We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Broberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jordan, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I was thirteen years old, I portrayed Hellen Keller in William Gibson’s play, The Miracle Worker. On closing night, I nearly lost a pinky after smashing a glass plate during a scene (I truly could not see it!) but, after a standing ovation and soaking my bloody costume in bleach, I had to come back for more. Since then, I have been in more than 70 plays, diving headfirst into training at the USC School of Dramatic Arts on a full-tuition scholarship.

I don’t have all the answers, but I’m glad that at the tender age of thirteen, I somehow knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. And I feel very lucky for that – for my intuition.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Driven by empathy and grit, I have found myself heavily drawn to queer-centered work, particularly work that highlights the nuance and struggle of marginalized communities in the religious space. I’ve always been intrigued by stories in which ones divine truth and ones societal obligation are in direct conflict. Infused with poetry, musicality and raw imagery, I strive to let the voices of the silenced unabashedly scream in my work.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This one’s easy.
8:00-10:00 AM – Breakfast at Sage Plant Bistro & Brewery (I’ve been vegan for three months and this place is my safe haven)
10:00-1:00 PM – Take a walk along Abbott Kinney in Venice and stop for lunch at The Butcher’s Daughter (highly recommend the mushroom calamari!) followed by an afternoon ice cream at Salt and Straw
1:00-4:00 PM – Spend the afternoon downtown to visit The Broad Museum and do some sight seeing
5:00-7:00 PM – Dinner at Grand Central Market (there is way too much good stuff there)
8:00-10:00 PM – Finish the evening with a film at Rooftop Cinema Club back in Santa Monica

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe it all to my mentor, Kathy Paladino, my drama teacher from 7th-12th grade. I don’t know what path I would be on if it weren’t for her taking a chance on me. She is the reason I am an artist.

Website: jordanbroberg.com

Instagram: @jobroooo

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