Eryn is joined on Going for Broadway with Cogsworth on the national tour of Beauty and the Beast…Samuel Shurtleff! Samuel Shurtleff is a native Texan who emigrated to NYC in 2012. Prior to moving to New York City, he performed in numerous regional theater productions throughout Texas. Mr. Samuel got his NYC debut portraying Bottom the Weaver at Bard at the Bar with the Simon Studio in 2013. He again played Bottom the Weaver at Bard at the Lake. A television actor also, Mr. Samuel has been in seven television programs so far, and is planning to do much more in both TV and film.
Although Samuel did theatre throughout school, he didn’t actually study the craft in college. The majority of his training comes from being a part of the Simon Studio. Eryn and Samuel talk a lot about his experience in this studio and all the training he was able to get. He explains that for him going straight to New York and working was great for him, but the same situation wouldn’t work for everybody.
Later in the episode, Samuel talks about his theatre scene work from working in regional theatres to touring nationally. The two talk about how he had gotten into the Beauty and the Beast National Tour, the lifestyle of traveling and adjusting into different locations, and his advice in staying strong and healthy while performing eight shows a week.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything,” is one of Samuel’s biggest words of advice. If you want to do it, then chase your dreams and do it! Also, remember that you do not have to be in New York City to get an audition. Yes, maybe for the final part of the process then you’d have to fly out there, but NYC isn’t where everything starts. Believe in yourself and never give up!
Parents, although it may be hard, allow yourself to give permission to your kids to let them chase their dreams.
In This Episode:
2:07- Samuel, when did you start acting?
2:48- Was acting something you studied when going into high school and on to university?
4:08- What other training in acting did you have?
5:24- What vision did you have in mind when moving to New York City?
7:11- Given your experience, you have learned especially from experience instead of training in university… Do you think this would work for everyone?
9:41- Tell us about the Simon Studio!
14:54- What is it like being in a new musical versus being in an already established production?
17:58- What are these theatre festivals, in which you have performed at, like?
19:24- How exactly did you get involved in touring with Beauty and the Beast?
21:37- What is that lifestyle of traveling from city to city and performing in front of so many different audiences?
22:42- Is there ever a struggle of adjusting to different spaces when on tour?
24:40- Any tips you have for us in keeping ourselves strong and healthy?
26:33- After being in a huge number of many productions at certain theatres, do you end up being a “regular” there?
27:35- What has become routine after being in one show after another?
28:48- Do you get all of your television gigs through your agent?
29:14- Have you ever gotten any training in film work?
31:11- Are we gonna see you in any more future music videos like “Paper Lions?”
32:35- Are you doing any of your theology work alongside acting?
32:57- In closing, what advice do you have for young actors in reaching their goals and potentially being on Broadway or going on tour?
37:18- Do you have anything to say to the parents?