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Thomas' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

THOMAS KAIL

Artistic Director
Back House Productions

“If there's something that you're interested in, go at it with everything you have.”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Art

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Failure Focus Fulfillment Hard Work Passion Risk Hobbies & Pastimes

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

alone, American History, Brooklyn, comedy, commitment, fired, happy, harmony, hip hop, humor, mattress, New York, newspaper, playing, produce, projects, rap, rent, right path, writing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He went to Wesleyan University, where he met his collaborator Anthony Veneziale.
  • Anthony invited him to help write the humor section of the campus newspaper.
  • The two of them worked on that together for six months, then they wrote a piece that was so bad that they got fired.
  • He graduated with a degree in American history, but he was really interested in producing shows through the theater department.
  • After school, he struck a deal with his parents: he'd pursue his theater dreams for one year, and if it didn't work out, he'd come home.
  • He moved to New Jersey to be closer to New York City, and he subsisted mostly off of tomato soup and tuna fish.
  • The two eventually synced back up to open Back House Productions, which later produced Tony-award winner, In the Heights.
  • Says you'll never know if you're truly on the right path, but if you feel a spark, you're probably in the right place.

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