Cole Toto thrives in comedy from the stage to the classroom

photo by Aaron Wu

Cole Toto ’18 is an an actor in the fall play The Government Inspector and a member of Just Wing It. He is interested in all aspects of performance though, as he initially became involved in theatre through behind-the-scenes work and ultimately wants to study writing. He plans to attend college next year, and continue to be involved in comedy.

How and when did you get into acting?

Well in middle school, I was not on the stage. I was behind the scenes, I was on soundboard. And from there I was like ‘Huh. That actually seems like it would be pretty fun. I should try that out.’ And so I did, and here I am now.

How is acting in a formalized or scripted play different from improv?

It is quite different. I don’t know, I like the freedom of improv more than the scripted acting. It feels more natural, it’s like you’re actually living it out. I mean it’s all rehearsed obviously, in a scripted production, so it can kind of get tiresome, because you’re doing the same thing over and over and over again. But with improv, it’s always fresh and new no matter what.

What advice do you have for anyone interested in the arts?

Put yourself out there. That’s really the only way that you can do it … If you’re pursuing improv, don’t be afraid to be a fool, because that’s what you’re going to be doing more than half the time. And don’t second guess yourself. And in terms of the arts, once again just put yourself out there. And see what response you get. If it’s bad just adjust what you’re doing.

What are your future plans in terms of school and acting?

Well, I am currently planning on studying writing in college. And my future plans? Like, future plans like career-wise or what … I don’t know, I’ve always wanted to have my own animated show. That would be amazing.

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