“My first ‘real theater’ experience happened when I was in middle school,” she said. “My mother signed me up for acting classes with The Pumphouse Players — and it was one of the most thrilling experiences ever. I was hooked. I remember performing a monologue and getting an emotional response from the audience.
“That’s one of the most addictive things about performing in or producing a play: you can get people to feel something and to think about things that hadn’t crossed their minds before. Of course, it’s also fun to simply make people forget about their troubles by making them laugh. Getting laughter from an audience is one of the most exhilarating things you’ll ever experience.”
Name: Meghann K. Humphreys
Occupation: Attorney; Pumphouse Players president
City of residence: Euharlee
Family: Two dogs, two cats
Education: Woodland High School, University of Central Florida, John Marshall Law School
How long have you been working as an attorney? What are your responsibilities and what led you to this line of work?
A: I have been an attorney since 2011. My first two years of practice were in Fulton County Juvenile Court, where I represented juvenile defendants in delinquency adjudications. I stumbled upon juvenile law purely by accident, but grew to enjoy helping kids out who found themselves in tough situations. Currently, I am exploring other areas of law, specifically real estate.
When did you become president of The Pumphouse Players and what are your responsibilities?
A: I became president at the end of October. My first responsibility is to support the mission statement of the Pumphouse Players: To promote and foster drama, live theatre, and the performing arts in and around Bartow County by presenting programs of integrity and professional quality, while affording any willing individual the opportunity to participate in such programs. My second group of responsibilities are found in the bylaws and are fairly typical: preside over annual and special membership meetings, serve as chairperson of board meetings, and serve in an ex-officio capacity on all standing committees — except the nominating committee.
What has been your favorite role to portray and/or what has been your favorite play to direct and why?
A: This will disappoint my mother to read, but here goes: It’s a tie between “Regan” in “King Lear” and “Lady Macbeth” in “Macbeth” — both by Shakespeare. (Thank you, Suzanne Husting and Morgan Brooks for giving me but a taste of those evil, horrible, conniving characters in the “Second Saturday Shakespeare” series.) It is just way too much fun to play a villain. My favorite show that I’ve directed is the most recent one: “Bad Seed.” It was kitschy and creepy, which are a super-fun combination. If you didn’t see it, you missed a real treat.
Describe Cartersville’s strengths and where it needs to grow as far as its arts community?
A: Cartersville is teeming with artistic talent. Big time. We have a plethora of amazing musicians. We’ve had people move from Cartersville to be on the big, bad Broadway stages. We have an amazing visual arts community — photographers, painters, potters. We have culinary artists at restaurants throughout Bartow County. We are a community with talented people. What we need now is support from the community as a whole to help foster these talents and to let other people know about all of these great things we have to offer. If that support isn’t there, people will go elsewhere.
What is your greatest professional and/or personal achievement?
A: Every time I was able to help a client, whether it was to go home for his birthday or by getting a case dismissed, it felt like the greatest achievement. There’s no greater feeling than the one you get when a client and his whole family hug you and tell you how much it meant to have you fight for them.
If you were not in this line of work, what would you like to do?
A: I would absolutely love to be a writer/director — just like one of my heroes, Mel Brooks.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
A: Tenacious, witty, creative.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I’m an introvert. I wish I had a dollar for every person who said they were surprised that a thespian could be an introvert … because then I might be able to pay off my student loans.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Lately, I have been having a bit of fun playing around on ancestry.com. So far, I’ve been able to track down at least three ancestors who qualify me for the DAR [Daughters of the American Revolution], which is pretty darn cool.
Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?
A: The historic Legion Theatre, of course.