Tyler Esselman (Fogg) is beyond pleased to be working with Theatreworks Colorado Springs for the first time. Based in Chicago, some credits include Hellcab (The Agency), Raised in Captivity (Right Brain Project), and Homo Andronicus (The Antidote). This past summer, Tyler premiered a solo piece entitled The Celebrity Guide to Mental Health and Wellness as part of SoLow Fest Philadelphia. Keep an eye out for this show at your local Fringe festival in 2020. He would like to thank Theatreworks and this fantastic team for the opportunity to make some magic in the mountains this holiday season.
Theatreworks: Home town?
Tyler Esselman: St. Louis, MO.
TW: Home now?
TE: The city of big shoulders! Chicago.
TW: Who/what inspired you to get involved in theatre?
TE: Star Wars and Harry Potter and all the other great stories I was exposed to as a kid.
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
TE: The amazing, generous women who taught me about theatre in high school: PJ Barbeau and Jessica Winningham.
TW: One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers.
TE: We must not talk down to the young ones. We need to be making theatre that respects their intelligence and asks them challenging questions. And it must always lead them in the direction of kindness.
TW: Favorite place you’ve performed/worked?
TE: Honestly? Here at Theatreworks. I'm one lucky dude.
TW: Bucket-list role/show?
TE: The Scottish Play.
TW: How do you eat an Oreo?
TE: Twist that sucker apart. Then the side without frosting first, followed by the frosted one. Gotta delay that gratification.
TW: Why does Around the World in 80 Days matter now?
TE: Around the World in 80 Days matters now because it reminds us to be open to the world and that we're nothing without our friends.
TW: What’s on your playlist these days?
TE: I'm finally getting into Bob Dylan! Especially Time Out of Mind. That cat, plus Kamasi Washington and, per usual, Wilco.