Jaye Lee Vocque of Ultrasuede Productions / by Declan Maloney Drummond

1. How did you start in theatre?

Kindergarten. 

I know a lot of folks say that. I am serious. My Aunt was acting at her college in Wizard of OZ and the little person they had playing Mayor of Munchkin Town got really sick. I was a fat kid and fit into the costume. I couldn't read so my Aunt recorded my lines and I learned them from rewinding and listening over and over again. 

After hearing the applause opening night I was hooked.

Since then I have done every job there is to do in theatre.

Most of my time now is traded between Writing, Producing, Directing, and performing my Storyteller Shows.

2. What are you working on at the moment?

2017 Is a big year. 

I am still performing my autobiographical storyteller show BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS.

Rehearsals are about to begin on my adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as told as a 1950's Sci-Fi Drive-in B-Movie, THE MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE. Opening in July.

And scripts just went out for my apocalyptic dark comedy A DAY AT THE BEACH which will debut in September.

3. What future projects you are working on?

I have outlined the follow up to my Storyteller show, CASABLANCA BOUND.

The next three Shakespeare adaptations in this series are outlined and ready to begin work on.

A play about examining the struggle between freedom and safety told by a group of stray animals simply called STRAYS.

And finally the true-ish tale of what happens in a tech booth opening night of the worst production ever called IN THE BOOTH.

I tend to work on several projects at once. I am lucky enough I have a few individuals I send scripts to in order to get feedback. While waiting for notes I begin work on the next. Etc etc etc. It is a cycle that unfortunately gets broken when I am performing or directing. 

I better get going before I start thinking of another story to tell.