Artist Profile: Ian Bond

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 Actor (Quickies 17, June/July 2017)

BIO: Ian Bond has performed locally with Seattle Public Theater (Bad Jews), Book-It Repertory (Treasure Island, Frankenstein), Taproot Theatre Company (Jeeves Intervenes, Diana of Dobson’s), Seattle Shakespeare (Titus Andronicus), Sound Theatre Company (Holiday of Errors), Washington Ensemble Theatre (The Things Are Against Us), eSe Teatro (Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle), and Forward Flux (Pilgrims). Ian is a former Resident Ensemble Member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where favorite roles include Romeo, Mr. Darcy, Hamlet, Banquo and Al Joad (The Grapes of Wrath). He is represented by Topo Swope Talent.

 

What was your favorite moment so far working on this show?

I read a lot of Neil Gaiman and Spring of Hope fits so nicely within his worlds that I was instantly in love with the play’s elements of the fantastic as we began our first rehearsal.

What has been your biggest challenge so far working on your piece/s?

I had the opportunity to see Spring of Hope at the 14/48 festival in January and I thought it was beautifully strange. Finding our own understanding of the piece without ignoring what they so clearly understood about it has been a great challenge.

What’s the most interesting thing you have found on the street?

While in college I participated in a homelessness awareness project with the National Coalition for the Homeless. A partner and I lived on the streets of DC for two days attempting to walk in the shoes of our homeless brothers and sisters as best we could. It was a worthwhile experience, though as I grow older I have mixed feelings about it. However, after panhandling rather unsuccessfully on a bus corner, my partner and I decided to go to McDonald’s and use the few dollars we had on the dollar menu. We walked past an ATM and found a $100 bill on the ground. That felt like the irony of ironies. We opted to go to McDonald’s anyway, use the $100, and then share our blessing with others looking to eat. That was the strangest look I have ever had from a food service worker.

If you could instantly find something today that you have lost in the past, what would it be?

I had a Led Zeppelin shirt from my first time at the EMP that I wore a lot in high school. I have no idea what happened to it. It was faded and ripped from wear and I felt so cool wearing it as an 18 year old.

What future projects are you excited about working on?

I’m excited about whatever the next one will be!

Finish this sentence- “I love theater that…”

I love theatre that gets messy. Dirt, spit, water, anything physical on stage is awesomely real. Also, plays that tackle big issues and leave you feeling sticky or emotionally conflicted.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?

Work on what is in your control, let go of what is not.

Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?

Board Games! Rock Climbing! Books!

Any other thoughts you’d like to share? (About Live Girls! Theater, Love, Life, Puppies, …really – anything at all?)

I have always felt communities need local artists the way they need local teachers, plumbers, organizers, and food workers. Art does not live outside of our communities and cannot be evaluated by which city it comes from. I appreciate Live Girls creating art by local artists for our community.

 

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