Our Featured Member for Pride Month is a face you may recognize—Will Giammona has performed major roles in over 40 productions over the last decade. We've seen a lot of his work at New Conservatory Theatre Center, where he'll appear in the upcoming remount of Avenue Q, but he's impressively active on stages throughout the Bay Area.
Featured TBA member Will Giammona.
Tell us a little about your theatre work?
I've been performing principal roles in four or five major productions a year for the past decade or so all over the Bay Area. I've never really settled into working at one theatre—I think I just crave more variety than that. Working at so many theatres means constantly meeting new people and seeing how different organizations are run. I'm as comfortable doing plays as musicals, and try to make sure I do a healthy balance of each. I love a challenge, that's for sure. I love to work hard and dive into interesting and complex material. I also love digging through the repertoire and just finding what resonates with me.
Favorite play, or favorite production you've seen?
It's hard to narrow it down, although seeing The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center immediately comes to mind. Of the shows that I've done, both Parade and The Story of My Life stand out as two favorites. Both are very challenging in their material as well as their emotional content. Avenue Q is another, but more for the challenge of the puppetry and the pure joy that it brings to the audience.
What do you like about the theatre scene here in the Bay Area?
There is a tremendous variety of opportunity here and you can connect with amazingly talented people all over the Bay (although figuring it all out can be daunting when you are new to the scene).
Do you have a piece of advice you'd like to share?
Always be as diligent and professional as you possibly can; eventually it always pays off. It's easy to get upset at any given audition that doesn't go your way, but you just don't know what other opportunities are coming down the road. If you've shown that you prepare well, work hard, and are respectful of both people and material, you'll eventually reap the rewards. I became a lot happier once I started asking myself "What can I learn from this?" when encountering less-than-ideal situations, and focused on playing the long game.
What's coming up for you that you're excited about?
I'm playing Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along in Pinole during the month of June. Frank is often thought of as a pretty unsympathetic character, but if you listen carefully you learn that actually he's just trying too hard to please the people he loves, and he tragically loses sight of what he wants for himself. To add to the challenge, we have a piano on stage and I'm playing all of the music Frank composes live.
Later this year, we'll be remounting our production of Avenue Q at New Conservatory Theatre, after having a completely sold-out run last year.
On a personal note, I'm very excited that next summer I will be marrying my amazing partner of 12 years (and local theatre director), Dennis Lickteig. We've had the opportunity to work together on projects and I've learned more about theatre from him than anyone else.
Theatre Bay Area members: Creative. Committed. Community.