Who's that Guy, you may be asking yourself. Well luckily I've done the footwork--by which I mean stolen his shoes and worn them to follow him back and forth across Chicago, from audition to improv gig-- so I can tell you that Guy F Wicke is not only a guy worth knowing, but my April Crush of the Month.
Full Name: Guy F Wicke
Sweet home Chicago, and I love exploring and absorbing different areas. I've lived all over the place: Northcenter, Park Ridge, Irving Park, Forest Glen, Bucktown, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Andersonville, Lincoln Square, Edgewater, Wicker Park, and now Lakeview. Up next is a return to Bucktown, so I’ll be looking for the tell-tale glint of sunlight off your stalker binoculars.
Profession: Actor, improviser, voiceover-er, teacher, coach, and freelance publicist for the arts via my company, Wicke International. I use the umbrella title "Local Character" to encompass all my various pursuits.
I never tire of playing pool at various dives, even if I'm just practicing by myself. There’s something therapeutic about it for me apparently. I foster dogs whenever my living situation allows, and volunteer at Anti-Cruelty whenever my crazy schedule allows. Dogs, man. Talk about therapeutic. I love reading and watching documentaries, keeping up with the latest developments in history, science, and world events. Watching PBS Newshour on my phone the morning after it aired. Absorbing the world around me, basically.
Our Town Describe your journey to acting.
Guy F Wicke I grew up idolizing actors and comedians, but I was such a painfully shy kid that I never thought I'd be able to do what they do. Then one night some high school friends and I were drifting through Wrigleyville and Joey Tilton handed us a flyer and talked us into seeing a Low Sodium Entertainment improv show. Bang. Pow. I loved it. Eventually I sucked up the courage to start taking classes, completed their entire 8 level conservatory, and was cast as a member of that troupe. I was transformed. I had broken out of my shell and I loved performing and making people laugh. I yearned to try my hand at dramatic acting as well, but it was over a decade before I worked up the courage to take those classes. And guess what? Bang. Pow. I loved it. I was again transformed. I learned new skills and found new confidence. Now I'm constantly acting, and constantly auditioning, and I love it all. So the moral of the story? Don't let fear hold you back from what you dream of. Or, a bird in the hand is worth a rabbit in a briar patch. I'm not sure. I'm not great with morals.
OT How did you get into publicity?
GW It all started when I was in a theater company that was going through a pretty rough period of getting light crowds. I became determined to improve the situation and started assisting with the company's marketing & PR and eventually took over the position of Marketing Director--basically learned everything from scratch. The crowds at our shows did improve over time and that little upstart theater company made it through those rocky years to become a fixture on the Chicago improv scene: pH Productions. A byproduct of my enthusiasm for pH was the discovery that I really enjoyed the work of promoting theater. I decided to call my little freelance operation Wicke International as an homage to my late father, who had used that name for a business of his own once upon a time. What I love about being a publicist is telling stories. I love sharing what makes a certain show special and deserving of recognition, even in the midst of all the incredible art happening all the time.