The Green Room Is Not Necessarily Green: An Interview With Nikka Morton

by Kat Edwards and Dustin Curry

 

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It’s been a while since Nikka Morton last graced Theatre Three’s stage. In fact, the last time we saw her was in our production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson back in the 90s. Since then she has been steadily working all over the DFW metroplex. You might have seen her most recently in Theatre Britain’s The Sleeping Beauty, Firehouse Theatre’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Jubilee Theatre’s God’s Trombones and Smokey Joe’s Café—but now she’s coming home to Theatre Three. In honor of her homecoming, we caught up with this busy actress, asking a few questions about her history.

According to your bio, Theatre Three’s production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone was your professional acting debut. Could you elaborate on that story? How was the experience?

Ok, so, yes, my first professional debut as an actress was at Theatre Three under the great Jac Alder. He was so encouraging…patient and gave me such confidence as a young actress. I was an eighth-grade student at Greiner Academy and my Theatre teacher Mr. David Benn told me about this production that I should audition for; Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. I don’t remember much about the audition process but I must have done well because they offered me the part! It was so inspiring to work with actors who had been in the profession for so long. I watched them very closely and learned not only how to convey my character effectively but also how to carry myself while offstage with dignity and respect of the art itself. Jac humbled me immensely when he nominated me as Best Supporting Actress for the year. No, I didn’t win but you know it really is an honor to be nominated. I got the honor of being surrounded by so much talent who were always willing to answer any questions I had; just to name a few: vickie washington (who I call Aunt Bertha to this day) she later was my instructor at Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Jonathan Norton who I had to KISS every show… twice on Sundays… as a thirteen-year-old that is NOT cool and Summer Selby-Drew who was a beautiful talent and still is! I also learned that a Green Room is not necessarily green… go figure.

Clipping from the Dallas Morning News featuring Nikka as Zonia in JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE

Clipping from the Dallas Morning News featuring Nikka as Zonia in JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE

What has your experience back at Theatre Three been like?

Being back at Theatre Three is really like coming home. I remember the smell of the place, atmosphere, walking down the steps and seeing the T3 logo with my reflection, Jac telling me “when you do the best you can do, you will always make me proud.” I still tell my children that. Years later I’m still surrounded by the same professionalism. Theatre Three has a knack for making you comfortable to be yourself. That is very rare in this business and the world today in general.

Passing Strange is a remarkable piece in that it can connect with a wide variety of people on many different levels. What is your connection to the story?

When I read through Passing Strange and watched the production., I connected with it immediately as an artist and as a mother. As artists, we all want the confirmation and validation that although we are marching to our own proverbial drum, we still need to know that “it’s alright.” I love this piece as a mother and as a daughter because we all can become self-involved at times trying to find our “Real,” but this production is a strong reminder that love and family is the only real constant during all the transitions, redefinitions, and growth.
….so, that being said, call your Mama and tell her you love her! Just kidding… no really… call her… now.

 

 

 

There’s still 5 more chances to catch Nikka Morton in PASSING STRANGE! This show closes on Sunday, March 26th so call us at (214) 871-3300 x1 to get your tickets today!