BAAFF: How did you become involved with Blue Man Group?
Sead: I first auditioned for Blue Man Group in 2007 during a lunch break in Austin, TX. I had no expectations of being hired. I made it as far as callbacks in New York City, but was not hired into training.
The casting team at the time gave me feedback and encouraged me to try out again. I was inspired and moved to New York City. I was asked to audition again six months later. At that point, I was hired into training.
BAAFF: Do you have a favorite skit?
Sead: Because our show hinges so much on our connection to the audience, my favorite
parts are when we have the opportunity to directly interact with individual audience members. Even though some of these moments are scripted, we never know what an individual will bring to the table.
BAAFF: How much does being Asian American come into your work?
Sead: I think about this a lot when I hear audience members say, “Oh, he’s the Asian one.” I believe that my identity as an Asian American performer definitely challenges the audience’s expectations of who can play the character.
BAAFF: Outside of Boston, where are some of your favorite places to perform?
Sead: The Astor Place Theater in New York City has always been a favorite. The theater is the smallest in all of our productions, giving us and the audience a more intimate experience.
BAAFF: What is your experience with BAAFF?
Sead: I’ve never been! I’m looking forward to being more involved in the future.
BAAFF: What advice do you have for aspiring Asian American performers?
Sead: Find what you want to do and do it. If there are no opportunities for yourself, create new ones.
Thanks Bhurin! We look forward to seeing you at this year's festival! Be sure to mark your calendars for this year's featival as well, reader!