Katie Mixon with Pratida (Princess) Photos contributed by Katie Mixon “How does a girl from West Columbia, S.C. end up in Thailand working with elephants?” That’s a question Katie Mixon probably hears almost every time she meets someone new. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Theater & Speech, she continued her education in Florida to obtain another degree in zoo and animal science. Mixon began her globe-trotting by returning home to work at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo. While at Riverbanks, Mixon traveled as an ambassador for the zoo, and she said that was what opened her eyes to what a big world it was. “For the first time I got to really experience the world, and the more I saw, the more I wanted to see,” Mixon said in a recent interview while she was home to appear as Lady Macbeth with the South Carolina Shakespeare Company’s presentation of Macbeth. Bitten by the acting bug, Mixon also studied and obtained another degree in classical theater from the London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts. While in town last month, using both her degrees, between the Macbeth shows, she gave several talks about her work with… Read full this story
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