cut her hair this summer.

What is your profession?
Freelance stage director of opera and theater, Artistic Associate at OperaHub, Lecturer in Acting & Performance at Boston University, and occasional mezzo-soprano.

Where do you live?
Cleveland Circle. Great for fast-casual eats and walks around the Reservoir but not so great at sports bar noise control.

What/when was your first Opus Affair?
I met Graham a long time ago when we were both working for the now-defunct Opera Boston, so my first Opus Affair might have been the first Opus Affair!

What's a cool project you're currently working on?
I am co-producing OperaHub's EL GATO CON BOTAS, which is a Spanish-language opera for children and families that tours to neighborhoods with high populations of Spanish-speakers without regular access to the arts. We just did two weekends of the run at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury and Villa Victoria in the South End. Our next stop is the Outside the Box Festival on July 16 at 12 Noon!

What's your current favorite Boston bar or restaurant?
I love Jade Monkey, which is a totally new, non-chain addition to Cleveland Circle. Excellent asian-fusion dim sum and plates to share, plus inventive cocktails and a nice beer list.

Random fact/hidden talent about yourself?
When I was in grade school I was very serious about roller skating and competed in championships at my local roller rink. I even had skate covers and a fancy, spangly leotard with white tights.

What does it mean to live a creative life? 
In today's capital-driven society, part of it means seeing intrinsic value in things that are not inherently profitable. It means always maintaining a sense of curiosity and playfulness, and a drive to add beauty to the world and to see things differently. I also think people take creativity too seriously. That's part of why I play children's games with my acting classes in our first few sessions. If you're feeling creatively stuck, get a box of Crayola crayons and a coloring book. They make some great adult coloring books these days. You'll be surprise the effect it has on the rest of your life!

I am powered by/run on:
Black tea. Coffee got me through grad school, then we had a real bad breakup, and now tea feels just right.

Who would play you in the film (or musical or operatic) adaptation of your life?
It would be a flashback frame, starting with Barbra Streisand and flashing back to either Natasha Lyonne or Keri Russell. It depends on whether I decide to cut my hair this summer.

Name the next three fascinating #bosarts people we should send these questions to next:
I would love to hear from opera singer and producer Chelsea Lewis; pianist and music director Patricia Au; and singer, actor and Opera on Tap impresario, Kathryn McKellar.


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