Who: George Strus
Stopped: Outside Second Stage Theatre on 43rd Street
What are you doing in the theatre district today?
I’m on my way to work; I’m an agent for TodayTix. Theatregoers order their tickets via the app, and I deliver them 30 minutes before the show. I’m also an intern at Roundabout Theatre Company.
What do you do for Roundabout?
I work in casting with Jim Carnahan; he casts all of the Roundabout shows. I’ve been doing it for a few months now, and it’s been a really great experience. Casting isn’t something you can learn in college so to do it outside of school is awesome.
How did you get that job?
I saw the job posting on Playbill Jobs, and just applied! I didn’t expect to get it, especially as a second semester college student, but I was so happy I did.
What do you study?
I’m at Marymount Manhattan College, and my major is producing and management.
What would be your dream role in the theatre industry?
At the moment I love casting but I don’t know exactly what my dream job would be. My goal is to try and do as many things as I can now and then pick one. This summer I’m also going to be doing an internship at Broadway Cares.
Wow! You're doing a lot.
I think that right now is a prime time in my life to mold myself. I try to work as hard as I can because I feel like the more work I put in now, the more success I’ll hopefully have in the future.
Why do you love theatre so much?
It’s so amazing. I’ve been hooked ever since I heard Sutton Foster singing in Shrek. You sit in your seat, and you’re transported into a whole new world; your troubles are blown away. Nothing else can make you feel like the theatre makes you feel. It’s a great escape for me.
Do you have a favorite New York City theatre memory?
I love Hedwig and the Angry Inch, so seeing John Cameron Mitchell’s final show as Hedwig was a big one. The crowd was so into it; you could tell it was a room full of love.
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