Then and Now Interviews – Nurse

Heather Judkins

Role in CBP’s 2005 Romeo and Juliet: Nurse

I live in the Sacramento Area with my husband and our six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. I work part-time in our family business and volunteer at my children’s schools and at our church. In my free time, I love to paint and read.

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Westmont College, where I was able to perform in two international Shakespeare Festivals, intern for a women’s theatre company, and produce my own one-woman show. After college, I performed in several shows in the Sacramento Area. When I became a mother, I chose to take a step away from acting.

Theatre was a training ground for me to grow as a person, to know myself better by exploring other’s lives, motivations, actions and consequences. To me, theatre is a place to practice empathy and compassion more than any other art form. Where else do we interact so deeply with the human condition, except in our actual lives? Theatre provides a space to explore and practice, to speak sincerely without preaching, to connect with people who might be otherwise unavailable to us. My theatre training has made me better as a whole person, more in tune with my own heart and gentler towards others.

I think my experience with theatre, from my high school training with CB Productions on through college, has equipped me with a deeper understanding of people. My perspective on and choices in my daily interactions is informed by the time I have spent examining famous stories and characters. The chance to act out the stories of other people with my own voice and body has made me a better listener, less judgmental and more forgiving. I believe that art is powerful, and I am so very thankful for the time I spent as a young adult making theatre.

List all the CBP shows you were involved in. List any other theater experiences you have had since participating.

  • Anne of Green Gables (2003)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2003)
  • Little Women (2004)
  • The Odyssey (2004)
  • Romeo and Juliet (2005)

…. And I think I took every class Carla offered at the time ☺


What is one of your favorite memories of being in Romeo and Juliet?

One of my favorite memories of this show was when Carla encouraged me to pursue acting after high school. I was a senior during Romeo and Juliet, and at the end of tech week, Carla came to me and said, “You could really do this.” She never promised it would be easy, or that I would always be cast, but her encouragement helped me move forward at a transitional point in my life. I can honestly say that her words helped me walk the path that has led me to where I am today. I could not be more thankful.


Describe the character you played in the show and list some characteristics of your character that you admired.

The Nurse is the closest person to Juliet, her confidant and the nurturing figure in her life. I enjoyed playing Nurse because of her kindness, her unconditional support and love for Juliet, and also her bawdy sense of humor.

What were the challenges you faced when performing in Romeo and Juliet?

Shakespeare’s language has always been a joyful challenge, and I loved working out the rhythm and layers of meaning in the words.



Read the NOW interview with Alyssa Stranz HERE