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WSJ calls theatre alumna Sally Eames "Best of the Best"

Sally EamesUI Theatre Alumna Sally Eames called “Best of the Best” by The Wall Street Journal

CHICAGO, IL (Dec. 27, 2013) University of Idaho Theatre Alumna Sally Eames may be the best actor in the country. In its Best Theatre of 2013 list, The Wall Street Journal labeled her most recent performance “Best Performance in a Play.” “Sally Eames was hauntingly true to life in "Woman in Mind,” Alan Ayckbourn's serious comedy about a brain-damaged woman who mistakes her fantasies of a loving family for the real thing, produced in Chicago as part of Eclipse Theatre Company's all-Ayckbourn season.”

Eames, who received her Idaho MFA in 2005, is an ensemble member at Eclipse. She moved to Chicago from Moscow four years ago because “I wanted to see if I could do it. I wanted to see if I could compete as an actor in this market… I guess I can.”

This “try it and see” attitude is in everything Eames does. She created her business, Corage Coaching, “to work with people who are stuck. I help people work around their fears and blocks and move into lives that fulfill them. To be an artist whose work moves people, you have to face your fear; you have to keep testing your limits and moving beyond them. Turns out, you have to do that to be a happy human being as well.”

That sentiment echoes through Eames’ pursuit of an MFA. “I was at a point in my career as an actor where I knew it was change or die time. I needed to find a new way to be in theatre or to leave the art form entirely. I’m so glad I found a way to evolve and move forward. It’s funny; I just wanted to be a better actor. Now, I’m getting national recognition. I certainly didn’t expect that. You never know where your life is going to take you. But if you listen to the truth in yourself and focus on being a good person, it’ll end up being an amazing ride.”

While living in Moscow after receiving her degree, Eames taught classes in the University of Idaho Theatre and Film and Psychology and Communications Departments and in the Core Program and worked as an Artist Relations Assistant for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival and briefly as an administrative assistant for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Collections.