Introducing Mark Ulrich, our next TGotW: Guest Artist Edition!
A Chicago-based member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mark offers some insight and humor, as this week’s TGotW. Mark can be seen this summer in IUST’s productions of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (Stage Manager) and The Foreigner (Charlie).
1. When did first you realize you were a “theatre geek”?
Even after three decades, I’m still not entirely certain that I’m included in the club. Every morning I expect a phone call or an email informing me that there has been a grave mistake – my equity card is being revoked, and all past shows in which I was cast only occurred because of a clerical error.
2. What is your favorite thing about the theatre, and why?
My favorite thing about theater is its impermanence – it vanishes with very little trace, if any at all. That, and the snacks at opening night.
3. Do you have a favorite show or role? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite role was in a college production of THE VISIT, where I played one of the blinded twins. My twin and I could finish our scene, then go to the Wendy’s drive through in full blinded eye makeup, and be back in plenty of time for the curtain call.
4. Who in the theatre world inspires you, and why?
I am inspired by the group with whom I am working right now. The experience and craft work of the directors, designers, and professional actors are a constant source of inspiration. And the enthusiasm and energy and optimism with which the IU Theater students approach the work is a refreshing wave of good hope that an old crank like me can easily lose sight of.
5. Do you have any words of advice for our theatre students?
My advice for the theater students? I find blue Hi-Liter makes the script difficult to read. Use yellow, or pink.
6. When no one is watching, what song do you love to dance or sing along with?
Someone is always watching.