We sat down with Nick Condon, a teaching artist at Oregon Children’s Theatre, and asked them a few questions. Nick, who's been a part of the OCT family for over two years, predominantly teaches improv and comedy for kids of every age group at the Acting Academy.
What’s something you can’t live without?
Nick: Improv and pizza. Both as a collective together.
Tell us about a memorable teaching moment.
Nick: I’ve worked with students who have special needs, and I had parents write letters to me about how much the classes change people’s lives. One student was not doing very well in traditional school and was having a hard time meeting friends and talking to people and just having a hard time in general. His mom wrote me a letter saying all of these things and said, "until he took your improv class." I get a little teary-eyed when I talk about it – it was a life-changing experience. So when that happens, it's a life-changing experience for me, too.
What’s your Patronus?
Nick: A bird because I do fly around a lot. I’m going one place to the next a lot. I do travel a bunch as well. I’m probably more of a cartoon bird, like one of those pigeons from “Good Feathers” because I also eat stuff off the floor sometimes. Like the five-second or ten-second rule, I’m more of a five-minute-rule type of a person.
What fuels your creative process?
Nick: I just love the work that we do. I love seeing people grow. In addition to teaching here, I also teach corporate workshops and trainings for adults (like engineers who aren’t used to talking to people). I love seeing the growth that happens even when it’s a short period of time.
What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in theater?
Nick: First of all, take an improv class. Or five or six. Improv will help you get better at every single part in your life. Of course, acting as well. It will make you a better communicator and make you a better human being. If you love it, do it. Whatever it is that you can’t help but do, do that thing. I can’t help but want to do improv and act. I started an improv troupe [in a village of 850 people in Alaska] because I missed doing it so much. People came, and they loved it. They grew. That troupe ended up leading me to Portland because I brought that troupe to an improv festival, where I met the Creative Director [of OCT], who invited me to come work [here]. I’ve been following improv my whole life, and it’s got me to where I am, and I love being here.