Sasha Sigel is a theater student who has been focused on theater since her role as “Ms. Frizzle” in the Magic School Bus in third grade. As she delved deeper into theater, she participated in everything her middle and high school had to offer. She knew right away she wanted to be involved with theater. Sasha said, “once I started, I couldn't stop. The dilemma of what to major in was simply not a question for me; I always knew it would be theatre.”
“When I was a senior in high school I saw several plays from various universities, but Jim Tasse's production of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ here at UWM stole my heart,” Sasha said. After talking with current Peck School of the Arts students, Sasha decided to work towards a BFA in Acting. She is set to graduate in the Spring of 2014!
Throughout her time in the acting department, Sasha has had numerous experiences and opportunities. In 2011, UW-Milwaukee put on “A Piece of My Heart,” a Shirley Lauro play of the stories of six women sent to Vietnam who struggle to understand the war. The stories she helped tell through the play were eye opening and heartbreaking. She connected with her cast, crew, director and the audience. Sasha says, “I learned the importance of connecting with my audience on a personal level and the impact it could have on them.”
Though all of her professors have affected her in some way, Jim Tasse has been her most significant mentor since her freshman year. He has helped her cultivate her acting as well as gain opportunities within UW-Milwaukee or the community. She says, “I have always admired his work ethic, authenticity, passion he holds for his work, and care he has for those around him. I am grateful that he has been such a huge part of my college career and can only hope that I'll still be able to work with him once I have my diploma in hand.”
She hopes to continue to reach out to those around her by continuing her acting career with a focus on community based theater to help give everyone a chance to share their own personal story. Until she graduates, she will be playing her part in the UW-Milwaukee shows.
Sasha will be starring in UW-Milwaukee’s performance of ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ which runs from November 20th through the 24th. She plays La Marquise de Merteuil, a woman who has perfected the art of deceit. La Marquise de Merteuil manipulates and seduces everyone she can in the hopes of getting what she needs. Unfortunately, the game backfires on her and she suffers a devastating loss at the end of the play. Sasha has had a wonderful experience being part of this production. She says “what I enjoy most about Dangerous Liaisons is finding all the ways I relate to this incredible woman I play. At first, I found very little in common with her. Now I find myself justifying her every action and feeling very profoundly the rage, joy, and excitement that she does. It's a rather unusual experience.”