WIKN: Betsy Helmer

Ever since childhood, Betsy Helmer has known she wanted to be a performer. As an undergrad at Georgetown University, she majored in Psychology and Theater because “I loved learning about people, how they express themselves, how they live their lives and why,” she said. “The two disciplines of Psychology and Theater connected my passion for understanding people from all walks of life.” This passion lead her to choose acting as a profession, and learning what makes people tick has translated well into Betsy’s current role as an actor with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. “I get to connect with people on the deepest level I’ve ever discovered,” she said. “I have never felt more present than when I am onstage, and that creates a type of connection that is almost divine in nature.”

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