Before I went on my gap year, I thought I wanted to work with little kids. My dream back then, actually it’s still my dream now, is to open up a children’s theater that focuses primarily on children who had difficult upbringings and give them the theater space. It’s so much easier to process trauma when you get to take on another identity and you don’t have to talk about it happening to your physical self. Getting to help them work through their trauma on stage, that just sounds so rewarding. Imagine if we can work with orphanages that would make art a part of the kids’ daily lives starting at a young age!

I think the fear of how big an undertaking a project like this would be always made me a little nervous. Eventually, that’s what I’d like to go back to school for and get a degree in social work. That’s the dream, working with kids and being in a theater again.