Andrea’s love for acting

Andrea Moreno Sáenz is an actress with CHARGE Syndrome, a type of intellectual disability. She was born 32 years ago in the United States and currently lives in Lima, Peru, where she has participated in several plays. She has found in theater a passion and a life project. In this interview for the 3Love Inc. blog, we talked with Andrea about her love for acting and her experience as an actress.

Andrea Moreno Sáenz is an actress with CHARGE Syndrome, a type of intellectual disability. She was born 32 years ago in the United States and currently lives in Lima, Peru, where she has participated in several plays. She has found in theater a passion and a life project. In this interview for the 3Love Inc. blog, we talked with Andrea about her love for acting and her experience as an actress.

 

We also talked with Andrea and her mother, Liliana Saénz, about her upcoming projects. Andrea is currently attending Capaz Peru, an interdisciplinary association that promotes the recognition of diverse capacities in the cultural, educational and organizational sector through the arts and other participatory methodologies; promoting the social model of disability with a focus on rights. There, Andrea and her colleagues are preparing with great enthusiasm and dedication a free version of “Romeo and Juliet”, to be presented in June.

 

How long have you been an actress?

 

Andrea: For quite some time. Since I was 17 years old.

 

How did you get interested in acting?

 

Andrea: I like the world of acting. I find it beautiful. I love it when my family goes to see me at the theater.

 

Tell us about your experience at the Musical Theater School “Liberarte”.

 

Andrea: In “Liberarte” I did some plays. I played Wednesday in the play “The Addams Family”. I had two singing teachers. It was difficult, but they helped me a lot.

 

How was that experience for you? Did you like it?

 

Andrea: Yes, it was nice.

 

What do you like the most when you are on stage in a play?

 

Andrea: I like being with my colleagues. And I also like the applause from the audience.

 

Tell us about your experience with Capaz Peru.

 

Andrea: In Capaz I have also done some plays, last year we did “A Doll’s House”.

 

Last year you were at the inauguration of the Arts and Disability Encounter at the Cultural Center of Spain. How did it feel to share that space with other artists who also have disabilities?

 

Andrea: I felt happy, content. I learned many things. The choreographer helped us a lot. I made a new friend, who does not hear but uses sign language.

 

I imagine that you have made many friends thanks to the theater.

 

Andrea: Yes, I have made many friends.

 

Liliana (Andrea’s mom): Andrea’s world is the theater. It is her life project. Her focus and priority is theater.

 

You are currently rehearsing a new play, right?

 

Andrea: Yes, “Romeo and Juliet”. We are doing it with Capaz.

 

Tell us how the rehearsals and preparations for the play are going.

 

Andrea: We are going to do a free version of the play. In March we will receive the texts and the play will be performed in June.

 

Liliana: It will be a play that defends the sexuality rights of people with disabilities. Now they are in the psychological preparation stage, because in Capaz they want to defend the right of people with disabilities to fall in love, because they fall in love and feel the same way we do. Even we as parents have sometimes set limits for ourselves, but in Capaz they have told us that we must think that our children have the same right as we do to make their own lives, to have a partner, to get married. And that is what this play is going to address, that they have a life beyond what people see.

 

What is your dream as an actress? Do you have any goals you would like to achieve?

 

Andrea: I would like to follow the example of my favorite actress, Cecilia Tosso. She does theater as well.

 

What do we need to do in society to integrate people with disabilities more?

 

Andrea: Give us more opportunities.

 

Liliana: Sometimes she sees a series or a program where a person with a disability appears, she gets excited and says: “I want that, I want to be there”. Or she sees that there are people with disabilities who travel to take a play to other countries and she says “I want that”. She longs for that independence. She has a frustration, she wants to work but there are no jobs for people with disabilities. They also have the ability to do many things, but they are not given the opportunity. There is no open door, there is no inclusion. That’s what we need from society: to be more inclusive. My daughter might not be able to go to a university and get a degree, but she has shown at 32 years old how difficult it was for her to live and now she has managed to walk, because before she could not walk, with injections she has grown, she even needed a speech therapist to speak and now she speaks both languages: English and Spanish. My goal now is for her to develop. And we have found a beautiful world in theater, which she loves. When they act, the children transmit great happiness. When she performs, I see that she feels fulfilled and happy.

 

By: Juan Carlos Ugarelli

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