Kira Patterson has been performing since she was four years old, but over the course of her freshman year at Tufts she has taken her acting career to the next level, appearing in an impressive five productions. Patterson’s sincere love for the stage led her to declare as a drama major, and she intends to major in psychology as well. Eventually, she hopes to turn this passion into an actual livelihood.
“In a perfect world, this is what I would do for the rest of my life. And that might end up happening,” Patterson said.
As to her preferred genre, Patterson admitted she’s still finding her theatrical niche, since she enjoys classical, contemporary and even musical theater.
Her varying taste is reflected in the numerous productions she has been a part of: “Oedipus and Antigone,” “Hamlet the Hip−Hopera, and the recent outdoor “Romeo and Juliet,” to name a few. One of her upcoming shows, “Proof,” will actually be taken to Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Patterson shows no sign of slowing down; the more she performs at Tufts, the more she’s come to love it. She hopes to broaden her drama experience even further by directing a play in the future.
After visiting Tufts in high school and seeing the Balch Arena Theater as well as a one−act play, Patterson fell in love with the drama community here, and has now, quite happily, found her own place within it.
“It’s been really nice to have a group of people right off the bat that I was able to turn to that were really accepting, not only of me as a person but also of the art that we were all making,” she said.