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Meredith DiPaolo Stephens
Born in Illinois, I also lived in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and North Carolina before my eleventh birthday. Later, I lived in Arizona for seven years before returning to North Carolina with my family. The result of frequent relocations is an organically rich, grounded Standard American accent that I am proud to call mine.
I grew up in a family of avid readers, public speakers, and community actors. Some of my favorite memories include my father reciting poetry to us, especially Edgar Alan Poe around Halloweentime each year! My earliest memory of Shakespeare was seeing a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream when I was ten years old, and I fell in love. I suddenly realized that a story in a book can come alive in my ears and right before my eyes. I wanted more, more Shakespeare, more theatre, more stories.
After years of dabbling while raising four young children, I began to earnestly pursue acting in 2001. More than twenty years later, I see myself as more than an actor. I'm a storyteller, and the stories I want to tell are real stories about real people doing the hard work of being human in an increasingly inhumane world. These stories come in many forms - comedy, drama, mystery, romance, historical, thriller, or suspense - and all are aching to be heard.