Jeremy Mendoza is thrilled to make his Chicago acting debut with WATER CHILDREN. He received his Bachelors in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Favorite acting credits include FUGITIVE SONGS (Matt; dir. Karen Olivo) LEGALLY BLONDE (Carlos, Grandmaster Chad) (UW Theatre); SPRING AWAKENING (Ernst) (Greendale Community Theatre, UW Undergraduate Theatre Association); RENT (Steve, u/s Angel) (Middleton Players Theatre), and the world premiere of SPACE VOYAGE: THE MUSICAL FRONTIER (Chang Segal) (Intermission Theatre). Jeremy also stage manages and has worked on FAREWELL MY FRIEND (SM, (re)discover theatre), THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (PSM, UW Theatre), and 2666 (SM intern, Goodman Theatre). When Jeremy isn’t in the theatre, he’s serving tables and running drinks at The Windsor off the Mag Mile. Come in for happy hour!
Get to know Jeremy! :
TCTP: In the play, Megan learns about Japanese Mizuko shrines. What is one of your favorite myth/story/belief from another culture or religion?
JM: I think my favorite belief from another religion would have to be reincarnation in Hinduism. I’m not particularly familiar with the whole concept, but I just think it’s an attractive way of thinking about life and how to live one’s life. I’d like to think that what we’re doing now on this earth isn’t the end-all-be-all of what we get to experience. If reincarnation is a thing, I want to come back as a dog!
TCTP: There are multiple times in The Water Children when Megan is at a loss with what to or where to go. Have you ever felt lost or adrift?
JM: All the time! Just kidding, but only a little. Immediately after graduating college, I had no idea where I was going or what I wanted to do. I ended up staying Madison for a year, which was fine because it's a great city, but I could tell it wasn't where I needed to be. And thus, I ended up on Chicago. I definitely feel more at home here, but every now and then, I get that feeling of "Am I in the right place?" It's definitely something I'm working on and it's taking a lot of self-reflection. That being said, I love it here!
TCTP: Every character in this play shares their opinion and gives advice, whether it's asked for or not. Do people often come to you for advice? Or are you the one who seeks advice?
JM: I tend to find myself on situations where my peers come to me for advice. I'm always interested in listening to someone's problems, issues, qualms, etc. It's the kindness in me that wants to help someone, and listening to what they have to say is the first step.
TCTP: Forgiveness is a major theme of The Water Children. When is a time you had to forgive, whether it was another person or yourself?
JM: I don't necessarily need to get into specifics, but there was someone I went to college with who, at first we got along really well, but after being around them so much, we started to realize a shared irritation for each other. It wasn't anything major, but we just had different beliefs and values at the time. We never really butt heads or anything, but I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to have bad blood with anyone. After a few years and some gentle maturing, we both just gradually let go of whatever negative opinion we had of each other. It just took some time and growing up.
TCTP: The play kicks off with Megan taking an acting gig that she is not exactly thrilled about. What’s a terrible job you had to take, theatre related or otherwise?
JM: Thankfully, I haven't taken any terrible jobs! However, there was one time right out of college where I was desperate to find a job because my campus jobs couldn't keep me in employment. It was a personal assistant for an elderly woman who worked in the music education industry. The organization offered affordable music lessons to children in need, and I was really enamored by what they had to give to the Madison community. I went in for an interview at the woman's house and was basically hired on the spot, which was great because the hourly wage was GREAT. I went in for the first day, and that's when I realized I was just going to be a glorified file and computer organizer who apparently needed to know how to fix a website. Not in the job description! When I went in my second day, I basically told her that the position was not for me, turned around, and left.
Come see Jeremy and the rest of the cast of The Water Children, running June 10 - July 8 at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building
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