“What do you want to be when you grow up, Sydney?” I was asked this question countless times while growing up and each time I confidently said “I want to be on Broadway.”
I was born and raised in Greenburgh, New York. At five years old, I joined the drama ministry at Union Baptist Church and knew the stage was where I belonged. I was enthralled and loved every moment of being a part of a production. Seeing how my work affects people and makes them evoke any type of emotion is what encourages me. I love knowing that I can put a smile on someone’s face, make them laugh, or even cry. Before I discovered my passion, I filled my time with sports and other activities I had little to no interest in. I always enjoyed singing, dancing, and acting at my church, but I had no idea that I could turn this passion into a career. I was coming to the age where I needed to figure out which activity I liked best because I couldn’t do it all. In sixth grade, my art teacher decided to produce the first musical for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in my school district. I was cast as Fiona in Shrek The Musical JR. and my love for being on stage had been solidified! I continued to do school productions through my senior year.
This role led me to search for a local theatre group to supplement my theatre experience and prepare me for my future. The minute I walked into Play Group Theatre (PGT) I knew this was the place for me. I participated in various musicals throughout the year and a Community Cabaret group, which was my favorite PGT program. Our group traveled to local hospitals, shelters, and senior residences, lifting spirits with the joy of music. As I continued acting in my school and community, I felt privileged to take characters to a whole new level and make them my own.
My second creative passion is cooking. Growing up my mother was not the biggest fan of cooking. She would do anything to not cook, including using “it’s too hot outside” as an excuse. My dad cooked, but when he cooked, he would make food for an army and I would have to eat it every day for at least two weeks. I wouldn’t classify myself as a picky eater, but both of those options were not my favorite. So, I learned how to cook on my own. Cooking relaxes me and is something that I love to do after a long day of class and rehearsal.
The theatre world came to halt when the pandemic hit in March 2020 during the spring of my sophomore year of high school. I continued rehearsing online for the productions I was currently in, although there was no endgame. I kept hearing “two more weeks” or receiving dates that were continuously pushed back. I started to wonder if I would ever be able to do theatre the same way or even at all. Before the pandemic, I was accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy Summer High School Musical Theatre Conservatory in LA and was excited for the Summer of 2020. However, this program transitioned to a virtual platform, which I was surprised I found meaningful. I researched more online programs to fuel my drive for theatre while still at home. I participated in virtual programs through 2021 including the University of the Arts Saturday School for Acting, New York University Tisch Future Theatre Artists Workshop, and Northwestern National High School Institute Theatre Division and Musical Theatre Extension. I believe these college programs deepened my passion and took my work as an actor to a whole new level.
I am currently attending Boston University School of Theatre pursuing a BFA in Acting with a Concentration in Musical Theatre. I am honored and proud to be a member of the Class of 2026.
I am also working professionally in the Boston area and regionally during the summer.
My faith, determination, and perseverance will motivate me to keep going no matter what obstacles I may face on my journey to Broadway.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
“Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God
that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."