Five Questions for Arthur Aulisi
1. Where did you grow up and how did you end up where you are now?
I grew up in the small town of Gloversville, New York and wanted to get far away. After a few years in the Chicago area and a year at Actors Theatre of Louisville, I wanted to be closer.
2. Which performance, song, play, movie, painting or other work of art had the biggest influence on you and why?
Blythe Danner as Blanche in Streetcar at Williamstown Theatre Festival. I had always enjoyed acting but had not fully committed. As an apprentice at WTF that summer, I learned how much work was involved and just how rewarding that work can be. The summer ended with Streetcar and Ms. Danner’s performance was unlike any I had seen. It sealed the deal.
3. What skill, talent or attribute do you most wish you had and why?
I wish I could play an instrument. Chicks dig it.
4. What do you do to make a living? Describe a normal day.
I work in a law office. Spend my days drafting legal documents, running back and forth to court and then, at 6 or 7pm, I rush off to whatever rehearsal or performance I have going at the time.
5. Have you ever had to make a choice between work and art? What did you choose, why, and what was the outcome?
More often than not, I’ve chosen work over an out of town gig. The result has always been, I end up in a show in town that is equally, if not more, interesting and artistically satisfying than the one I turned down.
Art is currently performing in Diary of a Teenage Girl at 3LD.