Student Spotlight: Adam McCrensky

Adam is an actor from Bethesda, Maryland.He has acted with ArtStream for over 14 years.Adam has also performed at Imagination Stage,Adventure Theater MTC, and with the Bannockburn Spring Show.He has regularly volunteered at WAMU, FabrangenVisArts, SPIRIT Club, and at the ArtStream office.He enjoys using the internet, especially researching music playlists like those from his favorite restaurant, Chipotle, or on a music platform like Spotify.Adam, when there is no pandemic, is an avid public transportation user and loves exploring new areas using the bus and metro.

We met with Adam to learn more about what he loves about performing.

What’s your favorite way to perform on stage?

I like singing best, but I also like dancing. I do a variety of things in the Cabaret.

What would you say is your favorite part of ArtStream?

I like being a part of Cabaret. At Cabaret we do some songs solo and other ones together. I also really liked the directing class.

Do you get nervous on stage?

Sometimes, but usually just on the day of the performances. When I go on stage I get nervous for a second but then I focus on the audience and on my character.

What happens if you forget a line on stage?

Improvise and be more creative!

How do you come up with your character?

I think of an idea of which person I want to be and then I share it with the group. We make up our characters together.

How do you make up the story?

We sit together and talk about what we want the story to be. We talk with the director too who helps us come up with the story. We each take turns talking until we come up with a theme. It’s really fun.

What would you tell someone who wants to join ArtStream?

I’d tell them that ArtStream is great. You can create any story and you don’t have to rely on a script that’s already been written. You get to brainstorm with the group and figure out what the story is going to be about. At ArtStream, we make our own plays and musicals.

ArtStream is really fun. If you want to act in a show that you get to write yourself, ArtStream is for you. If you like theatre and have special needs, come to ArtStream.

What’s the most important thing you learned at ArtStream?

I’ve learned how to enunciate and project. I don’t have to worry about that as much on Zoom, but I’ll keep it in mind when I go back to in-person. On stage you need to project more.