Joel Ripka is a tremendous actor and musician who we were lucky enough to work with last year on Home Stretch. Since then he’s performed in After People Like You, which ran at Classic Stage Company and most recently finished a run of School for Lies at North Coast Rep. We are elated he is returning to Woodstock to perform in this year’s ARTBARN creation This is a Ghost House. We asked all of our team a few questions connected to some of the themes of the piece.
1. What is something you collect?
The closest thing I have to a collection is books written by or about eastern sages and gurus or any type of eastern philosophy (Alan Watts, J Krishnamurti, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, the Tao Te Ching…)
2. What feels like home to you?
I recently found that a view of an ocean, or extremely open vistas give me a sense of being ‘home’. Natural settings. Playing music feels a bit like home to me.
3. Tell us a secret.
I’m embarrassed to go to a yoga class. But I love yoga. I’ve been to two yoga classes, but have watched and performed countless yoga routines via the internet and videos. I call it my yoga porn collection because I keep yoga so private.
4. What is one of the most transformative experiences you’ve had making or seeing art?
Whenever I watch Mark Rylance perform, I’m transfixed. He has a way of bringing everyone into the space with him. Lines dissolve and it becomes an intimately shared event.
JOEL RIPKA- OFF-BROADWAY: American Jornalero (INTAR). NEW YORK: After People Like You (The Blue Riders), Machinal (Columbia Stages). Home Stretch (ARTBARN 2013), REGIONAL: Wittenberg, The Nibroc Trilogy (The Chester Theater, MA); Last Train to Nibroc (Peterborough Players, NH); The School for Lies, Othello, Beautiful Dreamer, Jane Eyre, Crime and Punishment, Pride and Prejudice, The School for Scandal, Henry (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater); The Clockmaker, Mezzulah, 1946 (The City Theater); Harry’s Friendly Service, Amadeus (The Pittsburgh Public Theater); Cymbaline, Le Grande Meaulnes, The Wild Duck (Quantum Theatre); Ah, Wilderness!, The Real Thing, FBI Girl, A View From The Bridge, Hamlet, One Flea Spare, King Lear (The Pittsburgh Repertory Company); Beirut (Unseam’d Shakespeare Company). FILM: It Came From Yesterday (Independent-Jeff Watrowski), Since October Music Video (Endeavor Media). EDUCATION: BFA – Point Park University http://joelripka.weebly.com