Exclusive: Interview with Joseph Ausanio and Taylor Repetski

Photo credit: Tamme Stitt Photography

Joseph Ausanio
Joseph: I am a longtime resident of Kingston, NY. I graduated with a BFA degree in Film/Theatre from Rochester Institute of Technology. I am also returning to school for a Master’s degree in Deaf Education in the fall.

Photo credit: Hayley Payne

Taylor Repetski

Taylor: I’m a 3rd year student at Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Film Studies and Visual Culture. I was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I graduated from trade high school in 2012 majoring in Commercial Photography. I am also an aspiring photographer.

Serious Questions:

What got you into acting/writing?

JA: I’ve always idolized Lucille Ball growing up. Even though, there were several actresses that inspired me to become an actor, like Linda Bove, Marlee Matlin, and Phyllis Frelich. It showed me that D/deaf people could do anything. I had so many inspirations for writing. I would often read screenplays from films so I would get the understanding of dramatic structure. I adore Tina Fey as a writer, that woman is brilliant. Who doesn’t love Mean Girls?

TR: I never acted or written anything before.

What is your best performance that you’re proud of so far?

JA: I performed as Billy in Tribes written by Nina Raine at Epic Theatre. I was so proud of this performance, because I played a deaf man named Billy who grew up in a hearing family and he falls for a CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) girl who starts to lose her hearing. She introduces him to the deaf world that opened his eyes. I got to work with such a wonderful cast and crew. And Troy’s Big Break is also my best one, too, because I got to work with my favorite people, like Taylor Rose and Frances Sorrentino who plays Flo.

TR: (laughs) Taylor Rose! Joey always calls me that, it’s my personal nickname from him. Troy’s Big Break is my best performance for directing so far.

What is the most rewarding experience you have had and what made it so?

JA: Directing a full-length play, “Dog Sees God”, written by Bert V. Royal for my senior thesis project. The reason why I said this was because I’ve never directed a theatre production before. I was so proud of myself for pulling through to make this production a successful one. And I went through so much stuff during that time, but I learned a lot about myself. And Bert V. was a very kind person during the production and sent his best wishes for our opening night, so it was really rewarding for me.

TR: The most rewarding experience for myself is directing Troy’s Big Break. Joey was such a wonderful mentor and a friend to me, because he helped open my eyes to express my creativity.

Who or what inspires you and why?

JA: My grandmother Lois, because she was an incredibly strong woman.

TR: WES ANDERSON because I just love how he films his movies. His use of cinematography and composition are stunning, for example, The Royal Tenenbaums.

What are your future plans?

JA: To try to become a teacher, but still make films and act on stage on the side. You will be seeing a season two and several other films from us soon!

TR: My future plan is to finish college. Also, after college, I will definitely try to find jobs that are film-related, because I’m developing a huge passion for it.

Completely Silly Random Questions:

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

JA: Lots of stuff from Trader Joe’s. I’m a huge fan of that store. And their cookie butter is to die for.

TR: Garden salad and chicken and dressing, that’s my lunch and dinner there. #collegestudentprobs #broke-ish I am sorta jealous of Joey having Trader Joe’s but whenever I’m at Joey’s house, we ALWAYS have orange chicken and rice from Trader Joe’s, it is delicious.

You are invited to a large cocktail party at a country club. When you arrive, the room where the party is being held is already over half full of people. How do they react to you when you enter the room?

JA: With light applause and I would be approached with a glass of red wine ready for me. And I would socialize with as many people as possible at the party to show appreciation of them coming to the party.

TR: Same answer as Joey’s but white wine for me please. But I will try to go around and talk to people and catch up with them.

You have the choice to live with a gorilla who knows sign language or a dog who sings lullabies, which do you choose?

JA: Gorilla who knows sign language! Watch “Born to Be Wild”, and you’ll know why!


TR: Gorilla who knows sign language because I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and I was surprised when I saw some of the apes in the movie were signing and I thought that was interesting.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?

JA: Definitely a beach house! I’ve always wanted to live in a house right in front of the water.

TR: A Volkswagen T1 van (The “hippie” van) in a teal color with white accent for cross-country road trips since I love to travel.

If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet, what would you want?

JA: Telekinetic powers.

TR: Speed like Quicksilver from X-Men: Days of Future Past.


My favorite part: The questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot on his show Apostrophes, after the Proust Questionnaire.

The ten questions Lipton asks are:

What is your favorite word?

JA: Marvelous
TR: Positive

What is your least favorite word?

JA: Impossible
TR: Weak

What turns you on?

JA: Red Velvet Cake
TR: Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream

What turns you off?

JA: Ignorant and disrespectful people

TR: Disrespectful and dishonest people

What sound or noise do you love?

JA: Loud music
TR: Music with a beat

What sound or noise do you hate?

JA: Alarm sounds. They come off as really annoying.
TR: Screeching loud noises

What is your favorite curse word?

JA: Maybe mofo? I don’t curse a lot.
TR: Shit, but I rarely curse.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

JA: Teaching
TR: Cupcake boutique store owner

What profession would you not like to do?

JA: Surgeon
TR: Pornstar

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

JA: “Welcome, you lived a wonderful life. There’s family waiting for you here to talk with you. And here’s a glass of Merlot.”

TR: “Taylor, you lived your life with such fulfilling moments. Now you can celebrate and have a buffet with me.”

Troy’s Big Break links:
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/troysbigbreak
Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/user/troysbigbreak/videos

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