NY Area Spartan of the Week: Jovon Shuck

Posted by admin | November 29, 2010

Jovon Shuck 

A few Spartan questions for Jovon Shuck:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: I came to MSU to study Veterinary Medicine, but was seduced by the technical theatre class that I took my freshman year. I graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in Theatre and with the wonderful woman who was to become my wife.

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: I’m a Stage Manager. Currently, I’m working at George Street Playhouse on “[title of show].” One of the great things about my job, though, is all the varied environments I get to work in: I toured North America for nearly 3 years with Monty Python’s Spamalot, spent 6 Christmases at Radio City Music Hall, chased the snapping turtles back into the pond at the Delacorte for Shakespeare in the park, along with all kinds of summer stocks, festivals and even a few trips through Broadway & Off Broadway stage door

Q: Where do you live?
A:  Washington Heights.

Q:Favorite NYC restaurant?
A.  While I was away on tour, the NYC foods I would dream about pizza from John’s of Bleecker Street, matzo ball soup at The Café Edison, sour cream apple pie from The Little Pie Company and the burgers at Piper’s Kilt in Inwood.

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A:  Delis. I love a bacon, egg and cheese on a roll first thing in the morning. I love that there’s a little bodega on every corner stocked with all the essentials. Whenever I leave NYC, I’m at a loss at lunchtime; where are you supposed to get a sandwich in the rest of the world?

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A:  All the random places I get a “Go green!”  I was walking to work a few Saturday’s ago through a forest of Rangers jerseys outside the Garden, when a passing Spartan called out to me on the sidewalk. It made my whole weekend.

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: I’d like to have dinner with three of the great names from MSU’s past:

  1. William James Beal
  2. John Hannah
  3. John C. Holmes

I’d like to learn more about their roles in shaping MSU, but also to hear what they think of the world-class institution it’s become. (And I couldn’t pass up the chance to get Professor Beal’s advice on my garden.)