Katie Rose Clarke
Katie Rose Clarke wasn’t bit by the theatre bug until high school, but she’s spent the years since then working around the country and on Broadway, doing some of the most beloved musicals in the canon. After having completed her run in Wicked on Broadway, she talked to BLEEP about what she’s learned, what’s coming up next, and what inspires her both onstage and off.
Photography by Matthew Murphy
YOU PLAYED GLINDA IN WICKED ON AND OFF FOR YEARS. HOW IS THE TOUR DIFFERENT THAN PLAYING ON BROADWAY?
Both touring and Broadway offered their own separate lessons and challenges. I had to learn a lot about life and about life in this business, and in each season, I was taught different things. Sometimes they were hard lessons, but both were very formative times for me as a person and an actor. I enjoyed touring because I was able to see so many different parts of the country, but being settled in New York after 3 years of touring was such a gift. There’s something to be said for stability.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THE ELPHABAS YOU’VE WORKED WITH?
Oh goodness, where to begin? This business is very much about working with people. I’ve had 7 different actresses in that role over the course of my time with Wicked, and in the way that play is structured, that actress becomes your partner. The greatest thing I learned was how to be a partner, and everything that encompasses. I learned things from all of those ladies both onstage and off, but if I could choose one thing to pass on it would be to invest in the people that you are working with. There’s nothing more important, or sometimes challenging, than that.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ACTORS WHO ASPIRE TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED?
Study everything. Keep learning and discovering what your passions are. You may surprise yourself with what you find. Every experience you have in life is not without a purpose, so look for the lessons you can take away from each.
Check out Katie in the new Broadway production Allegiance this fall!
Hair & makeup by Alex Michaels
Styling by David Withrow
Photo assistance by Carlos Gonzalez
First printed in BLEEP Magazine Issue 310