Riverside Arts Council Patrick Brien profiles Moreno Valley actress, Pamela Lambert

By Patrick Brien| Riverside Arts Council

PUBLISHED: March 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm| UPDATED: March 7, 2019 at 2:17 pm

As Pamela Lambert was growing up in Terra Haute, Indiana, her family moved several times and she went to a number of different schools.

“As a result I entertained myself, reading, pretending to be characters from the books I read, and creating plays with my dolls,” she said. “I had a rich imagination.”

Lambert studied dance as a child, and was eager to do every show she could with the dance studio or within her school. But when she was in fifth grade she heard her teacher read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” aloud to the class.

“I was mesmerized,” Lambert said. “I knew then I wanted to be able to create that magic for other peopleLambert’s high school drama teacher encouraged her to work with a local community theater that had an affiliation with Indiana State University. She started by doing makeup and played small roles before eventually being cast as Maggie the Cat in the classic Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” after she graduated.

Lambert said that she spent several years taking sporadic theater classes before getting her Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from Cal State San Bernardino. She received her Master of Arts in Shakespeare in Performance, an interdisciplinary program she was allowed to write herself.

Embracing the study of theater has been a constant for Lambert, who has lived in Moreno Valley nearly four years. She worked on Shakespeare intensives with the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, scene study with William Ball, a founder of the American Conservatory, and private coaching with Art Manke, an original founder of A Noise Within.

“I also studied improv with CBS Comedy on the Lot,” Lambert said. “I’ve learned everywhere I’ve gone and still do.”

Shortly after arriving in California, Lambert began working as an actress at the Calikage Playhouse, a melodrama theater in Calico Ghost Town. When the owner decided to sell, Lambert and her husband mortgaged their house to buy it. Over the next 17 years, Lambert was producer, artistic director, actor and playwright.

“You name it, I did it,” she said. “I learned so much playing for tourists every day, sometimes eight shows a day. I learned timing, character development, how to control an unruly crowd without creating an incident. During that time I learned more about improv than anywhere else. Then I got an offer I couldn’t refuse and sold it. I loved it, but it was time to move on.”

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