Thursday, July 9, 2015

Spotlight On...Caitlin Zoz

Name: Caitlin Zoz

Hometown: Currently living in Inwood.  Originally from Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Education: NYU Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing

Select Credits: New York: Dance Dance Revolution (Dir Alex Timbers), PopUp Theatrics- Hotel Project, Broken City LES;  Regional: Long Wharf Theatre- Our Town, Ivoryton Playhouse- The Seven Year Itch

Why theater?: There is something about the nature of being in front of a live audience, that is I can't compare to anything else.  The immediacy of the theater creates a bond between the performers and audience members, that is truly unique and almost sacred.  A kind of communication happens which can transcend that of normal conversation, and really deeply affect and change all parties involved.

Who do you play in Broken City: Harlem?: I play a spiritual healer of sorts.

Tell us about Broken City: Harlem: Broken City Harlem is a live action ride through one of the coolest neighborhoods in manhattan (the world!)

What is it like being a part of Broken City: Harlem?: It's awesome.  My experience is a little different then some of the other performers in that I only perform in one place.  That being said, after sitting in the same area of the same park for the last few weeks, I've really gotten to know the faces, the people who pass through and in some cases live there.  It's the best kind of people watching, I get to see them on every kind of day.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Any theater that is really saying something inspires me.  Too often in main stream theater, it seems to be full of fluff and characters who aren't relatable. Characters, that as an audience member, I don't care about.  I am inspired by artists, who are brave enough to create art that is innovative and honest. Art that is full of all the hope and sadness and love and hate  and everything in between.  It's hard to wear your heart on your sleeve for everyone, but to me the artists who are capable of doing that in their art are the ones who inspire me to attempt the same through my own creations.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: I would love to play Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

What’s your favorite showtune?: "Be a Lion" from The Wiz

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: John Tiffany

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Emilia Clark.  "Don't Forget to Look Up"

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Bert Lahr in Waiting for Godot

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Hand to God

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Anything sweet

What’s up next?: I'm developing a short film which we will shoot in the fall.

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