I grew up seeing shows, concerts, operas--anything my mom could afford, so it seems natural that I would end up doing theatre. I love that it is a field that supports, even requires, creative exploration and discovery.
My favorite part of any production is getting the designs and starting to figure out the puzzles: how to pattern it, how to sew it, what kind of structure it needs, does it need to be built and rigged to come on/off quickly, etc. Likewise, I enjoy figuring out how to teach this process to my students. It's all about creative problem-solving, so the more you know, the better equipped you will be to face every new challenge.
My favorite moment is always the look on students' faces when they finally 'get it' and they realize they know how to do it.
If I were to offer any advice to students, it would be to be patient with yourself and with the process. No one starts off being excellent at anything. Dive in, see what happens, and learn from your mistakes. Always encourage your curiosity.
Teachers who tried to tell me I couldn't do it.