One thing I’ve noticed about Stephens women—they’re confident and tenacious, two traits it’s taken me a very long time to develop.
Take Chrisena Ricci (no, not Christina Ricci, the actress from “The Addams Family,” this is Chrisena Ricci).
Ricci is assistant to the artistic director at Actors Guild of Lexington and is directing her first play, “Seminar.”
And, you guessed it, she’s a Stephens graduate.
Ricci, one can conclude, is in the coveted position she’s in today because she didn’t take “no” for an answer.
In 2007, she auditioned for Eric Seale’s production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” according to this great story in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Seale called to tell her “thanks anyway,” but instead of saying, “OK,” Ricci said, “Is there anything else I can do?”
There was. Ricci got the job of assistant director.
She brought that tenacious confidence with her to Stephens and completed the three-year intensive theatre program before again working for Seale, artistic director at Actors Guild of Lexington.
By the way, Ricci is only 22. I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about her career in the coming years.
Then poor Christina Ricci will have to tell people she’s not that Chrisena Ricci.