FOLLOW SPOT ON: Connor
photo cred.- A.B.M. Photography (click photo for link)

What is your name?

Connor

What is your dream role? Why?

Recently it's become any role in Dear Evan Hansen. All of the music gives me chills and I think its such an important story being told.

What's your MOST special skill?

I can make a pretty convincing "baby crying" noise. I actually got to use it in a production of Into the Woods once.

What was your first big performance opportunity? Tell us about it.

What role are you completely inappropriate for that you perform superbly in your shower and car?

Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. I think I could do about one performance in that role before falling over.

Favorite dance shoe?

Taps!

Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?

I like to get to auditions crazy early just to make sure I have enough time to get in the zone. I typically change into my outfit once I get to the location if I can, just so I don't sweat through my clothes. Pit stains haven't helped me in an audition yet. Once I'm there I put my headphones in and zone out while doing some stretches until I'm up next.

Where did you train in theatre? How has that affected you?

I trained and am currently training at the University of Texas at Austin. About 2 months into my freshman year in the program all of the musical theatre students were informed that due to budget cuts, the department would no longer be bringing any future students into the program. Being both the third and last class of a very new program has been a crazy unique experience. It's taught me to not be afraid to seek out opportunities, and to utilize every person around you for what they can teach you. If I had gone to a larger, more funded program I feel as if I wouldn't have the same drive as I do now.

Favorite musical?

Stereotypical, but Rent. It was one of the first musicals I was obsessed with and I've always wanted to be a part of it.

Favorite straight play?

The Flick by Annie Baker. I love the setting and deceivingly natural dialogue in it. She makes the characters so relatable and accessible.

Favorite book?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Do you have any performers that you admire or look up to? Why?

Ramin Karimloo. I think his ability to sing so many different styles of music so well is something to aspire to.

Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?

Trent Reznor or Ben Folds.

What keeps you sane offstage?

Friends, family, food.

Worst thing about auditioning?

Small talk.

Theatre is: 

changing lives.

Where can our audience find you online?

@platinumsloth on all the things. (long story)

 

 

 

 

photo cred.- Lawrence Peart, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin
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