Santa Fe actor Danielle Louise Reddick is constantly on the go.
While she was performing in Ironweed Productions’ presentation of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece “The Crucible” (Oct. 26-Nov. 12) at El Museo Cultural, she was called for a three-day gig to stand in for an actress in “Tremors,” starring Kevin Bacon.
“We had to be outside, in the boonies, in the cold and wind for 12 hours a day,” explains Reddick, a member of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) who has appeared in a number of films and new media productions.
Born in Harlem, New York and proud to say she was born in Harlem Hospital, Reddick “fell” into acting during elementary school.
She had a bad stutter in the third grade and was put into a speech class that utilized games as a learning tool. By the fourth grade, she was cast as the lead in a school play.
“I found that when I memorized lines for a play, I didn’t stutter,” she recalls.
During her junior and senior years studying at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, Reddick had the opportunity to work with director Anthony Abeson (whose former students include Jennifer Aniston and Ian Somerhalder from “The Vampire Diaries”). After high school she performed in off-off Broadway productions, did street theater and was part of a company that traveled to schools in the outskirts of the city to perform short theatrical shows.
In 1995, Reddick joined an international tour of the stage show STOMP, in which she played a character offering comic relief. It was during the tour that she met her husband, Giuseppe Quinn, who was the show’s merchandise manager and owned a home in the Santa Fe area.
“After touring with the show for four years, doing seven shows a week, I needed time to decompress so I came to New Mexico and stayed at Giuseppe’s place,” Reddick says. “I loved Santa Fe right away. While I was in New York, I actually had prayed for a way out. The city was an awesome place to grow up but it wasn’t as much fun for an adult needing to make a living.”
Within a few years of living in Santa Fe, Reddick had performed with Shakespeare in Santa Fe. Through Shakespeare in Santa Fe, she connected with Theater Grottesco’s founding artistic director John Flax and artistic associate Kent Kirkpatrick and became part of the company.
In 2005, Reddick and Quinn co-founded RedQuyn Zoom Productions, which creates live performances and video productions. The couple often uses puppets in their acts. Reddick had been introduced to the world of puppetry when she worked with multidisciplinary artist Janie Geiser, one of the pioneers of the renaissance of American avant-garde puppet theater, in New York prior to the STOMP tour.
“I love puppets,” says Reddick, who has made around a dozen puppets of her own. “What I bring to the big stage is focused into these little objects. I act through them. It’s enormously challenging to work with them but so magical. It’s really rewarding when it works.”
To enhance her puppet-making skills, Reddick attended a marionette-carving working in Prague, Czech Republic during the summer of 2016.
While Reddick continues to feel passionate about her work with local theater companies, she’s constantly brainstorming solo theatrical projects, many of which involve working with puppets.
“I’m writing scripts all the time,” she adds. “What interests me is understanding the world around me from a personal perspective. I’m fascinated by science. I think about cosmology. I want to understand the universe.”