Welcome to Adam Grun- take it away!!
Adam has been an active member of the St Louis theater scene since 2004. He is current director of Twisted Improv, which performs the third Friday of every month in Kirkwood. He has direct for The Hawthorne players (The Producers and Carousel), Kirkwood theater Guild (Out of the Frying Pan, Curtains, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and for Young People’s Theater (Scrooge and A Christmas Story). In February he will be directing his first show with West End Players, The Ice Fishing Play. He also gets on the stage when can, most recently playing Uncle Fester at KTG and Smee at Take Two. When not working his job or on a show he likes to spend his time with his daughter Molly.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
A: The first thing that I ever did was my Junior year of high school. I was in a one Act called the Toyer. I was a serial killer. Needless to say it was a very adult show so much of the script had to be cut out. But it was still very fun.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: The best piece of advice I have ever gotten was to take chances and make bold choices. That has always suited me very well in improv as well as in acting. Whenever I audition for a show I always make a bold character choice and take chances. I don’t always get the part but I feel I set myself apart from others. And as a director that is something that I always look for.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: I was in a production of Beauty and the Beast. I was playing Lefou. There is a point where one of the silly girls is supposed to punch me in the face, well supposed to make it look like I got punched. I spun around and noticed I ended up to close to her. And when she swung she actually punched me right in the nose. And hard. My eyes started watering instantly and I could feel the blood. It was a fun time. But I kept going on.
Q: What is your dream role/show?
A: I have actually been very fortunate to play one of my Dream roles and that was Harold Hill and Smee from Peter and the Starcatcher. But still in my bucket list is Max Bialystok in The Producers.
Q:What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: love The Walking Dead! I do not miss an episode. And of course Stranger Things.
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator. See her work at gracemaustin.com
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