Tali Custer

Tali is an NYC-based actress with a BFA Acting and Dance degree from Pace University.  Tali regularly collaborates with the World Wide Lab, an international director’s collective of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab directors who experiment with different models of co-directing.  Tali has developed and performed with the company at Brooklyn’s respected Irondale Theater, on the island of Syros, Greece, and in Taipei, Taiwan where she also led and assisted in workshops with students from the National Taiwan University of the Arts.  She has performed twice at the renowned La MaMa ETC, first as the fiery hen Red in Mrozek’s Serenade and most recently in Pioneers Go East’s Hildegard (vision).  She has been featured in the NYC theatrical premieres of Box, Listen and Shrewd at IRT Theater and Rough Draft at the Wild Project with Improbable Stage, most notably in the title role of Titus in That Which Remains, Improbable Stage’s devised adaptation of Titus Andronicus.  Tali performs with Italian theatre company Kairos Italy Theater both in NYC and outside of the City, most recently on an adapted 16th century Venetian text Worth of Women which had an Off-Broadway run at Access Theater and a featured evening at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC.  Tali has developed and produced her own theatre-dance works in the City, is a regular student of the Movement Theatre Studio of NYC, and has starred and been featured in numerous feature films, short films, web series and commercials.  www.talicuster.com

Tell us a little bit about where you’re from!

I’m originally from Virginia not far from Washington, DC, but have lived in NYC for 11 years now!  I came here for school and have loved life in the City ever since.

If I became a character in my favorite fairy tale I would love to be Rumpelstiltskin!  The story is such a compelling depiction greed, especially greed in the place of pure compassion, and I find the mysterious little man that is Rumpelstiltskin intriguing

My favorite children’s book is… I LOVED The Very Hungry Caterpillar when I was younger, as well as other books illustrated by Eric Carle.  As a child his artwork always inspired my imagination, and his simple yet valuable stories brought me back to his books over and over again.

Three things most people would be surprised to learn about me are: 

1. I love traveling and learning about other cultures!  So much so that I’ve been studying the Greek language for 3 years simply because I love it so much.

2. I love kickboxing and enjoy going ham on a punching bag.

3. I tap danced for many years, and when I have to stand still for a long period of time you’ll most likely catch me quietly tapping out some combinations in my sneakers.

Hans Christian Andersen’s stories, especially told in the theatre, are exhilarating adventures that inspire our imaginations, as well as stories that teach us something.  They are not only exciting journeys into new worlds, but they provide an opportunity for families to discuss important themes that help us all grow and develop.

See what happened when Tali took over the NYCCT Insta Story!