Desmond Fernandez didn’t expect to enjoy theatre when he first began.
“I always thought theatre kids were weird,” said Fernandez, “They were loud and obnoxious and I didn’t want to do it"
Fernandez graduated from Westerville South High School and has been performing since the sixth grade while being involved in athletics and student government. He got a little taste of
A friend of Fernandez convinced him to try out for “Around the World in 8 Plays” in the sixth grade. He was hooked on theatre after that. He later played roles such as Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid,” Papa Ge in “Once on This Island” and Tom Robinson in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
These characters were draining and took the most energy from Fernandez. For “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Fernandez would get into the total mindset of Tom Robinson by keeping track of his heart beat via Fitbit.
“I like to make every character I play original and true to myself,” said Fernandez, “We can’t look at actors as people who simply try to imitate the character or who played it previously.”
In high school, Fernandez played football,
“I was being made fun of,” said Fernandez, “I was called ‘gay’ and ‘theatre boy.’”
The name-calling didn’t stop him. For Fernandez, that added fuel to the fire.
“I knew that if I was okay with being different and being made fun of for doing theatre and I’m happy, then why not keep doing it?” said Fernandez.