Happy Friday- let’s say hi to Robert Kapeller! (and his Taco Bell selfie!)
Robert M. Kapeller is a theatre artist from St. Louis, MO. Robert currently serves as marketing coordinator and production assistant at Stray Dog Theatre. Robert’s next project will be ASM on Monsters at Stray Dog.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
My freshman year of high school, I played Renfield and assisted in lighting design on Dracula at Mehlville High School. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to be able to simultaneously develop my love for theatre on and offstage.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
Paula Heller at Mehlville taught us that there are reasons but there are no excuses. This meant that you need to hold yourself accountable to what you say you are going to do–whether that be learning your lines, getting a design up, turning in an assignment, anything. If something goes wrong, don’t make excuses for yourself. Acknowledge the reasons why it went wrong, grow and learn from it, make the situation better, and be true to your word.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
In college, I directed a piece in this weird experimental devised adaptation of The Bacchae. My part of it was staged on an on-campus loading dock and had a loud alarm clock sound effect. Every night through tech week, including our preview/final dress, someone on campus called the police thinking that it was a bomb threat. We had alerted campus police multiple times that it was just us, the theatre kids doing a show, but they just kept coming. Thankfully, by opening, everyone was on the same page, but it took a lot of ASMs running to the police station to have them on standby.
Q: What is your dream role/show?
Mama Rose. I have Rose’s Turn ready to go. And I’d love to direct Pippin (original ending, of course) and Our Town.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
I watch far too much Drag Race to be considered healthy. #TeamTrinity
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