Spotlight on Joe Lanza

Company Member Jen O’Connor recently interviewed actor Joe Lanza about his experiences in theatre and his upcoming role as This One in In On It.

1. What do you find the most gratifying about your job as an actor?

The first thing that comes to mind is once you get into performance because you’re actually doing and sharing with the audience what you’ve worked on. The other thing is in rehearsals when you have those “Aha!” moments- when something makes sense to you that wasn’t making sense before.

b. And the most challenging?

The most challenging thing (on the risk of sounding crazy) is the voices inside my head, the judges, the things that inhibit me from really going for it. I have an outside eye that is asking “how do I look?”, and that is not really the actor’s job. [My job] is trusting that the director is going to lead me in the right direction.

2. How would you describe your ideal theatre experience as an audience member?

When I go to the theatre I like to see things that I haven’t seen before. I like to be left with a memorable lasting impression.

3. What about In on It most excites you as you are about to enter into the rehearsal process?

I’ve known Meg personally for a while so I’m really excited to work with her. I love the play. The first time I read it I said “this is something I want to do,” so I’m excited that I get the chance to work on it. I want to put it in front of an audience and see what their reaction is.

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