“Oh, there is just so much I want to do that it gets my head spinning!” says Khrys Kolomiyets with a great laugh. “You know, people say that if you find what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. And I love a lot of different experiences.” Although Khrys was born in Ukraine, she’s become about as thoroughly American as you can imagine. But that doesn’t mean she’s abandoned her culture and roots.
“I have many friends who moved here at a young age, and they have horrible accents when they speak Russian. But I go back to visit all the time, and I work at staying fluent. I read and write in Russian, and I will just never put that aspect of myself on the back burner. I read the books and write as much as possible so that I’ll always keep the language fresh and myself literate. We do, after all,” she says, laughing, “have just a little bit of a literary tradition.”
But it’s in another ‘tradition’—one involving footlights and grease paint—that Khrys plans to carve out her career. “I am determined to become a very serious stage actress, and this is my greatest love.” When asked about the quality of SMC’s Theatre Arts department, Khrys could only answer, “Wow! It really seems incredible. So far, I’m only involved in a dialect class, which is very difficult. But I just did my first monologue today of a classical piece, which went very well. And my next one is gonna be a Southern one, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Khrys adds that “these years in life are very good ones. I took a couple of years off to really find myself, and I’m very happy I did that, because now I’m fully aware of what I need to do and how much I need to learn. And I think that SMC is the perfect place to prepare myself for what I want to accomplish in my life.”