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Using Passion in Theatre for a Purpose

 

It was at the young age of 10 when Cecily Revermen, a Portland native now shining bright among the many dreamers in New York City, knew her passion lie somewhere in theatre and art.

But it was the big space in the center of downtown Portland, known now as St. Mary’s Academy Clark Family Auditorium, where she had her first “a-ha” moment and realized her passion for theatre was more than just a hobby. “It really wasn’t until I got to St. Mary’s where I thought ‘I can do this for sure, I can pursue this’. There’s a confidence that was built there,” Cecily recalls.

Cecily attended St. Mary’s Academy about a decade ago and says her life transpired into an endless world of opportunities since. If she wasn’t studying during her time at SMA, she was fully immersed in the school’s theatre and art program whether that meant she was trying out for the next school play or simply studying the act of art in theatre class, where she says her teacher Ms. Shannon More played a vital role in her aspirations. “Working with Ms. More was fantastic because she had an acting background. A lot of the time you work with directors and they don’t perceive the role as an actor which could be a little difficult but Ms. More was right there the whole time, giving you encouragement, things to think about, to grow with, she was one of the first people who let me know I could actually pursue acting as a career and in musical arts.”

Cecily had immense opportunities in SMA’s theatre program including being cast in Wizard of Oz

as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and as Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella musical. “I’ve always known I wanted to do something in the arts, whether it was opera, acting or the combination of musical theater.”

Away from campus, her talents were recognized all over the Portland metro area. She was awarded second in state at the Oregon Music Competition for Solo singing and placed first in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, and the recognition followed Cecily well after St. Mary’s. When she attended Boston Conservatory, where she graduated with a BA in Music in Vocal Performance, she received an Encouragement Award at the National Council Auditions for her potential and artistic promise by the Metropolitan Opera.

Fast forward to present day and Cecily now sits in one of the world’s biggest cities for dream chasers, New York City. She landed there after moving back to the states from London, where she pursued her Masters in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). A prestigious theatre and arts school boasting graduates that include some of the world’s most well- known actors including Ginnifer Goodwin, Kim Cattrall and Benedict Cumberbatch, “I’m lucky to have been able to become a part of that alumnae system as well as St. Mary’s.”

When Cecily’s not on stage in the Big Apple, she’s taking her passion in theatre and arts and using it for a purpose in her community. “I volunteer with Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids and teach at an organization called Kaiser’s Room,” Cecily said. Both are non-profit organizations; one provides performing theatre and art programs for children and young adults on the autism spectrum, and the other brings the Broadway community together to help men, women and children across the U.S. receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

“The arts are what will save humanity. When you walk into a theatre or concert you don’t ever leave angry or upset, you leave with a sense of energy or recharge. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been under impression that the arts are important for society. We have so much discord going on in our world, and arts is something that can bring all of us together. SMA really gave me a foundation not only in what I wanted to do but who I am and in this business; it’s wonderful and there’s so much good that could be done.”