Monday, July 25, 2016

Spotlight On...Kurt Hellerich

Name: Kurt Hellerich

Hometown: St. Joseph, Missouri

Education: BFA Webster Conservatory

Select Credits: Theory of Relativity at Goodspeed; Lion in Winter and Comedy of Errors at The St. Louis Rep; Lord of the Flies at The Denver Center; Peter Pan at Rocky Mountain Rep

Why theater?: If I had an answer to that question, it would probably save my family a lot of headaches.

Who do you play in TINK?: I play a little character called Peter Pan. Ever heard of him?

Tell us about TINK: Tink is a coming-of-age story about a beloved character that, until now, has gotten very little attention. It's full of love, danger, charm, mystery...

What is it like being a part of TINK?: It's a red letter day when you get to collaborate on new material. I am over-the-moon to be doing what I love in this city, and I am wholly grateful to the creative team for this opportunity.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I think the seed of inspiration comes from mindfulness. I'm inspired when I'm paying attention.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: All of the roles I dream of playing are a couple of decades yet out of reach.

What’s your favorite showtune?: That is a good question!

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Oh, boy. Just one?! That list is interminable. Daniel Sullivan, for starters...

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: I haven't the vaguest idea who would play me, but the powers-that-be who name this film would probably do well to call it "Lost Boy".

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Again, just one?! The first thing that comes to mind is Brando's performance in Streetcar.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Well, it's closed now, but Gregory S. Moss' Indian Summer at Playwrights' Horizons was flooring.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Whatever it is, it's definitely not equivocating during interviews...

What’s up next?: The Tempest Project with The Upstream Artists' Collective