ALPHA TAKAHASHI // artist profile
All Photos by Peter Konerko for @ This Stage Magazine
What energizes you as an artist?
There is a girl whom I invite to every performance. Her name is Lin. Her eyes were closed even before she was born — never to be opened, never to see anything. She can hear the wind sing, but she cannot see my face.
Quietly sitting in the corner of the theatre, she listens to my voice, and feels the air move while I take a bow on stage.
Her applause means all the world to me, because she sees with her heart.
What’s been inspiring you lately?
I am currently in a production where the actors perform three shows a night. Everyday, I watch my fellow cast member do the same scene over and over again. What fascinates me is that every time I see it, I want to see more. There are new things happening each time, and it is incredibly inspiring to see him give 150% of his soul to every single performance. He makes me want to be a better actor.
“If I wasn’t an artist…”
I’d be a rainbow hunter by day, and alchemist by night. I grew up as a daughter of a scientist and I shall never grow out of it. Someday I will have my own secret lab. Someday.
“As a child, I was…”
A penguin wanna-be.
Seems like I am doing pretty good at it. Or maybe I just don’t know how to walk straight.
Who are your artist allies?
Fortunately, I have been blessed with a lovely mentor for the past ten years. He has become my guide and guardian. I respect him greatly as an artist, and admire him as a person.
Who are your artistic heroes?
Julie Andrews, Frank Sinatra, and my mother! Mary Poppins taught me how to make people smile. Ol’ Blue Eyes taught me music. And my mother… she taught me how to love life. She gave me my name too! (Yes, I have a brother and his name is Beta.)
What’s your favorite (or go-to) LA “spot?”
My kitchen. I go play hide-and-seek in kitchens (in general). Everyone is welcome here!
Okay. Define art. Go!
Last summer, I wrote a solo performance piece. It was the first time I’ve ever spoken about my own experience. It was painful. How else could it feel to talk about your boyfriend dying all of a sudden? The whole journey of bringing this piece on stage was like walking on shattered glass. However, in the end I learned that it was the first performance I was able to feel something together with the audience. We wept, we laughed, and we went home with a better smile. Maybe I was not walking on glass, but only ice after all. My feet are warm again, and I am ready for the next adventure.
I pray that art will always be something that brings people together.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently performing with Wicked Lit, an immersive theatre produced by Unbound Productions. The performance takes place in a real cemetery and mausoleum! It’s quite an incredible experience as an actor to be in this particular location, and the audience members come from all over the country as well.
If you are looking for something special to do this Halloween season, come join us at the Mountain View Mausoleum!
What’s your creative goal for the next year?
The past two years, I’ve had a 100% death rate for my on-stage boyfriend, husband, lover, etc. Anyone whom I loved seemed to be gone at the end of the play! Instead of stabbing, drowning, hanging and suiciding, can I please go back to “happy, healthy, full of life” musicals? Pretty please?
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