ACACIA LEIGH DUNCAN decided to become an actor while she was reading Hamlet at Lansing Eastern High School. As she tells it: “The words spoke to me and I wanted in turn to speak those words.” She didn’t declare this notion to the world until college — at freshman orientation. Thankfully she was accepted by and is now a proud graduate of the Miami University Theatre Department. Acacia has also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and with the SITI company. However, it has been through her ongoing collaboration with Available Light that she has grown the most as an artist and human being. She loves roles that give her a physical challenge or ask her to play against type — mostly she likes the work to be difficult or scare her in some way. She hopes with each new role to grow in her craft and in her awareness of the world and her place in it.
Acacia spends her days making women look and feel beautiful as an Account Coordinator for Estée Lauder at Macy’s stores in Columbus and the surrounding area. She loves her job.
What she loves most is living in Columbus with her inspiring husband, Matt, and her sweet Weimaraner, Beckett. The mix of comfort and culture (and amazing food and coffee) in Columbus is perfect for her sensibilities. The husband and the puppy are nice as well. When she is not in a rehearsal room, on stage, or behind a makeup counter, you are likely to spot Acacia at a local coffee house (mostly Luck Bros. or Mission Coffee) reading on her iPad. Either that or she is at home watching episodes of Sherlock on Netflix.