Photography by Kevin Thomas Garcia
Ariana DeBose: Broadway performer
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity means complete abandon. It’s a complete flow of color and energy and a visceral experience through your body. That, to me, is creativity. It’s everything.
As someone who has accomplished a lot already, how do you challenge yourself?
I think I strive to be out of my comfort zone. Before I said yes to Hamilton, I had been doing cover work and I had been singing and step-touching. I decided to do a show that required me to really dance, which I hadn’t done in a long time. I’m constantly trying to find new ways to stimulate my mind. If I feel like I haven’t mastered the on-camera technique, then I go take a class. Or if I feel like my voice has changed and I need to go tune it up, I make sure I get into vocal lessons. I take a lot of class so I’m stimulated.
What’s coming up in the new year for you?
I will be seen in “The Breaks” on VH1 on January 4th, 2016. And more Hamilton and more spreading the good word 8 times a week. Hopefully more kids will come see the show and there will be more making a difference.
Ryan on Ariana:
Ariana is everywhere right now. As a part of the original cast of Hamilton, she’s had every critic, celebrity, and even the President and First Lady of the United States gushing over the musical that has earned more acclaim than any other show since The Book of Mormon. I love when we run into each other on the subway platform and are able to quickly catch up before we run off to whatever we are headed. She’s come a long way from the moment we were introduced to her on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and she’s only just begun. I think she’s amazing.