Interview: Rosa Campos — Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s new shining star

by Jody Key — Managing Editor

This month, Atlanta Lyric Theatre will transport its audiences back in time to the 1980s with the stage adaptation of Adam Sandler’s hit The Wedding Singer. Playing the part of Julia Sullivan will be rising star Rosa Campos. Rosa recently made her Lyric debut in the ensemble of Aida.

You may remember Rosa from Gainesville Theater Alliance where she most recently captured the heart of audiences as Kate Monster in Avenue Q. We recently caught up with Rosa in an e-interview and are excited to share it with you.

Tell us about yourself and your training in the theater:

I come from an artistic family of 5. We came to the US from Costa Rica when I was 5 years old, and I started performing at a young age. I found a love for theatre at 12 years old when my chorus teacher put on Mulan Jr. and I’ve been hooked ever since! Around that time I also started dancing competitively and started taking classical voice lessons. Growing up I was heavily involved in theatre and choir which gave me countless opportunities. One of my favorites was when I got to perform at Carnegie Hall. I’ve trained at Open Jar in NYC and taken several master classes while in New York. I was also a part of the Industry reading of “The Me Nobody Knows” back in 2014 with Broadway Dreams. I was a Musical Theatre major at Brenau University and did several shows with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.

What are your dream roles?

Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and I’d love to originate a role!

What is special about Atlanta Lyric Theatre?

So many things!! This is my second show with the Lyric and I can honestly say their heart and professionalism make them special. You know you’re doing all that needs to be done but it’s just a great environment. The directors and production team really set the tone and it’s just such a great group of people to trust and grow creatively with. 

What do you enjoy about Wedding Singer and playing the part of Julia?

I LOVE the dancing!!! (choreographer) Ricardo Aponte really used all that the dancers could offer in this show and it’s so fun to watch. My favorite part about playing Julia is her heart. She wants to do what’s best while always considering everyone else’s feelings and I really love that about her! 

What advice do you have for aspiring theater artists?

Never forget your WHY. At the end of the day we are storytellers, remember why you started and why you keep doing what you do! I truly love going into rehearsal knowing that I’m going to grow and evolve so that I can tell this story to the best of my ability. 

Thanks, Rosa, for taking time out of a very busy rehearsal schedule to talk to us!!

The Wedding Singer is playing at Atlanta Lyric Theatre from February 8th-24th. Look for our review of the show and get your tickets at https://atlantalyrictheatre.com/

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