Wesley Cady ’15 has been studying theatre since high school, when she attended the Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, alma mater of actors from Jennifer Aniston to Dom DeLuise. She has studied theatre, dance and music in Moscow and Bali in addition to her time in the HWS Theatre Department.
“Wesley was one of the most tenacious and brave student actors that I’ve ever worked with,” says Associate Professor of Theatre Christopher Hatch. “Whether it was in a production, in an acting class or on the study abroad trip that I lead to Bali, Wesley was always pushing herself so hard to get better at whatever she was working on.”
Cady recently finished a run in an all-female production of the Moliere masterpiece, Tartuffe, and will go on to perform as Mrs. Cratchit, Sally and Mrs. Dilber in Titan Theatre Company’s production of A Christmas Carol next month.
“[In Tartuffe], I played Dorine, the lady’s maid of the house, who is the archetype of the sassy and highly intelligent servant who runs around trying to fix everyone’s problems while being able to get away with saying things most servants could not,” says Cady. “The play is very quick-paced and everything has to keep a forward momentum, while remaining sharp and clean at all times.”
It’s not her first time acting in Tartuffe—she played Elmire in the production directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May in 2014—and she says acting in the classic comedy is like “running a marathon; by the end you feel absolutely exhausted.”
Cady’s resume features a number of classics, from King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing to The Great Gatsby and The Heidi Chronicles. She’s appeared on stages from the Smith Opera House to Hilberry Repertory Theater, and the theater of Wayne State University in Detroit, where she earned her M.F.A. in 2018.
She’s been with Titan since last year, and is an artist in residence there this season. The experience of working with an all-female cast on Tartuffe has been empowering, she says. “Our director wanted to work with the best people for the roles and they happened to all be women. There was something empowering about the entire process and I learned a lot from my castmates.”
Cady credits the small but select theatre program at HWS with providing her with ample opportunity to test her acting skills, as well as the attention of dedicated faculty mentors. “Professor Hatch was the first person to tell me I should seriously think about doing theater,” she says. “I wouldn’t be in theater if I hadn’t gone to HWS.”
In the photo above, Wesley Cady’15 (center) is with fellow Titan company members Psacoya Monique and Julia Klinestiver.