Saycon Sengbloh was just nominated for a Tony Award for her thrilling, emotionally-charged performance as Wife #1 in Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed. Anyone who sees her at the Golden Theater is immediately struck by her ability to capture the undeniable tragedy of the Liberian Civil War with nuance and humanity, but if one takes a look at her CV, it’s really no surprise. Her career has been a panoply of rich and challenging roles, including ones in the Broadway musical productions of Holler If Ya Hear Me, Fela, Motown: The Musical and Aida. In addition to her work on stage, Saycon is a successful recording artist with a new single “Everything”. We are thrilled at the end of this busy week to get Saycon Sengbloh On the Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My easy going nature and my heart.
What was your proudest moment?
I have not had my proudest moment yet.
What is your favorite drink?
I love to drink almond milk.
What is your favorite food?
I loooove okra! Especially Okra sauce; it’s a Liberian stew prepared with blended okra, fish, chicken and Palm oil. I eat it over firmly cooked parboiled rice, my favorite.
What is your favorite condiment?
Hmmm… Real maple syrup.
What is your current obsession?
At home with Nikki a YouTube channel for home organization.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Lol I don’t want to give up any vices… I guess sugar… Lol
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
I long to shoot more movies like DoublePlay and to do more plays like Eclipsed.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
I waste too much money on food.
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
I waste too much time lost in the rabbit hole of social media.
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Environmental concerns, bad water, bad foods ,and stress!
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
An appreciation for quality things and kindness.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Procrastination and being too nice.
What in the world most thrills you?
Interesting people and places learning new things, new languages, truly thrills me!
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
People, nowadays are overly friendly, including myself. Folks use nick names and pseudonyms on social media, have a brief exchange at a party or something and are upset when someone doesn’t know their name. I always remind people of my name; I never presume someone knows me.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
When I was on the national tour of Rent I was singing “Out tonight” and totally forgot all the lyrics I can’t remember what I did but my heart was racing I just kept singing and kicking down the stairs.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Home …inside my apartment or home/hotel that I’m living at the time if I’m on location. I do a lot of events, travel for jobs and things but I’m really a homebody at heart.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
I seek generosity. I’m the type of person who will give back rubs or pedicures or cook and really help out, I like someone who doesn’t mind giving of himself in the same way.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I grew up with dogs and had cats a few years ago but I know now that I certainly prefer dogs.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
I’d be meeting the love of my life.
What is your personal motto?
Keep it moving…press.