Theatre or theater?
Theater. I think it gives a more American colour to this word which is at the centre of our work.
Strangest theater-related job?
One summer, when I was 19, I was in the cast of YOUNG ABE LINCOLN, a historical dramatic musical about Lincoln's formative years growing up in Indiana. It featured such numbers as the love duet "Aw, Shucks," and the show-stopper "My Gee-haw Whimmy-diddle" (I'll show you the dance if you get me drunk enough). Also, for $5 extra a performance, I cleaned the 1700 amphitheater house with a few other actors. One time I found someone's dentures in an empty popcorn container.
What experience made you want to become a director?
Finding those dentures.
No...probably...directing THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES in college. I had trained as an actor up to that point. When BLUE LEAVES went up, I thought perhaps I had gotten it all wrong, but was dying to try it again! I felt the process was the first event in my life that had used every single part of me.
Very first role on stage?
Litterbug Lauren in a musical about environmental friendliness, at a summer daycamp when I was 10. I had to tape trash all over my large t-shirt and stirrup leggings.
If you were a 1980s television show sidekick, who would you be?
Joey on "Full House."