Your Turn

Your Turn/Kelsey Deters

Posted: Jan. 19, 2020 12:01 am

With KELSEY DETERS

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a theater director. It's also how I started my college career in the Webster University Conservatory. I changed course when I decided I didn't want to work professionally in theater, but I still have a huge love for the theater world.

What would you rather be doing right now? I'd love to be in a cottage by the sea in Scotland, reading a really great book and enjoying the view.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I enjoy country music. I was always very much against it, but my fiance used to be a radio DJ on a country station, and I started listening so I could hear his show. Along the way somewhere, I started enjoying the music.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduating with my degree in women and gender studies from Webster University. It took me a few majors to find one that I loved, and once I did, I worked incredibly hard in a discipline that was very new for me. I loved it, and I felt so proud receiving my degree with honors from my adviser, Dr. Parsons.

It really stinks when ... someone is on their cellphone during a movie or play.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? My word would be "dedicated." I am extremely dedicated to the projects I take on, to the people in my life and to my community.

I always laugh when ... watching "Parks and Recreation." I think it's one of the funniest shows in recent history.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Mindy Kaling, an actress, writer, producer and author that I love. Mindy would be a ton of fun to have at dinner. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of "In the Heights" and "Hamilton." I would love to pick his brain on the future of musical theater. Louisa May Alcott, author of my all-time favorite book, "Little Women." I would love to hear about her life and how it compares with the beautiful story she left the world.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit on my couch with my dogs and watch "Gilmore Girls" while having a glass of wine.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... heavily involved in the arts. I was an "A" building kid through and through.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... when I sat in front of Oprah and Gayle King a few years ago at "The Color Purple" on Broadway. They came in at the very last second with a group of security guards. It's all the entire audience could talk about at intermission.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to Disney World. I love the Disney parks. One of my bucket list items it to go to all of the international Disney parks.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... stay alone in a haunted house overnight.

America should be more concerned about ... funding for the arts, both in general and specifically for educational purposes. Getting kids exposed to the arts at a young age gives them an important skill set that will be with them for the rest of their lives.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... copies of "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott. I collect copies when I travel and have a whole lot of versions in four different languages from five different countries.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Instagram. I love the photo aspect of social media, so it's my favorite platform.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? In high school, a friend of mine was comforting me after the death of my grandfather, and he said, "it's OK not to be OK." That might not seem revolutionary, but we live in a culture that mostly supports suppressing feelings. It's important to remember that it's okay to feel things, good, bad and otherwise.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Lizzo. Or Sara Bareilles. It's a 60/40 split right now. Although for longer road trips, I usually have podcasts at the ready.

I always get sentimental when ... looking through old photo albums.

The older I get, the more I realize ... it's important to focus less on comparing myself with others and focus more on making choices that make me happy.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have gotten to know my grandmother better. She passed away when I was fairly young, and I feel like I missed out on getting to spend more time with such an incredible lady.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my black leather jacket. I got it in Wales when I was studying abroad in London my senior year of college. I love it because it reminds me of the adventures I had that semester and because it's a great look.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's that it's more productive to get involved in positive change than continually complaining about things, but not doing anything to change them.

Kelsey Deters, 25, is assistant director of the District. Deters was born and raised in Quincy and has a lot of family in the area, including her parents, Beth and Rich Deters. She is engaged to Brodie Woodward, and they have two very sweet dogs, Kirk and Luke.