Meet Byron St. Cyr as Jose Fajardo in ON YOUR FEET!
I was born in New Orleans but began moving around the country at the age of four. Every time a work promotion came the family usually had to move. Between then and now I’ve lived in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Florida, and Arizona (twice). I think moving like we did actually made it easier for me to make the bold choice to move to New York City.
I actually was planning on becoming a professional saxophone player. But there always seemed to be some level of expression missing. It wasn’t until I did a summer high school drama program at NYU that I realized that acting could be a profession and that I could bring together my love for music and movement along with it. I’ve had so many wonderful teachers along the way. My high school drama teacher, James Fountain, gave me the confidence to move out here. Dorothy Stone took me under her wing and was my vocal mentor through my NYU days. I’m forever thankful for her pushing me to have that classical foundation because “If you can sing Mozart you can sing anything.” And most recently Diane Laurenson who’s dance class reminded me what I loved about performing after I had spent a long stretch away from the stage. It’s taken a lot of amazing teachers and mentors to get me to this point.
I learned about On Your Feet when it came to Broadway as I had a friend in the original cast. This is my first time doing the show but I grew up listening to Gloria Estefan’s music. I have two favorite moments in the show. First Mi Tierra because I mean the song is an all time favorite of mine. I used to listen to that album on repeat. My other favorite is “When Someone Walks into Your Life”. It’s a moment that is all heart.
This is my first time at WBT. I have to say the group of people brought together to make this show a reality is the best. The cast and crew work so hard and still have fun. It makes the hard work go faster because everyone is giving their all.
It’s soo hard to choose my favorite show honestly. I’m currently in love with Hadestown. The Pulitzer Prize winning play Fairview shook my world last year. Pippin. The leading player is one of my dreams. That and Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman.
I love reading. Taking in art of all forms. Nothing feeds me more than seeing other work that inspires me. I also enjoy a good lazy afternoon with a little tv. It’s good to slow down once in a while and I’m not so good at it haha.
I listen to a wide variety of music. Been delving into a lot of the soul music I grew up listening to as I start piecing together another cabaret concert. And a lot of jazz... Ella, Sammy, Sarah Vaughan, the greats.