Anne Marie Bonino-Britsch

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“I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. My mother plays guitar and sings. My dad was in a marching band in college, and there’s not an instrument that he picks up that he can’t play.” WILLIAM WIN/FOGHORN

If you’ve ever experienced the feeling of meeting someone and just knowing they will be successful one day, then you will understand how it feels to talk to Anne Marie Bonino-Britsch. She is a singer and actress, and she even wrote a rap for her sister last Christmas. While in conversation with Bonino-Britsch, a third-year marketing major with a minor in music from Glendale, California, we learned more about how she got started her craft and her dream person to sing with someday.

Kate Sagara: What’s the most challenging role you’ve ever played?

Anne Marie Bonino-Britsch: Last year in [USF’s] College Players production of “Heathers,” I got to play Martha, which was incredible. I absolutely loved that character. But it was really difficult because she does attempt suicide in that show. My parents were in the audience one night and I knew how difficult it would be to watch. My voice was cracking from tears.

KS: How did you become interested in music?

AB: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. My mother plays guitar and sings. My dad was in a marching band in college, and there’s not an instrument that he picks up that he can’t play. So music has always been around me. And my sister is my favorite singing partner. She and I harmonize like nobody’s business.

KS: What bothers you most about theater?  
AB: The lack of representation and opportunities for certain artists. I think that’s changing a lot, especially right now. Theater should be a place for all people to share their experiences and struggles and, for the most part, it is. But a lot of the time the same actors get to play the same derivative roles and I think we need to place the priority on uplifting and including all people.

KS: If you could collaborate with any one artist, who would it be?
AB: I would love to collaborate with Janelle Monae or Sara Bareilles. I think the latter especially has such a keen understanding of her craft and theory. They both have such interesting musical styles and incredible meaning behind their words.

You can see Bonino-Britsch in SIX, one of USF’s acapella groups which will be performing at ASUSF Voices’ 30th anniversary concert on April 14. You can also see her in the College Player’s production of “She Kills Monsters” on May 8-9.

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