Tyler Seybold is relatively new to the Chicago acting scene, having previously worked with Factory Theater, Hobo Junction, and Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble. THE WATER CHILDREN marks his first production with The Cuckoo's Theater Project. Previous credits include URINETOWN (Senator Fipp), A PERFECT WEDDING (Francois), LES MISERABLES (Courfeyrac), INTO THE WOODS (Cinderella’s Prince), and SPRING AWAKENING (Enesmble). In his free time, you can find him eating chocolate and watching competition reality shows.
Get to know Tyler! :
TCTP: In the play, Megan learns about Japanese Mizuko shrines. What is one of your favorite myth/story/belief from another culture or religion?
TS: In general, I've been a fan of Greek mythology since I was little. I love stories that are wild and fantastical that explain how normal, everyday things came to be. There are so many fun stories in that canon.
TCTP: There are multiple times in The Water Children when Megan is at a loss with what to or where to go. Have you ever felt lost or adrift?
TS: Ha! More times than I can count. I think everybody does at some point, and you just have to wait it out until the situation changes or a new opportunity presents itself. There will always be dry spells and transition periods, but things fall into place eventually.
TCTP: Every character in this play shares their opinion and gives advice, whether it's asked for or not. Do people often come to you for advice? Or are you the one who seeks advice?
TS: When I was in high school, still trying to figure out with I wanted to do with my life, I thought that I might want to be a therapist because I loved giving advice to friends. I'd say that I'm more likely to give advice than to ask for it, but I've also learned that you shouldn't offer your opinion or advice unless someone actually asks for it.
TCTP: Forgiveness is a major theme of The Water Children. When is a time you had to forgive, whether it was another person or yourself?
TS: My closet is filled with the ghosts of hobbies that never stuck, like things that I tried once and never again. Mostly I've tried to forgive myself for not seeing them through, and especially forgive myself for all of the money wasted on them D:
TCTP: The play kicks off with Megan taking an acting gig that she is not exactly thrilled about. What’s a terrible job you had to take, theatre related or otherwise?
TS: When I first moved to Chicago, I got hired at a really nice temp agency, and the first job that I was sent out on was two weeks doing cold calls for a market research firm downtown. I sat in an 8x8 room with a chair, a phone, and a spreadsheet with hundreds of numbers and dialed till my heart couldn't take it anymore. The job got extended twice, and I needed the money at the time so I took the extensions, but I vowed to never ever take a job like that again. I had only worked it a few weeks and felt like I had aged months.
Come see Tyler and the rest of the cast of The Water Children, running June 10 - July 8 at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building
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