Friday, February 19, 2010

Tyler Poelle: TV and Indie actor chose theater over sports

Tyler Poelle (Photo: Tyler Poelle)

For Tyler Poelle, performing in CMT’s Oliver! at age 13 revealed two things – he loved communicating through theater and he preferred the “all for one, one for all spirit” of theater over the competitiveness of sports.

“In sports there are winners and losers. In theater you celebrate victories and mourn losses together,” he said. Whether it was a small part in the chorus (with brother Travis) in Big River or, his favorite, the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar (his best friend cast as Judas), Tyler discovered what he was looking for: “a joy and excitement in sharing what we created together – the sense of community was a great atmosphere for young artists.”

That joy led him to study theater at Carnegie–Mellon University where he received a B.F.A. in acting. After a stint in New York doing workshops and theater Tyler moved to Los Angeles where he has appeared in several “Scrubs” episodes and was the lead in the independent film Skidmarks. His days are filled with studio classes and auditions for the 2010 television season.

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