Interview with director/producer, Blayze Teicher

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Blayze Teicher and I met this fall in New York City through a mutual friend.  She is a sweet, down to earth, young, director and producer.  We saw a few shows in the city together and I am excited to watch her career blossom.

The Playbill Collector (TPC): What got you into theater?

Blayze Teicher (BT): Theater is a family affair for me.  My grandma, dad and sister were performers.  My mom’s dad was also in theatrical advertising as well so….it’s in my blood.  Growing up in Orlando, my family was season ticket holders so we were always seeing shows.

TPC: What was the first Broadway show you saw?

BT: 1776

TPC: What made you transition out of performing?

BT: At the age of 12 or 13, I started getting interested in the bigger picture.  I was more interested in what everyone was doing on stage not just myself.  In 2003 when I was watching the Tony Awards, I watched a female producer accept the award which sparked my interest in producing.

TPC: Was there anyone who really supported you in your endeavor with theater?

BT: My whole family has always been supportive– but it was definitely my older sister Ashleigh who really encouraged me to specifically follow theatre as a career. I still remember the conversation we had right before I graduated high school and I was trying to figure out what I should study in college. She told me that if English and Theatre made me happy– I should just do it and not worry about any other idea of what I was supposed to be.

TPC: What brought you out to New York City?

BT: I was born in New York but grew up in Orlando.  Getting back here was definitely something I always wanted to do.  Two weeks after graduating from Florida State University, I moved back.

TPC: What are you working on now?

BT: I’m interning for a Broadway producer, Harriet Leve and her associate Jennifer Isaacson. On the side, I get to direct and produce a lot— I’m particularly excited about a new musical I’ll direct over summer.

TPC: Do you collaborate with anyone?

BT: Yes! I frequently collaborate with the incredible Andrew Rincon–we’ve worked together since college. I’ve also directed and produced Alexander Sage Oyen’s A NIGHT LIKE THIS and recently produced a reading of his new musical OUTLAWS.

TPC: What would you like to do next?

BT: I want to assistant direct on a larger Off-Broadway production while continuing to learn to ropes of the commercial world.

 

TPC: Who influences you?

BT: There are many people– kinda all over the map.  From Tarantino to Lena Dunham.  A far as female theatre directors– Anne Kauffman is wicked smart and does incredible work (especially with Jordan Harrison).  Giovanna Sardelli has this sort of fearlessness that I’d love to emulate.

TPC: Are there any actors you would love to work with?

BT: Definitely Joshua Henry from SCOTTSBORO BOYS.  He brings a lot of honesty to the musical theatre pieces he’s in. There’s also many actors I’ve worked with as a crew member backstage that I’d love to one day work with more artistically– like Jenn Harris and Matthew Saldivar.

TPC: What is something that you saw recently that you loved?

BT: A new play called YEAR OF THE ROOSTER at Ensemble Theater. It was about this middle age man who had one this pride and joy, a rooster he raised for cock fighting.  But, in true magical realism style, the rooster was played by an actor.  I loved it– it was simple but surprisingly epic.

TPC: What would you say to someone who is looking to go into the same sphere as you?

BT: Be nice to everyone.  Be grateful and gracious for anyone who gives you the time of day because there are a lot of people who won’t.  Always be sharpening your claws on your craft.  And even if you are working on something- don’t stand still.

To learn more about Blayze: www.BlayzeTeicher.com

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