Mackie Raymond is an actor, vocal artist, arts administrator and consultant, living and working in the NC Triangle + Triad areas. She holds a B.A. in Communication Media, Vocal Performance, and Arts Entrepreneurship from NC State University, and has worked with theatre companies throughout North Carolina. She is also the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Star Pocket Theatre, a Raleigh-based theatre company. In November of 2017, she co-produced Mashallah: Exploring Middle Eastern Identities in America, a storytelling event, and in April of 2018, she starred as Frankie Addams in Star Pocket’s inaugural stage production of Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding. In 2017, she worked as Raleigh Little Theatre's first annual Jack Hall Artistic Intern. She is currently working full-time as Triad Stage's first annual Marketing and Development Apprentice, for their 2018-2019 season.
I believe in theatre as a means of transforming a culture. My most formative education has taken place in the theater, in trading stories. I feel that I am carrying on a great legacy every time I take the stage: I am baring my soul to an audience, and together we are expanding our connections and collapsing our divisions. There is no education more necessary than this.
My work is grounded in radical empathy. It is an active, ongoing exercise in understanding other people, and finding our common ground. I often say that I feel more invested in the lives of the roles I inhabit than in my own life, and this is true. I am most vibrantly alive when I am inhabiting a character. I become obsessed with my characters. They never leave me.
There is something revolutionary about being sensitive, tender, and soft in a world that encourages us to be hard, to conceal our truest selves. I consider my sensitivity my greatest strength, and my rebellion. For me, there is no thrill like feeling deeply. It is this thrill that brings me back to the theater, again and again.