Jake Silbermann is a rising performer and co-founder of Camisade Theatre Company. He's best known for originating the controversial role of "Noah Mayer" on CBS' "As The World Turns." His other television credits include "The Guiding Light," "Gossip Girl," "The Good Wife," and ABC’s upcoming "Georgetown." He recently appeared in the World Premiere of Marina Carr’s "Phaedra Backwards" at NJ's McCarter Theatre, under the direction of Emily Mann. Jake is the writer of the award-winning short film "Stuffer," directed by Nathan Crooker.
Jake can currently be seen in Camisade Theatre Company's world premiere play "Derby Day" by Samuel Brett Williams from November 30-December 17 at The Clurman Theatre in the Theatre Row Complex NYC (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue).
1. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? The one person? There’s many. I’m in awe of so many actors and filmmakers. There are legends who continue to impress as well as emerging artists who haven’t even reached their potential.
2. What made you want to start "Camisade Theatre Company"? How did you, Malcom Madera, and Samuel Brett Williams come together? What does it mean to you to have your own theatre company?In all honesty we formed the Camisade Theatre out of necessity. It was our intention to produce a play, but as we learned more about the process we discovered that to better protect ourselves and control our work, it made a lot of sense to found a company. We don’t take it lightly and we established a strong, but fluid, mission statement and are already looking ahead to the next project after we complete our, hopefully, successful run of "Derby Day."
3. What attracted you to "Derby Day" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Malcom Madera and I came to Brett (Samuel Brett Williams) originally to commission a new play from him. We described what we wanted to do, the kind of story and characters that we are both drawn to. After we finished, Brett said, you know I actually have something already written that sounds just like what you guys are looking for. He sent us "Derby Day" and immediately after reading it I knew we were going to make this show happen.
4. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? As I’m writing this we are entering our third day of rehearsal and we are just scratching the surface of scene and character work. You discover so much at this stage and everything is new. Having just come off "Phaedra Backwards," the feeling of entering the dark woods of the rehearsal process, where the path ahead of you is unclear, is still fresh. I’m comforted (and amazed) by the blind faith that we will emerge with a clear and layered story.
5. What was it like to originate the role of "Noah Mayer" on "As The World Turns"? What did it mean to you to have this opportunity? Originating "Noah Mayer" was a unique opportunity. It was great for me. I knew when I was cast that the role had potential to be relevant but I had no idea to the extent. It’s humbling to play a character that inspires people to feel stronger about their lives and that’s not something that happens everyday. I do believe that every character has a function within every story and that every story has some lesson to impart onto us. And then there's all the friends I made from ATWT...great time.
6. What are you looking forward to about being on "Georgetown"? What can you tell us about it so far? Don’t expect much from my role in Georgetown. I’m in it for a moment but it was a fun shoot, fun little role. Cady Cassidy was lovely to work with as was the crew. I wish the show very well, we need more shows shot in NYC.
7. What made you want to write "Stuffer"? What do you get from writing that you don't get from performing? I wanted to create a compelling story where I could defend every moment, every turn the story takes and every choice a character makes. The goal was, at the end of the day, to play something I wouldn’t normally be cast in, and i felt the best way to do that was to write something that people wanted to be a part of. If you’re going to do something out of self interest, it makes sense for it to be attractive to others, filmmakers and actors alike.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer, writer, and founder of your own theatre company? I think I’ve learned more about the world through these endeavors than myself.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? The first step to getting what you want is deciding what, exactly, it is you want.
10. Favorite website? espn.com.
11. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs.
12. Superman or Wonder Woman? Spiderman.