We had the good fortune of connecting with Pablo Andrade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pablo, why did you pursue a creative career?
I had to. I think most performers reading this interview may agree: a life in art is not much of an option but a call. I tried to pursue a “serious” career first, in electronic engineering in Caracas, Venezuela, but one fateful day I was by chance in the middle of an acting class and I suddenly fell in love with theater. I was there because I wanted to get rid of fear, shyness and an acute stage fright that was stopping me from being happy. Fast forward 17 years later I’m an accomplished actor, director, producer and acting teacher living my dream in New York City. El mundo da muchas vueltas, the world works in mysterious ways. People now say I’m an extrovert and that I’m not timid anymore, but I think the success of my career is precisely that I’m the same shy guy that I was before. I’m just too much in love with art that I can’t help but celebrate life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been invited to be part of so many wonderful projects. I’m lucky! Im very lucky actually, because I’m not the kind of actor that is auditioning constantly all the time. I am a theater maker. I create my own projects, I direct, I produce, and I have a urge to raise my voice as an artist. I founded a theater company (Corezon.nyc) and I use it serve and challenge our society. This is what I try to teach my students: we have a responsibility as actors, and fulfilling this responsibility eventually results in the creation of Art.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I live in New York and just a few months ago the ideal way to spend time in the city was to go to every Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway show possible. Nothing could beat the theater experience of this place. Now it is a weird time of pause for performing arts but the energy is still here. If you come visit this is what I suggest you to do: get a bike and ride around and through the whole city. Get as well a helmet and a mask and enjoy New York’s most amazing views. Ride up and down the Hudson and the East River. Cross very bridge and get deed inside every borough. Discover the incredible diversity in cultures coexisting in this great city, which are precisely the reason for its greatness. Talk to the people, try different foods, get lost in New York City. You can learn so much about the whole world in here. I have.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
These people helped me become a better person and a better artist: My first acting teachers Dimas González and Fermín Reyna. My other teachers in Venezuela: Héctor Manrique, Diana Volpe and Orlando Arocha. My mentor Carol Rosenfeld at HB Studio (you should buy her book!). Jack Hofssis and Mark Blum from heaven. Isle Pfeifer, Jim Boerlin, Edith Meeks, Michael Blake. Moisés Kaufman, Tommy Kail. All the directors and producers that have cast me for their projects. All the actors I shared stage with. All the authors that wrote the books I had read. All the artist that created the plays and movies I have enjoyed and learned from. My friends, my family, my mother and my wife.
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