Alumni Profile: Erica Spyres '06
Drury alumna Erica Spyres is a warm spirited sprite, deftly building relationships and rapport. There’s no mystery to this magic – her genuinely honest soul incites conversation. It’s no surprise that her advice to young actors is equally generous and kind.
“When you’re having fun,” she conspiratorially told Drury’s musical theatre students during a recent visit to Springfield, “you don’t realize how much work you’re getting done.”'
Erica grew up in a musical family in Springfield and, in her words, she kept growing. After graduating from Drury with a degree in Music, she moved to Boston with her husband, composer and fellow alumnus Andrew Paul Jackson. Her performance repertoire expanded, from musicals to straight plays to commercials, with some teaching mixed in. She continually pushes herself to grow and learn, skills honed during her time in college. “Drury makes you question things,” she reflected. “It sets you up to be a lifelong learner.”
In February 2018, Erica made her Broadway debut alongside Jessie Mueller, Lindsay Mendez and Renée Fleming in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. The revival was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
Erica's enthusiasm for this work is palpable, as is her dedication. “Being a big fish in a small pond isn’t really a real thing if you’re working hard and doing your homework,” she said. She encourages students to practice their crafts every day and to be bold enough to fail, all the while being compassionate towards themselves. Wise words for not only actors and singers, but for humans across the board.
Erica's recent stage credits include the First National Tour of Once, Passion with Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, She Loves Me with Tent Theatre in Springfield and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with the Lyric Stage Company in Boston. She is often recognized by the Independent Reviewers of New England for her work, receiving the Best Actress in a Musical Award for roles in Avenue Q, The Light in the Piazza and Camelot. Find out more on her website.
Video by Bre Legan, Student Digital Content Specialist.