Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Spotlight On...Joseph Mitchell Parks
Hometown: Austin, TX
Education: St. Edwards University
Select Credits: Othello (Cassio, Wandering Bark Theatre Company); The Soldier Dreams (German Student, Theatre East); King Lear (Edmund, Shakespeare NYC); U/S five tracks in National tour of Romeo and Juliet with The Acting Company
Why theater?: Theatre has the power to bring people together in a way that I have never experienced outside of the theatre community. It brings together artists and the people in the community we live in.
What is it like being a part of The Seagull?: It is such an iconic play with iconic roles which is both exciting and terrifying. We have an extraordinary cast who are making these characters their own.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I am extremely passionate about Classical Theatre for the world today. Taking plays that have been produced for centuries and making relevent and still important in the world we live in today. I am in awe of companies such as Theatre For A New Audience, The National Theatre, RSC, and many more
Any roles you’re dying to play?: Richard II, one day Hamlet, and Joe in Angels in America
What’s your favorite showtune?: "Being Alive" from Company
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Spacey are three huge role models of mine
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Clybourne Park, Uncle Vanya, and Once
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Lots of Wine with really good cheese and baguette ;)
What’s up next?: After The Seagull, The Acting Company who I work with full time will begin rehearsals for our national tour of Of Mice and Men and As You Like It.
For more on The Seagull, visit http://www.wanderingbarktheatrecompany.org/