A voice of hope for aspiring theater major transfers, actress Alison Elliott, PCC class of 2008, will play the part of Curio in A Noise Within’s upcoming rendition of a Shakespeare classic, “Twelfth Night, Or What You Will.”
Elliott, a confident and approachable young woman, spoke highly of her two years spent at PCC.
“I really enjoyed it … I found the teachers to be really great,” Elliott said. “[It was a] great transitionary period in my life … I felt really prepared to transfer to UCLA.”
Her least favorite part of attending PCC, she noted, was that parking was a little rough, and getting classes could be difficult.
Though Elliott works nights as an actress, she also holds a day job doing customer service and data entry for Remarketing of America. She begins her day at 8 a.m., and leaves the theater at 11 p.m.
“Theater’s about life; it can be used in any other profession,” Elliott said, and she encourages everyone to try acting at one point in life.
“Twelfth Night” will be the first production in A Noise Within’s new Pasadena theater, located in the former Stuart Pharmaceutical Building on South Brand Boulevard in Glendale.
Elliott’s parents, Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott cofounded the non-profit company and serve as artistic directors. Rodriguez-Elliott is also the director of Twelfth Night.
“[It’s] easy to work with my parents,” Elliott said. “That positivity is contagious.”
As far as future work goes, Elliott would love to be a working actress, but also is exploring the idea of teaching.
She spent this past summer teaching middle school children in Miami, and spoke highly of the experience. Elliott thought that the prospect of teaching theater at PCC someday would be wonderful, a hat-tip to current teachers and their affects on a former student.
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