Commitment and Craftsmanship Win Tyler Bradley Indyck Theater Award & Prestigious Acting Position

Senior Tyler Bradley Indyck fixed his intense blue eyes on his audience – a full house of Rhode Island College faculty and staff – and began to sing the musical theater tune, “Do You Remember?” written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 

This crowd, which had gathered for the Mid-Year Review to gain an overview of the recent accomplishments and goals of the college, was transported from the left side of their brain to the dreamy right side as Indyck sang. He took them back to the past, to a time when a man first fell in love with a woman. He recalled every exquisite detail of his beloved, from her youth to old age. And when Indyck sang, one believed unconditionally in this love and why it exalted him. 

This performance and another show tune – “Proud Lady” from the play “The Baker’s Wife” – recently won over the judges as well at the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region I competition, earning Indyck the Richard Maltby, Jr. Award for Musical Theater Excellence. Indyck also auditioned for and won a paid acting position with The Muny this summer, the oldest and largest outdoor musical theater in America.

A native of Fall River, Mass., Indyck has had paid acting positions across the country since graduating high school. He is now moving toward full Equity membership.

Landing an acting job with The Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (known today simply as “The Muny”) was another big win for the 20-year-old. “I had been waiting and waiting for the call from Muny,” he said, “which we actors spend a lot of time doing. That’s the challenge of being an actor – waiting for calls – calls that may not come. If they don’t come, it makes you feel rejected, so you’re constantly questioning yourself and your abilities, when you really shouldn’t. Maybe you just weren’t right for that version of the show. You can’t let it get you down.”

Fortunately for Indyck he can now begin packing for the warmer climes of St. Louis. Muny’s summer season begins in June with productions that include “Billy Elliot the Musical,” “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and “Grease.”

In May, Indyck will graduate from RIC with a musical theater degree. He said he was well prepared at Rhode Island College, particularly noting professors of theater Fred Scheff and Bill Wilson and professor of dance Angelica Vessella as faculty who taught him everything he knows.

“Tyler is one of the most talented, dedicated, hard-working and passionate performers I have ever met,” said Wilson. “He immersed himself in our program like his life depended on it, and he quickly became not only a triple-threat musical theater performer, but a leader. His future in musical theater is extremely bright.”

Even in his free time, Indyck listens to songs from musical theater and plans for his future. He said, “Professor Wilson taught me that the people who love this business the most stick with it the longest, and things happen for them. I truly believe that. I think I’m one of those people.”

For three consecutive years, RIC students have earned top awards at the KCACTF, which honors excellence in overall productions and individual artists. KCACTF’s Region I competitors come from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeast New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.