It’s that time again- time for another peek into the lives of a local St Louis artist!
Today we’re talking to Gabe Taylor!!
Gabe is a St. Louis-born-and-raised stage manager, director, actor, and producer. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director at Theatre Nuevo, Production Manager at ERA, and has worked with New Line Theatre, St Lou Fringe, and The Theatre Lab, as well as Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, MI.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
A: I remember doing a play back in kindergarten (I want to say it was some version of the Three Little Pigs) and I got cast as the narrarator. Sitting on the side of a carpeted stage on a stool was electrifying and I haven’t looked back!
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: In middle or high school, a group I was in had a stage manager come talk to us- I vividly remember her saying to us “If you are looking at a career in theatre and you can be happy doing something else, do something else.” I’m still looking for that something else. When you see a production go up after blood, sweat, and tears have been invested by countless people… it’s hard to stay away.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: A few summers ago, I was assistant stage managing on a production of Chicago and on opening night, someone forgot to preset the gun Roxie used to shoot Fred. That someone may or may not have been me. When I realized the mistake, I got our music director to cue a rimshot for our sound effect. As our PSM yelled into our headsets about the gun, our Roxie very simply put up her fingers and made a very convincing finger gun. I still cringe thinking about it, but hey- the magic of live theatre!
Q: What is your dream role?
A: I’ve always wanted to play Sweeney, which could still be down the road one of these days. BUT the one I’ll never (probably, never say never) get to play is definitely Olive Ostrovsky. Such beautiful songs, such a beautiful heart.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: I just devoured the first season of Mr. Robot, but the one that keeps me up late at night is Preacher. Way better than it has any right to be!
Thank you so much Gabe- we loved learning more about you!!
Five Questions Friday is sponsored by Silhouettes Production Company. See The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] running July 21-23 and starring Brittani O’Connell, Brock Birkner, and John Emery. More information available at https://www.facebook.com/events/566654896845773/?ti=cl
Grace Austin is an STL area educator and director.
See her work at gracemaustin.com
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