Michael Jenkins (Mark Ferris) is thrilled to be back on stage after a several year hiatus from acting and took the time to answer some questions about himself and his life on and off stage.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in upstate New York. I went to Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) for my BA and came to Madison in the 90s for my M.S. degree. I've lived in Wisconsin ever since (currently in Franksville, which is near Racine).
How did you get into acting?
My wife. She dragged me to an audition several years ago. I got a part and went with it.
Why did you stop acting?
I took a few years off from acting in order to earn my Ph. D. in Leadership, Learning, and Service in Higher Education from Cardinal Stritch University. It's been a goal of mine to get a Ph. D. since I was a child (that's probably the definition of a nerd).
So should we call you Dr. Jenkins?
No. Please don't.
What got you back into acting?
My wife (see a pattern?) and Maureen. My wife joined the cast of London Suite and Maureen mentioned she needed some help backstage. It just snowballed from there. It's been a lot of fun.
What do you enjoy most about your role in London Suite?
Aside from my role (and the play as a whole) being really funny, I get to spend most of my time lying down while on stage. Nothing like being able to lie down on the job and get away with it.
What can you tell me about Actors Craft?
This is my first time working with Actors Craft, but I've seen them in action before and I'm impressed with the work Maureen does in molding actors. I really appreciate the perspective she brings to the play and acting in general. Thanks to Maureen for everything she did for this play and for working with me on this role.
Anything else you want to add?
I want to thank Ann-Marie Schmid (my wife) for getting me back into acting and playing my wife onstage. It's always fun acting with her!