Who Am I ?
1. Who am I?
Jamie Dibos Roach.
2. What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am an actor, playwright, and co-founder of Alive Worldwide (which is an Organization dedicated to “connectivity through creativity”). I co-founded Alive Worldwide with a powerful friend named Catherine Hanna, and we just finished producing/directing and co-writing an immersive theatrical show called The City. I am also involved in an immersive theater piece called Play/Date, which I wrote a one-act play for. Play/Date is happening till mid-August at Fat Baby on the LES.
3. Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Portland, Oregon, and raised in San Diego, California. I’m going to India. It is my goal to be in a Bollywood film and be part of some sort of documentary film project there with my boyfriend, Jonathan Zautner. He doesn”t know this yet.
4. Who is your biggest hero?
That’s a tough one because I have great parents and over 40 incredible aunts and uncles. I’ll opt for saying my hero is Jennifer Anyayo, my friend in Uganda, who perseveres past physical obstacles beyond my comprehension and practices equally incomprehensible gratitude, faith, and presence throughout.
5. What book is your bible?
Jesus Calling. I met a woman at a bar I worked at once, and she and I became friends as I served her drinks. She then mailed me this book and it is so grounding to read every morning. I wouldn”t say I”m totally up to date on the actual Bible, but this book is really soul-satisfying, as are Osho, Brene Brown, Anne LaMott, Paolo Coelho, Miguel Ruiz…
6. What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love seeing people come together for a creative outlet, with an added weight of having a pro-social effect. I hate when people (myself included) are too caught up in their heads to be present with others.
7. What is your raison d”être?
To swim in the ocean and to find an excuse to sing and dance with strangers and friends. Both are always there. Both are always available.
8. What is your favorite color?
I once asked a famous designer the same question and he responded, “opaque and the color of oil on water.” I thought it pretentious but then realized they are both actually quite beautiful so I don’t blame him. Blue, but I would love to be able to say green. But it is blue.
9. Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Waldo from Where”s Waldo. Love that guy.
10. What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
El Rey in the LES.
11. What turns you on?
Seeing people come alive–from a genuine spot, and expressing themselves wholeheartedly.
12. What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What are the best ways, venues, means to laugh as hard as possible, be as relaxed as possible, feel mischievous and free, connected with other people, and benefit the world/environment all at the same time?
I have no idea. But that”s what I hope to create and be a part of. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know.
Jamie Roach is an actor, playwright, and co-founder of Alive Worldwide.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Photography by Cecilia Şenocak & Courtesy of Jamie Roach
Design by Francesca Rimi
Jamie Roach, Photography by Cecilia Şenocak & Courtesy of Jamie Roach