Hailing from a small town just north of the Mason Dixon line, Izze Gibson grew up surrounded by music. At the tender age of five, she would put her father’s vinyl recording of West Side Story on and dance around the living room in full performance mode. As soon as she was old enough her spare time was filled with dance classes, music lessons, rehearsals, and performances. As she reached her senior year of high school, Izze had learned to play the piano, clarinet, cello, alto saxophone, and bassoon.
During her time at Susquehannock High School, Izze began getting involved in theatrics, and performed supporting and lead roles at The York Little Theatre, a local community theatre. This inspired Izze to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City in order to fine tune her talents as an actress, dancer, and musician. After spending 18 months in New York, Izze was ready for something new and transferred to the Los Angeles campus, where she graduated. A few short months later, Izze returned to New York to complete her Bachelors degree at The New School University.
Along with completing her degree in New York, Izze worked with her sister Kate on developing a non-profit theatre company, The Red Door Theatre. Together, they produced over 10 plays and musicals. The experience of starting with a script and ending with a full production stimulated an urge to work more behind the scenes. Taking all of the bits and pieces, the details and the necessary elements, and making them work together was a thrilling endeavor.
While producing theatre, she kept performing and auditioning. Unfortunately, during a routine dance audition, Izze suffered a significant injury to her right hip, which required surgery and six months of recovery. It was at this time that she began writing and focusing on establishing her voice as a playwright. Within the next two years she wrote and produced three works: City Lights: a play with dance, Detention Therapy (MRT Winter One-Act Competition Finalist, Strawberry One-Act Fest Semi-Finalist, The Network One-Act Festival Semi-Finalist), and FanChick.
In December of 2013, Izze decided to relocate to a new city and begin a new chapter, which took her to Chicago. Settling into a new city was both exhilarating and terrifying, and with the change in scenery, Izze began deliberating what kind of career would allow her to encompass all of the things she enjoys. Business minded, artistically driven, and with a knack for leadership, she quickly learned that she has all of the passions necessary to succeed with Music Licensing and Publishing. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Columbia College Chicago, Izze launched her media company, Far From Home Entertainment.
At the end of the day, Izze has always believed that one should follow their dreams, no matter which direction they take them. Lucy Liu said it best: “I try to believe like I believed when I was five… when your heart tells you everything you need to know.”