FOLLOW SPOT ON: MICHAEL
photo cred.- Benjamin Poss

What is your name?

Michael.

What is your dream role? Why?

Bobby in Company. He is SO in his own head. He believes that he has life relationships, marriage, everything figured out, only to realize that he truly longs for the exact opposite of what he's always told himself. That turning point is what draws me to his character so much.

What's your MOST special skill?

I am a videographer and editor, which also serves as my job-between-jobs(-between-jobs). I'm passionate about storytelling, and I have met and worked with tons of incredibly musicians through the medium of video. Aside from that, I can touch my tongue to my nose, which (in my opinion) is pretty darn special.

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

My BIGGEST opportunity came during my Junior year of college when I got to sing onstage with The Rolling Stones at LP Field in Nashville.

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

Big or Little Edie from Grey Gardens.

Favorite dance shoe?

I have a custom-made pair of Converse tap shoes. They are the most comfortable pair of dance shoes I own.

Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?

I clench my toes before I walk into the room - it helps with nerves!

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

I have a BFA in Musical Theatre from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Not only did the MT program push my classical vocal training to a new level, but it also allowed me to spend my Junior & Senior years focusing on subjects and materials that I was passionate about, which helped me grow as an actor and an artist.

Favorite musical?

Sunday in the Park with George. It dives into the difficult decision many artist's face - choosing between the person you care for deeply and the art you are passionate about - and explores the justifications and consequences of each.

Favorite straight play?

Long Day's Journey Into Night. Because of the intricate and tainted relationships between the members of the Tyrone family, I always find something different every time I read it.

Favorite book?

1984 by George Orwell.

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

Steve Carell. He has an impeccable ability to transition between comedy and dramatic acting. I admire that he has such a strong passion for more serious work.

Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?

Pink Floyd.

What keeps you sane offstage?

I dabble in composition and lyric writing, and while both can be maddening, they're also therapeutic in some weird way.

Worst thing about auditioning?

Sweating. Enough said.

Theatre is: 

an investigation of the unexplainable human condition.

Where can our audience find you online?

Website:

themspence.com

Instagram:

@themspence

Twitter:

@themspence

 

 

photo cred.- M.S.
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