Creative Quarantine: Singer / Actor / Writer / Producer Teri Hansen

Teri Hansen

1. How are you holding up?

Depends on the day. It’s a battle to find the spirit of creativity while there is so much suffering and uncertainty. To create seems almost selfish to me under these circumstances. Should we expect anyone to welcome the invitation to be an audience to anything? I’ve turned my creativity to silence. I find myself listening, being still, and being an audience to this profound global crisis, its sadness, and its beauty.

2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?

From the practical aspect of my industry, there is no work. Public venues will likely not return to ‘normal’ until there is a vaccine, so I’m bracing for fall of 2021. I’m holding my artistry in a more sacred place now. Using this time to go deeper and finds new ways of connecting through art.

Teri Hansen as Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music

3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over?

Spending more time in nature, silence, meditation, visualization, and connecting with people in a non-virtual way. I feel the artistic/creative benefit this has and am inspired to create in more meaningful ways.

4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?

I’ve unplugged, so I don’t know. I would say those whose art is centered in compassion.

Miss Hansen has received International recognition for her crossover abilities as a singing actor. She recently starred as “Madame Baurel” in the North American Tour of Christopher Wheeldon’s Tony Award winning production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and as the Baroness “Elsa Schraeder” in the North American Tour of Jack O’Brien’s critically acclaimed production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. She has appeared as a guest star in Season Seven of THE BLACKLIST, Season Twenty of LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, and Season Four of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.