Welcome to a new feature on The Scene Shop! Every Friday, we will be spotlighting a local St. Louis artist and asking them to share some fun stories and career advice (and a selfie!). Lets meet our first victim– Will Bonfiglio!
Will Bonfiglio is a local St. Louis actor and playwright. He is the Associate Artistic Director of E.R.A, the author of Residents of Craigslist and is currently appearing in Old Wicked Songs at New Jewish Theatre. He will next be seen in Yentl at NJT in May.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
When I was in high school, a friend encouraged me to audition with her for the musical. I wasn’t sure I had the confidence to do it, and I think she must have known that too, so she signed me up for an audition spot and told me the night before the audition.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A good friend of mine has always said, “Audition and move on,” and I’ve grown quite fond of the notion. Sure, you may spend days preparing for a role that you really really want, but sometimes it’s just not in the cards. You can’t take it personally, and you can’t let it get to you. Instead, get out there and start prepping for the next one.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
When I was in high school, I played Horton in Seussical and for most of the show, he’s protecting an egg, so he’s sitting on a nest in a tree (read: the actor is crapping his pants on top of a ladder attached to shaky wheels). Well, the people quickly moving me across the set in the dark during a transition ran into part of the set and the whole ladder started to tip and my mouth started to add some obscene lines to Dr. Seuss’ canon of playful, imaginative phrases. Sorry, kids!
Q: What is your dream role?
Alex Moore in Buyer & Cellar.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
Usually I’m shamelessly oscillating between Catfish and anything on Investigation Discovery (ID).
Thank you Will! Check back next Friday for our next Five Question feature- you never know who will visit us…..
Grace Austin an STL area director and educator. See her work at gracemaustin.com.
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