The wonderfully talented Warren Kelley, starring in the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre productions of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Merry Wives of Windsor shares with The Pickwyck his personal and career beginnings, his extensive acting career and what he is most passionate about.
You received your MFA at Temple University in Philadelphia. Tell us about the education you received there and the most valuable lessons you learned that you have applied to your technique today.
Who are some of the strongest costars you have worked with and why?
What are you most passionate about in your own life?
What shows have inspired you personally to maybe see something in a new light? (It doesn't have to be something you have performed in, in general)
What is your earliest memory of theatre?
You have done an array of theater, film and television work. What has been the most rewarding experience you have had so far? Which style do you prefer?
Tell us about your first car, first job as a teenager and first acting job.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Where did you grow up? Do you have a theatrical family?
What is your favorite book, TV show, movie?
What kind of acting roles are you most attracted to? Is there a particular play or musical that you would like to take on in the future?
Currently, you are playing Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. This is a role that you are revisiting. What is your take on this treasured character in American literature? Can you relate to him?
To Kill A Mockingbird has been written for the stage, adapted from the book by Harper Lee. This is a story that has resonated with people for decades. How does it feel performing this show? What is a pivotal moment in the piece that you feel sums up the entire show?
You are also currently starring in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, which puts a fresh twist on the Shakespearean comedy. How do you feel this interpretation speaks to the audience?
Tell us about your character in The Merry Wives of Windsor. You play a character that has a duality or an alter ego. What is it like playing this sort of character?
What is your weakness/something you would like to improve on, personally and professionally?