Before I even had the vocabulary to articulate its importance to me, theatre and performance have always been my preferred means of self-expression. What started as an outlet for my active imagination and hyperactive disposition has rapidly become the craft I cannot wait to keep honing, loving, and sharing with the world and the communities I inhabit. Between acting, directing, dramaturgy, assistant stage management, lighting design, and playwriting, I have dipped my toes in just about every aspect of the theatrical process. I am my highest self when I'm able to apply what I know and learn what I don't from driven, curious, and community-oriented artists. When I'm not raving about postmodern theatre or scouring over the newest Kilroys List, you can probably find me raving similarly about or watching tennis and figure skating, doing the NYT mini-crossword, or wishing my cats of 11 years liked me at all. I know :(
Name: Will Bruno
Pronouns: Any pronouns
Hometown: Stamford, CT
Interests: Tennis, gymnastics, figure skating, political and social theory, postmodern theatre, sex work advocacy, iced coffee (lol), continental philosophy
Favorite movie: Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite
Favorite play: Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview
Favorite playwrights: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Markley Bortz, Paula Vogel
My Creative Values
As an artist and a person, I actively and comprehensively oppose structural and interpersonal oppression in all of its insidious forms (racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, fatphobia, ableism, colorism, etc). Artistry and creativity blossoms when those called to foster it are regarded with dignity, compassion, and care. Achieving this involves dismantling my own biases, reckoning with my structurally unearned advantages, and unapologetically demanding the creation of theatrical spaces that the future requires and that the past (and present) lack.
Every member of the theatrical or cinematic production is of equal importance to ensuring a generative artistic process and to the creation of a product everyone involved would be proud of. In the spirit of this, I believe in creating theatrical spaces that are nonhierarchical and where everyone's labor and artistry is respected equally.
Communication and Mutuality
I affirm and try to practice bidirectional communication where and whenever possible. Not only does this undergird any consent-based and trauma-informed space, but it also removes any strictures on what is possible in artistic spaces.