“I want to play a leading lady someday and I want to do Shakespeare. There are many roles that I would never be cast in but by getting the chance to explore them, you learn a lot about yourself. This program has given me the confidence to look outside the box.”
The Steppenwolf School culminates in a weeklong project that allows participants to put what they've learned into practice. Funke is doing a scene from David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Rabbit Hole,” an excerpt from Jim Cartwright's 1986 drama “Road” and portraying Hermia and Quince in “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”
“This program has given me a much greater awareness of my process and how I work,” Funke said. “As we get older, we sometimes lose a bit of our imagination because we become more inhibited.
“I feel like this program has unleashed my freedom again. I've gotten so many tools that will help me to become a more dynamic and versatile performer. I'm a more confident performer than when I came in and I think I will be a more well-rounded artist in the end.”
HAVE YOU MET?
• Title: Actor.
• Hometown: Edmond.
• Age: 26.
• Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater performance, University of Oklahoma.