“All you need for theater is two planks and a passion”—one version of a saying attributed to Spanish playwright Lope de Vega (who actually said something a little less pithy). Planks can be gotten anywhere. For passion, you need actors.
Given the cooperation of the Fates, this will be an occasional feature, exploring the life and work of actors by means of a standard set of questions. Earlier entries in the series can be found here. (Responses have been lightly edited.)
Andrew Sensenig came to my attention in the Shane Carruth film Upstream Color (2013), in which he played a character known only as the Sampler. Neither the character nor the film can be briefly described without sounding bizarre; consider Richard Brody’s account, which tells us that, along with capturing sound samples, Sensenig’s character “performs procedures to relieve mind-controlled worm-victims of their predatory infestation.” To put it lightly, the film, and his role in it, are actually both trippy and mysteriously moving. I was impressed that Sensenig was doing major film work while based in my former hometown in north central Texas. Incidentally, he submitted his answers before the release of a film called We Are Still Here, which is now on iTunes and elsewhere. You can find Andrew on Twitter.
Where were you born?
I was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and moved to Decatur, in central Illinois, when I was very young. Until I headed off to college, Decatur was my stomping grounds. Yea, MacArthur High School!
Where do you live now?
I’m currently based in Dallas, but I spend the majority of my time traveling to the two coasts for film and television projects. My wife and I have been here for 30 years, and it’s a great central location for a full-time actor. I can hop on a plane and be in any market within three hours, and you can’t beat the low cost of living here. We’ll probably head to L.A. or N.Y.C. in the very near term, but for now, Texas is home.
What’s your current role?
My current job is that of a full-time actor, and I’m filling in any down time with producing, directing, composing, and doing public events.
With regard to current projects, this year has been incredibly exciting, to say the least. Season 1 of Powers just wrapped up on the Sony PlayStation Network, where I portray the superhero Triphammer. The response has been overwhelming, and we will begin shooting Season 2 soon. In the meantime, I’ll be shooting a few indie films with some very moving and powerful stories. One of my recent films, We Are Still Here, is starting a small theatrical run and landing on VOD on June 5. Some of my other favorites, such as Upstream Color and Paradise Recovered, are available on Netflix, while one of the most amazing short films I’ve ever witnessed, “Anomaly,” is available on Vimeo. Continue reading