Personality Test: Art DeConciliis
To say that Art DeConciliis is familiar to Little Lake Theatre audiences is definitely an understatement.
His performance in “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike” was his 100th with this North Strabane theater company. By the time the season ends in December he will have raised that total to 102. He also has served as director for 134 productions at Little Lake.
He has roles in “Dividing the Estate” (Sept. 25-Oct. 1) and “A Tuna Christmas” (Nov. 29-Dec. 13), which he is also co-directing with Sunny Disney Fitchett. He also will direct “Doubt, A Parable” (Sept. 4-20).
“It’s not that difficult,” DeConciliis says. “I don’t golf or hunt or fish. I do theater. I enjoy finding out parts of my personality through the characters.”
DeConciliis began working at Little Lake soon after graduating from Duquesne University with a bachelor of arts in speech communication and theater. He still remembers his first audition for the theater’s founder Will Disney: “I was so nervous I had my (now) wife drive me.”
“All of a sudden it’s 32 years and hundreds of roles later,” he says. Among his favorites are Uncle Louie in “Lost in Yonkers,” Wiggins in “The Boys Next Door” and Helen Bedd, whom he has played in several of the “Greater Tuna” comedies and calls his “waitress alter ego.”
His day job is general manager for the 12 Philip Pelusi hair salons. He previously worked as an administrator for Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, which his father, Arthur DeConciliis, owned.
He and his wife, Mary Pat, live in Bethel Park. They have three grown children: Amanda, 26; Alex, 24; and Samantha, 22.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:
Louis CK — We look like brothers and have the same attitude!
Childhood hero and why:
Barnabas Collins from “Dark Shadows” (explains a lot, doesn’t it). He was very charming, mysterious and had a way with the ladies. So what if he was dead!
B. Goo-Goo Dolls
C. Lady Gaga
D. Yo Gabba Gabba
Go-Gos. That punk/New Wave scene was my era. Plus I’m constantly on the go myself.
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had.
Either an authentic baseball bat used and autographed by Roberto Clemente or my vast collection of full-sized GI Joe action figures and accessories. Both would be worth a fortune today and both were tossed out during one of my mother’s garage cleaning binges.
The superpower I wish I had in real life and why:
The power to fly or teleport — I don’t really enjoy driving and I have no patience for traffic.
The first stage play or musical I saw (when and where):
“Rumplestilskin” at the Playhouse Junior at the age of 7. It made me want to be an actor.
I can’t live without my: iPod, cell phone, DVR, or laptop?
Cell phone, it’s the only way to get in touch with me.
My favorite reality show:
“Honey Boo Boo.” How can you not enjoy watching that train wreck?
App that I wish I could invent:
A BS app that would tell me what the person I’m speaking to really wants to say
Favorite brunch food:
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Dark chocolate and almonds, even better if you throw in some sea salt
Best mistake I’ve ever made:
Not certain, but I think it resulted in my first child.
The best stage play or musical I’ve ever seen:
The touring company of “Sweeney Todd”
Something I would do over if I could and why:
Get a teaching certification when I was in college, so I could become a formal theater educator
E. I hate sports
Steelers all the way! My family has had season tickets for decades. Also got to go to the Steelers first Super Bowl.
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Of all time, Jack Lambert. Currently, Andrew McCutchen. Both show amazing talent and great passion for their sport
Favorite lunchtime spot:
Lesvos Greek Restaurant on the South Side
Top thing on my ‘Bucket List’ to do before I’m gone:
A trip to Italy, Greece and the Middle East with my wife
In five years, I’d like to:
Still be acting and teaching theater, but traveling more with my wife
A. Stephen Sondheim
B. Richard Rodgers
C. Andrew Lloyd Webber
D. John Kander
E. Stephen Schwartz
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:
Lots of “green space” for a city and the pride of its ethnic communities … and the unique dialect!
Star I’d like to dance with on “Dancing with the Stars”:
Bette Midler — we’d do a mean jive dance together!
Three people I’d love to have dinner with:
Kahlil Gibran; William Shakespeare and Meryl Streep
My quirkiest inherited trait:
Cracking my knuckles when nervous
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Bacon Cheeseburger with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and onion
One word my mother would use to describe me:
Angelina Jolie or Gina Gershon
The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:
Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. I stocked up on the last sale
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
A marine biologist or an actor
Exercise I hate most:
Running of any sort!!!
I’m deathly afraid of:
Airplane travel. I get anxious days before a flight.
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
“Losing My Religion” by REM
The first band I saw in concert (when and where):
The Beatles at the Civic Arena. I was 3 years old and with my uncle and older cousin
The best concert I’ve ever seen:
The Rolling Stones
TV marathon I could watch all day and why:
“The Addams Family” — my favorite show of all time
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Saturday mornings you’ll find me:
At work. It’s our busiest day!
Best new gadget I’ve tried recently.
My wine bottle re-corker, but I rarely use it since we usually finish the bottle.
The person I’m most often mistaken for:
Stanley Tucci. I’ve actually been asked for autographs.
The worst advice I ever received:
Once after an audition I had a director pull me aside and tell me to forget about acting and “find another hobby.”
In high school, I was:
Voted best dancer. I was an Honor Society/theater geek.
The most famous person I ever became friends with:
Stephen Flaherty (composer of “Ragtime,” “Seussical,” “Rocky”) is a best friend from high school days and we still keep in touch
The movie that always makes me cry:
What you’ll always find in my glove compartment:
Probably cobwebs, I never go in there!
My most embarrassing junk food:
Chocolate doughnuts with butter
If I wasn’t an actor/dancer, I’d be:
As a kid I wanted to be a marine biologist or anthropologist
The last book I read:
“World Without End” by Ken Follett
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Don Campiti’s Pizza in Dormont
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and Olivier’s “Hamlet”
My favorite website:
My most memorable fashion mistake:
During my rebellious “punk days” I would wear camouflage pants with safety pins on a black t-shirt and an electrical cord belt.
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
No one! Good or bad, I’m pretty content with who I am
My childhood nickname was:
“Artie” with an “F” in front of it, but I have an aunt who has always called me “Thunderhead”
My favorite “bad” movie is:
“Plan 9 From Outer Space”
My first job:
Selling clothes at St. Brendan’s Crossing in Station Square
My worst job:
Selling insurance, I only lasted 3 days.
My favorite cable channel:
The Cooking Channel – I love watching “Chopped”
The song that always gets me out on the dance floor and why:
“Rock Lobster” by the B-52’s. A great beat and memories of lots of good times.
Life would be better without:
Negative people. The ones who make themselves feel better by constantly complaining about everything.
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
The Rolling Stones and The Pretenders
People would be surprised to know that I:
Am really fairly shy and self-conscious