Creating Compassionate Adults
An Interview with Molly Griggs
How have you been involved at Cape Fear Regional Theatre?
I was only 7 years old when I acted in my first play at CFRT. This was the beginning of a 10-year stretch of learning and working at the theatre until I graduated high school. I took classes in The Studio, part of CFRT’s theatre education program, and worked as an actor, crew member, assistant director, and assistant to the artistic director.
What is your favorite thing about being involved at CFRT?
The best part was the chance to be around other kids who liked theater as much as I did. Many of the people I met there are still my really close friends!
How have your experiences at CFRT influenced your life?
Having a community at CFRT was pivotal for me as I was growing up in Fayetteville. I was raised at that theater. It provided me with a learning environment and a built-in support system. The artists and staff at CFRT are like family to me.
Now, I study acting in college. Growing up at CFRT absolutely influenced this decision. My many opportunities to work at CFRT over the years gave me the confidence and drive to pursue a professional acting career. In a way, it legitimized what was originally just a dream.
In your opinion, how does CFRT make a difference in our community?
CFRT makes high quality theater accessible to young people — whether you want to be on stage, behind the scenes, or in the seats. In my experience, making and watching theater requires a lot of emotional intelligence, and I think people who practice that at a young age make for more compassionate adults.
You too can help make high quality theatre, and the many benefits that come along with theatre accessible to young people! Please consider donating to CFRT’s 25 Days of Giving today to help us raise $25,000 for youth education and outreach programs. Your support makes a difference!by