Photographing the artists of Intiman Theatre: 21 of 35
Q&A with Production Director Evan Tucker
PhotoSister: When you were young, did you imagine you would be on this particular journey in life? Why or why not?
Evan Tucker: Absolutely not. I thought I’d be a professional baseball player. A pitcher. But I also was a voracious reader, and loved writing, which eventually is what got me into theatre. As a kid, I always wanted to be everything. I wanted to be the first person ever to win an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, A Pulitzer, A Nobel peace Prize, and a World Series ring. There’s still time, right?
PS: Who or what inspires you the most in your personal life? And in your professional life?
ET: My grandparents on my Dad’s side have had a tremendous positive impact on me. I spent a lot of time with them as a kid. They are intelligent, wellspoken, funny, caring, imaginative, spontaneous, and utterly dorky. Good people. Professionally, the question is harder. I have never had a single career goal that I have worked toward, so do not have a theatre guru that I try to emulate. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know good opportunities when I see them. I have had many mentors who have taught me a tremendous amount–Julia Collins, the PM now at the 5th Avenue, taught me a great deal about being a manager; Professor Geoff Proehl taught me how to enjoy both breadth of knowledge and getting hopelessly entangled in detail. My first boss at my first “real job,” Kristy Gledhill, taught me a great deal about how necessary it is to love your life outside of work. And of course I’m continuing to learn working alongside Keri and Andrew everyday. The two of them are inspiring.
PS: What is the one thing you splurge on for yourself?
ET: Two things: bars/restaurants with friends and vintage video games. Love that shit.
PS: What 3 countries would you like to visit and what would you like to experience while there?
ET: UK for theatre, Ecuador for beauty, music, and hiking, and Australia/Tazmania because Australians are nuts
PS: What made you want to do theatre?
ET: Shakespeare. Reading out loud in a language arts class. I always loved to read aloud and gained confidence in myself in doing so. Eventually I found a summer theatre training program called the Young Shakespeare Workshop and it’s just been one thing after another since then.
PS: What is your hidden talent (any party tricks)?
ET: I can coil my tongue three times and can juggle.
PS: The Beatles or Elvis?
ET: Ooh. Beatles.
PS: What is your favorite restaurant pick in Seattle and the best dish on the menu?
ET: El Gaucho I think takes it. Holy lord that entire meal was incredible. Steelhead Diner is a close second. Love their caviar pie.
PS: What do you fear the most?
ET: Getting killed by ants. It stems from a story I read as a child where a kid tortured some ants, then woke up at night as he was swarmed. They are both horrifying and fascinating creatures.
PS: Who is your favorite superhero and/or supervillain?
ET: Superman. I have never been big into comic books, but really dug the series when he was killed by Dommsday and imposters rose up to take his place.
PS: What makes you happy?
ET: Sunny days laying in the grass
PS: What kind of people do you surround yourself with?
ET: Positive, thoughtful, and funny. Oh, and people who laugh at my jokes.
PS: What personal adventure do you have in store for yourself this summer?
ET: Rediscovering a personal life after we get through this kickass festvial
PS: What’s next on your horizon?
ET: 2013, 2014, 2015. Got to get planning!
Go see Evan Tucker’s work in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Dirty Story,” “Hedda Gabler,” and “Miracle!” at Intiman Theatre
Catch “Romeo and Juliet,” “Dirty Story,” “Hedda Gabler,” and “Miracle!” at Intiman Theatre in Seattle, July 11th – August 25th, 2012.