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Kelsey Lesseig

Updated: Jul 7


What is YOUR theater origin story? What drew you to acting?

I started acting when I was nine years old. My local community theatre in New Braunfels, TX had an after-school children’s acting program, and I decided to give it a shot. I was still a pretty shy kid at that age, but the second I stepped out onstage, I was hooked!

Where else have you performed and what are some of your favorite roles?

Since moving to Chicago two summers ago, I’ve been very grateful to have performed with Edge of the Wood Theatre, Three Brothers Theatre, Kirk Players, Stage Left, among others. However, my two current favorite roles to-date were back in Texas: #7 in The Wolves with Stephen F. Austin State University (axe ‘em jacks!) and Susan in [title of show] with Mellowdrama Productions!

Do you work primarily as a performer or do you have a ‘day job’? 

Currently, I’m a barista at Big Shoulders Coffee in Westtown. Stop on by and get some coffee!! :D

What do you list at the bottom of your resume as your ‘additional skills’? 

The “special skills” portion of my resume is probably my favorite section. I have on there “can play alto saxophone,” “can burp on command,” and “Jennifer Coolidge impression.” Unfortunately I have yet to use any of these skills in a project, but maybe some day!


What drew you to audition for this production?

Amadeus is one of my favorite plays and films of all-time. In fact, I even wrote a 10-page paper on the original production of the show in undergrad! It’s such a shame that I rarely ever see it produced anymore, so when I saw Parker Players advertising for auditions, I knew I had to give it a shot.

Tell us about who you play in Amadeus.

I play a variety of characters, including Teresa Salieri, one of the Venticelli, and many more…but you’re gonna have to come see the show to find out!

Biggest challenge in playing this role?

So far, the biggest challenge for me as an actor has been to find ways of physically, vocally, and energetically creating stark differences from each character that I play. It’s been a lot of fun trying to create those unique changes, while keeping them in the world of the play.

What sort of person is going to love this show?

Do you love music, great acting, and/or bad-ass vibes? Then you’ll love this show!

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?

If Jennifer Coolidge does not come and see our show, I’ll be VERY sad.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?

“Well…there it is.”


Thank you,

Kelsey Lesseig

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