Tina-Kim Nguyen is overly ecstatic to make her Cuckoo’s Theater Project debut. She is currently a junior at Columbia College, studying acting with a directing minor. Recent credits include THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS (Heron) (Columbia College); TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL: DEVICES (Alexa) (Saint Sebastian Players); and TAKE IT BACK (Ensemble) (The Annoyance Theater). Other fun facts can be found at www.tinakimnguyen.com. Tina would like to give the obligatory thanks to her parents and friends, whose love and support has helped her make it to here and now.
Get to know Tina!
TCTP: What was your favorite show you were a part of in high school?
TKN: There was this play called Anatomy of Gray (not to be confused with Gray’s Anatomy). Essentially, it was about a small town in the 1800s dealing with a mysterious doctor and an equally mysterious plague. I always had this theory that it was a knock-off of The Wizard of Oz: The doctor had the same name as the town, and he came into the town by crashing his hot air balloon in the middle of a tornado. My high school teacher always picked non-traditional plays, which is both a blessing and a curse.
TCTP: Have you actually read Moby Dick?
TKN: Upon being asked this question, I felt an immense guilt. My high school education had Jane Eyre and Great Gatsby, but not Moby Dick. How could I live with myself??? So I went out and read it. I can briefly summarize it as, “Whales. Whale species, whale tails, whale hunting, what are whales, whale lungs, whales, whales, whales, whales, whales. Whales? Whales.”
TCTP: What is a piece of classical literature you would love to see turned into a musical?
TKN: Wuthering Heights. The plot is incredibly rage-inducing, but also some good drama. (Side note: I’ve found that almost every classic novel is already a musical in some way, shape, or form.)
TCTP: Do you have a personal white whale? What is it? (Interpret how you wish.)
TKN: My white whale is the beast of comparison. Seeing what other people have done with their lives and examining yours in turn is a dangerous path to feeling inadequate. I try to remind myself that I am more than enough, and that I am good enough as I am.
TCTP: What’s the most thrown together show you’ve ever done?
TKN: Imagine this: It’s your senior year. Your high school is doing The Wiz. A third of the cast is now out of the show due to the “No Pass, No Play”rules that exist in Texas. The majority votes to push back the performance date by nearly two months. The stage manager is now the titular Wiz. There are nine people in the ensemble, but only you and one other person know all the choreography. The tornado dance is you, and only you, spinning around in the most sparkly clothes they could find as the set changes. Did I mention you’re also in charge of all the props? All in all, it was a fun time.
Check out Tina's work in MOBY DICK! THE MUSICAL running October 29 - December 1 at Heartland Studio. Get tickets here: https://dime.io/events/moby-dick-the-musical