Live in Theater Actors Series: Thomas Burns Scully
Welcome back to our second blog post in this series where we showcase our amazing NYC interactive theater actors! Thomas Burns Scully is our featured actor this week. Catch him play a multitude of characters in a unique Off-Broadway interactive experience with LIT!
Q: How did you become a part of the Live in Theater cast?
A: I auditioned! Honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into, but so glad that I did! Met some great people here and done some work I never would have expected.
Q: What are the differences between interactive theatre and traditional theatre?
A: Audience specificity. The intimacy. The directness. You work a lot of different muscles in interactive. It’s much more about them. It’s always true that no two shows are the same, but that’s true five fold in interactive work.
Q: What is your favorite element of interactive work?
A: When you find something new in the character because of a new audience. And the humour, it’s never not funny.
Q: What is your experience with acting on the streets of New York?
A: Mostly positive! There’s something very cool about being out on the street in a dress and getting cheered for unapologetically and positively by strangers.
Q: Who would be one historical figure in history you would like to play?
A: Graham Chapman. Baron Von Steuben. Jack White. That’s three, sorry
Q: What do you love about the character(s) you play?
A: The different parts of myself I get to explore with each character. They all bring out different things. It’s cool to work out muscles you didn’t know you had.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge about taking on your character(s)?
A: It varies from character to character. More often than not it’s trying to stick to the facts of the world and not getting caught up with a fun improvisation.
Q: What’s the last thing you do before an experience begins?
A: Usually check my hair
Q: What did you add to the persona of the character during the interactive experience? ( a trait, a habit, a bio fact)
A: My sense of humour. Gets in to all of them. Takes different forms in each person though.
Q: What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
A: Think about doing theatre.
Q: If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
A: Doctor Who. Or a Jack White musical. Or Puffs