name: bailey blaise
location: everywhere & nowhere (and by that I mean typically a 2013 black toyota camry affectionately known as Wanda)
background: a sassy only child from the "best small town in america" who spent 13 years in catholic school, 8 years on a nationally ranked competitive cheerleading team, and 18 years in a home where jimmy buffett was the unofficial (official) religion
occupation: actress (in another life probably an archaeologist)
education: b.a. in musical theatre from the university of alabama (and 3 credits shy of a b.s. in political science - damn you, american politics 101!!!); master's degree in business from the university of missouri
small pleasures: cobblestone streets, very large margaritas, anything written by joan didion, the sound of an orchestra tuning up, pasta pasta and pasta, sand volleyball, the wild west, the word "tchotchke", dive bars, hot yoga, summer thunderstorms, used books with handwritten notes, gordon ramsay yelling at people, hole-in-the-wall indian restaurants, oxford commas, being compared to stevie nicks
once described as: "the ideal midwestern girl-next-door on the outside, with big city confidence and a serious aversion to bullsh*t on the inside"
Yvette in Clue
Judy Sears in Trouble in Mind
at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
in The Play That Goes Wrong
at the Fulton Theatre
in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
at the Fulton Theatre
"In a show about triple threats -- dancer, singer, actor --[Blaise] speaks volumes without a word. ... For overtly flirtatious Sheila, [Blaise] finessed nuances, showing us the wounded romantic beneath the rogue. Her almost-mended heart beats through curves and curls, smirks and innuendo. [Blaise's] lead in to the “At the Ballet” trio is a balanced tragic-comic knockout, letting enough light in to show why Sheila needs escape."
-Mark Hughes Cobb, Tuscaloosa News
(on Blaise as Sheila in A Chorus Line)
2022 Michael & Jan Finlayson Acting Award Recipient
for work at the
Utah Shakespeare Festival
"Among the white characters, Judy Sears (played by Bailey Blaise) is the most interesting. Blaise allowed the character’s initial naivety to drop away, and it was gratifying to see Judy learn how to listen to her co-workers’ firsthand experiences with racism."
-Utah Theatre Bloggers Association
JANUARY 2023 //
Falling in love with Lancaster, PA & the Fulton Theatre... so let's stick around a little longer, shall we???
u/s Sandra in The Play That Goes Wrong at The Fulton Theatre
NOVEMBER 2022 //
Blaise has been nominated for a 2022 regional BroadwayWorld award!
Best Supporting Actress in a Play for Judy Sears in Trouble in Mind at the Utah Shakespeare Festival