Anthony's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

ANTHONY VENEZIALE

Associate Artistic Director
Back House Productions

“The things that feel like play, are the ones that make the most resonance inside of you.”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Doubt Failure Focus Fulfillment Hard Work Passion Risk Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Problem-Solving Communicating / Sharing Stories

TAGS:

alone, comedy, commitment, confirmation, excitement, freestyle, giddy, happiness, hip hop, improv, investment, New York, playing, production, rap, scared, vitality, writing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Double-majored in film and American history at Wesleyan University.
  • Met his co-founder, Thomas Kail, while the two were writing a humor column for the campus newspaper.
  • Took advantage of the university’s theater department, which let students rent spaces, taught them how to produce shows.
  • Moved to New York with no job and nothing but a mattress and $200.
  • Warns that unless you have a job handed to you—and most don’t—it’s going to be hard for a while after you graduate college.
  • Says that the happiest people are the ones who feel like they get to “play” everyday when they go to work.
  • Started an improvised freestyle rap show at his theater—admits it seems out of character for him, but makes him wildly happy.
  • Says there’s always time to “fork out a new road” and go a new direction.

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