Being a Blue Man

There are dozens of Blue Men all over the world. Many have trained and performed with such institutions as: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale, Northwestern, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, DePaul, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Wesleyan, Groundlings, Steppenwolf, Upright Citizens Brigade, New Victory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Circle in the Square.

Testimonials

Tim Aumiller
Director of Casting and Training

The bulk of my training, study and experience focused on text based theatre.  So the idea of directing and developing non-verbal performers was initially a bit perplexing.  Then I realized that everything is transferable.  Everything applies.

Matt Ramsey
Associate Director, Live Shows

In the years I've spent performing this character, and teaching it to others, I have realized that the essential qualities that make a great Blue Man are the same qualities that make a great human being...

Gideon Banner
Blue Man

Seeing shows by artists such as Richard Foreman and the Wooster Group helped me to understand the ethos in which Blue Man was created.  And I’ve always had a great love for slapstick comedy: the Three Stooges, the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton.

Anthony Parrulli
Blue Man

I think you have to be a strong, physical drummer for starters. Then, you must be able to portray a character, bring your innermost energy to life, not be afraid to open yourself up and allow your inner being to break free...

Dave Traver
Assoc. Music Director

When I auditioned to be a strings player for the Blue Man Group band I knew I was walking into a very different situation then what I was used to.  Unlike most auditions, it was a super fun process and I felt like my personality and musicianship were being taken very seriously...

Tascha Van Auken
Manager of Casting and Training

Casting and Training Blue Men is always a bit of an exploratory adventure.  While there are, of course, certain base skills and physical requirements we look for, what I look forward to is discovering the wonderful oddities that make each person distinctly who they are. 

Pete Simpson
Blue Man Trainer

In playing or training the character, I think it helps to embrace some of its paradoxes.  The character arrives, w/ his cohorts, on a very clear, urgent mission; one that would seem to require a unity (and foreknowledge) of their strategies, methods, equipment, etc.. 

Mark Frankel
Blue Man

Portraying a character as your profession is a unique responsibility. Sometimes when I'm getting ready to perform, I think about a family that might be on their way to see the show at that very moment and the conversation they may be having, sharing their excitement and anticipation with each other...

Byron Estep
Senior Music Director

What I like about the casting and audition process is the diverse and interesting people I meet.  They come to Blue Man from all backgrounds.  I’m living proof of that.

Josh Mathews
Blue Man Music Trainer / Resident Music Director and Kit

I believe drumming and rhythm is innate to all people.  

Randall Jaynes
Director of Performer Development / Blue Man

It's not acting when a child leaves cookies out for Santa.

Jordan Woods-Robinson
Blue Man

The continuous practice of breaking beats down into smaller, more detailed beats and dissecting moments into smaller and more intricate moments and thought processes are borrowed from Grotowski and the art of imagined circumstances and drawing impulses from your partner come from Meisner. Lecoq helps to be aware of one’s physicality and draw character from that, similar to mask work which is heavily reliant on breathing and body posture to convey story.  

Callum Grant
Blue Man

The ability to still act like a complete child in all the best ways helped prepare me.

Steve Ballstadt
Assoc. Music Director

I had never auditioned for anything like Blue Man before and I feel in retrospect the best decision that I made going into my audition was to expect the unexpected. I tried to keep an open mind and open ears...