As a good friend of mine once said, "I became an actor because I am wholly unsuited to do anything else." I could not put it better myself. I dabbled in many different areas, but ultimately I had the realization that if I wanted to excel in life, it would only be through doing what I love.
I found that throughout my life I could always make people laugh, or at least hold their attention. I was able to do this without the use of a set or any flashy effects.
Now, I have the opportunity to bring this idea of theater to life. To produce a good show, we need nothing more than great actors telling a story the best way they can.
I have been so fortunate to find a partner in Jessica Hunt, who holds the same philosophy of theater that I do.
We will always choose intelligent scripts that make a point and we will never underestimate the intelligence of our audience.This is our vision.
This is how we will tell our stories.
Doug Graham, Co-Artistic Director
When I was 4 years old my mom took me to a production of Annie in a neighboring town. During the intermission I looked at my mom and said, 'That's what I want to do!' A couple years later, she enrolled me in the local children's theatre and the theatre is where I've been ever since.
I've always felt that you don't need a lot of bells and whistles to touch an audience--all that is really needed is amazing actors, a strong artistic vision, and the desire to tell a story.
We want our audience to experience the art of theatre--we want our shows to evoke an emotional response in the audience so the work will impact everyone in the room: actor and audience member alike.
Having a theatre company of my own has always been my dream, and I'm so lucky to have such an amazing partner in Doug Graham .
I agreed to name our company The Fern to pay tribute to my grandmother, Fern Smith who is the most amazing woman I know and continues to be an inspiration to me.
Jessica Fern Hunt, Co-Artistic Director