from People You Should Know

by Zack Calhoon

Wynne Anders theatrical studies began at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Theatre Department.  While living in Milwaukee she was active with the Milwaukee Players and was cast in many musicals and dramas.  Thank you, Jack Gillum, for your unerring professionalism.  Her studies continued at the University of Denver (Olivia in Twelfth Night, directed by the amazing Patrick Tucker) as well as Birdie in Little Foxes and Adele in The Cavern.  In Denver, she was a member of Germinal Stage Denver.  Thank you, Ed and Sallie Baierlein.  She earned her Equity card at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  In New York City, she chose the professional name of Wynne Anders, and has appeared in numerous readings of new works and plays as well as the classics.  Other work includes summer stock, film, daytime drama, TV and radio commercials.  Miss Anders is also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

How did you get involved in theatre? When did you know that you wanted to be an actor?

I became involved in theatre in Milwaukee when I was 23.  I became part of a wonderful theatre company called the Milwaukee Players. My first role was Phoebe in As You Like It. Such a novice, didn't know upstage from downstage! and I was hooked!

I first knew I wanted to be an actress at the age of six.  Every Sunday in the small little town in Colorado where I lived I would go to the movies.  I was in awe of the gorgeous creatures on the screen. such lives they led!  I had a very active imagination and would see myself in all those wonderful stories.

Tell me about AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE. How do you feel rehearsals are going? What do you love most about the show?

Rehearsals have gone very well. such a talented cast and insightful director. Very happy to be part of this production.  What I love most about the show are the wonderful and dedicated artists I get to work with.  The play tells a powerful and human story. The production values are very high.

What kind of writing inspires you?

I love writing that tells stories that take you on a journey. Writing that takes you into the humanity of the characters. Whether it is comedy or drama or a combination of both for those few hours I live someone else's reality.

Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work as an actor thus far?

There have been many influences on my work as an actor, from teachers to actors whose work I admire.  Honestly too many to name. I draw from many sources.

What else are you working on right now?

I’ve been doing readings of new plays with a variety of new and talented playwrights.