Meet Faby Roman – Mixed Blood’s Audience Outreach Associate!

Posted on November 7, 2013

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Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself!

A: I was born and raised in Southern California. Both my parents are originally from Mexico and met when they came to the states. I was raised by my mom and stepdad (interesting fact: my stepdad is a Vietnamese immigrant). I have two younger sisters, Anna and Amy. I grew up in a mostly hispanic community in Santa Ana and then moved to Garden Grove during my middle school and high school days, in a mostly Vietnamese neighborhood.

I went to Creighton University in Omaha, NE. It was such a drastic change in my life (interesting fact: I am the first in my family to go to a four year college). I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never lived anywhere else in the states so it was quite the adventure, especially experiencing snow for the first time. I went into college deciding between psychology or Pre-Med. My eyes were opened to a whole new world and way of living when I studied abroad in the Dominican Republic. I dropped Pre-Med and continued with the psychology degree. I became fascinated with multiculturalism and research through a dear professor and good friend of mine. I really enjoy learning and being exposed to diverse groups of people. I think being exposed to Mexican and Vietnamese customs while growing up developed my interest in learning about culture and the way it comes to shape individuals.

My most recent hobby has been knitting. I have always been interested and finally got the chance to learn so I have been using knitting as a way to free my mind from my everyday routine.

Q: What brought you to Mixed Blood Theatre?

Meet Fabiola Roman, Audience Outreach Associate

Meet Fabiola Roman, Audience Outreach Associate

A: I’m here because of the St. Joseph Worker Program, a year long volunteer program for women started by the Sisters of St. Joseph meant to develop and empower young women.

As graduation approached, I knew I wanted to do service for a year or two to focus on my personal growth and take time to figure out my next step in life. I applied to Peace Corps because of my interest in doing international work but when I discovered the St. Joseph Worker Program I  knew I had to do it! The values of community, living simply, spirituality, and leadership really resonated with me. I wanted a volunteer program that would intentionally focus on personal growth and give me the resources necessary to go about that.

Once accepted into the program, I interviewed with various places and one of those was Mixed Blood. I interviewed with Amanda and she sold the me on Mixed Blood. I felt called to be at here after that.

Q: What has been your favorite part about living in Minneapolis?

A: My favorite part is all the wonderful things to do. I absolutely love how liveable it is. The transportation system and bike trails are great. People are really into their local and organic foods. These are my people!

Q: What has been the most challenging thing about working for Mixed Blood?

A: I’ve never worked at a theatre before and have no prior experience in the arts or in the non-profit world so it has been somewhat of a challenge but also a very rewarding learning experience. I have found that most growth comes from being exposed to something totally out of your comfort zone.

Q: What has been the environment working in an arts non-profit?

A: I would say the general environment in an arts non-profit world is unique. I had no idea how big and supported the arts world was until I came to Minneapolis. Especially at Mixed Blood there is such an inclusivity and equality to all people no matter what background you’re from. I am extremely proud to be a part of something extraordinarily spectacular.

Q: What is the best part about working for Mixed Blood?

A: The wonderful people I am surrounded by! From the start I felt so welcomed, loved and supported. I always mention to my housemates how fortunate I feel to be working with such amazing people. Their work ethic and their strong belief in Mixed Blood’s mission inspires me everyday.

Q: Which show are you most excited to see this season?

A: I am actually not quite sure. This will be my first season so I am excited to see the process of each one of them.

Welcome to the team, Faby! We are so happy to have you here!!

Welcome to the team, Faby! We are so happy to have you here!!

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