Soon after, the Director got down to the business of conducting the formal interview and audition for young Ms. Phillips. What followed over the next hour was one of the most pleasant casting sessions ever experienced by the seasoned Teaching Artist / Stage Producer.
Gyomara spoke with elegance, eloquence, humor, and charm of her humble beginnings and her attraction from an early age to the performing arts. She described her extensive two-year dramatic training at AMDA and expressed a real affection for her artistic education there. When she spoke of the character she was there to audition for, she lit up with a gorgeous smile and intriguingly compared her own natural shyness to the brazen audacity of the vixen jewel thief Catwoman. Anticipating a cathartic, exhilarating experience, Ms. Phillips expressed real enthusiasm at the thought of challenging herself to play someone so opposite from her own personality.
With a strong initial interview completed, Gyomara proceeded to leave the Director dumbstruck with powerful demonstrations of her acting ability. She came prepared with an incredibly moving monologue that left the usually verbose Williams virtually speechless. She then followed that up with two script reads that cemented her as a brilliant candidate for the part.
To confirm his suspicions on Gyomara's perfection for the role, Williams requested that the young actress model Catwoman's costume, which she happily agreed to do. And when she emerged minutes later dressed as the villainess... walking seductively and sneering viciously ... the playwright knew that his search was over! Read Gyomara Phillips' impressive bio in the cast and crew section.