New Faculty Spotlight: Mr. DelGaudio
by Anooshka Gupta on Friday, November 6th, 2015
Evan DelGaudio discovered his passion for theatre during his high school years at Phillips Academy Andover. He graduated from Wesleyan University, where he double majored in Theatre and Mathematics. Mr. DelGaudio joins the Milton Community to run the Tech Shop as a sabbatical replacement, enthused to see where his first year teaching will take him. Outside of school, he works as the lead carpenter for the Boston Production of the Blue Man Group.
What did you major in?
I attended Wesleyan University, and I was a theatre and mathematics double major. While that may seem like a strange combination of fields, I’ve always felt like it’s perfect for me. Even though I’m not using “classroom math” anymore, there’s still a lot of technical and analytical thinking as a designer that uses math.
What do you do outside of school?
Outside of Milton I work as the Lead Carpenter for the Boston production of the Blue Man Group. I do a lot of the repairs and maintenance on our very unusual stage and props. It’s really been a dream job to join this amazing and wild company.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I went to Phillips Academy Andover. That’s really where I fell in love with theater. I sort of knew the public high school in my town didn’t really have a theater program at all. Andover kind of showed me [theater] is something you can take seriously, something you can make a career out of. I think the reason I really love theater is that you are always teaching, whether you’re acting, or designing, you’re just always learning. You look at a new play and learn how you could be better at supporting this world. In terms of designing, there’s always assisting, you learn from better actors, you learn from better designers. Before becoming a teacher, working in theater, I was still learning all the time and I think that now that I’m really teaching and really learning.
What do you hope to accomplish in the Milton Community?
Well, I’d love to bring a different perspective. One day a week I’ll be working downtown on a job and then [again here at Milton], so I’d like to think that I bring some real world experience. Even just talking about what I’m doing on days that I’m not here, the students get really interested. It was not until I got to college that I sort of realized that you can make a career out of this, so if I’m able to show high school students that there are careers in the arts, and careers in theater, if you just take it seriously and want to create, there are jobs.
What has been your favorite moment at Milton so far?
Well, I’m new to education, so this is the first time I’ve ever taught at a school. It’s great to see the little amount of work I do in teaching someone and then they can go a lot further than that. So I guess I can’t think of a specific thing. Just seeing the students learn something and put it in action is great.
What are you excited about in the upcoming months?
Our show is coming up soon and I’m excited, I’ve been working with the students but I haven’t really seen a show here yet, so I’m really excited about whatever they’ve been working on in rehearsals. I’ve seen bits and pieces on stage but tech week is great because it’s when you integrate my world with their world. Everyone comes together for a common goal: they do their work in rehearsals, we’re doing our work on the stage, in the shop, so it’s always fun when all of those worlds come together. More bodies, more people trying to create something together.
If you were a superhero, what power would you have?
Oh man, the hard questions. Really, I have always wanted to be able to fly, to be able to go to different places immediately. I grew up in Massachusetts, so I’d really love to be able to travel.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I have a sweet tooth; it would have to be chocolate. Absolutely. There’s no giving up on that.
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