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Brenna Fitzgerald earns theater accolades for her screen gem

Company One

Age: 25

Hometown: Windsor, Conn.

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Think of: People tell her she looks like Emma Stone.

What caught our eye: As projectionist Rose in Company One Theatre’s “The Flick,” her dance freakout was an endearing comic highlight of the season. Globe critic Don Aucoin called her “an insouciant, utterly natural delight.” She's been nominated for an Elliot Norton Award for outstanding actress in a small or fringe company for that performance.

Lightbulb moment: “May 5, 2000, exactly 7 p.m. The opening night of the very first show I ever did. I was 11. It was a really warm day, and they had air-conditioned the house, but since the curtain was closed, backstage hadn’t felt it. When they pulled the curtain open, I saw the crowd, the lights came up, and this blast of cold air hit me in the face, and I was like, ‘Oh never mind, I know what I’m going to do.’ It was a long time ago, but I haven’t batted an eyelash at any other thing since then. It was a musical called ‘Groovy!’ with Windsor Youth Theatre. That’s when I knew.”

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Biggest thrill: “It’s a tie between those times in rehearsal where you’re taking risks and playing around, making discoveries, and the story clicks into place and suddenly makes sense, [and those times] feeling the audience take the journey with you. I hate the phrase ‘take the journey,’ but that’s what it is.”

Biggest surprise: “I’m surprised every time I get cast. And I’m surprised I never get comfortable or, like, feel confident at all.”

Inspired by: The goddesses of the silver screen — Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, Maureen O’Hara, Jeanne Moreau — and all her creative friends.

Aspires to: Keep working as an actor, and find a better balance as a working artist.

For good luck: “I make a point to eat a really good breakfast, listen to my pre-show playlist, and I make sure to goof off with everybody beforehand to blow off steam.”

What people should know: “I teach a middle school after-school acting program. I can’t swear, so I think that’s why I swear so much when I’m not in the classroom.”

Coming soon: Attending the Elliot Norton Awards ceremony on May 19. And looking for her next role.

Joel Brown can be reached at jbnbpt@gmail.com.
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