Interview: Royce Roeswood

royceWhen I arrived in Denver, one of the first things I did was sign up for an improv class. Like Michael Scott in The Office, I did not want to start over at Level One when I moved. But I did, because I wanted to get involved, get a new perspective and make friends. The coach of my Level One (or Level Six, as I liked to think of it) was Royce Roeswood. He used his hands a lot when he spoke, and he asked a lot of questions, like “What did you think of that exercise?” He was kind of like an improv therapist-slash-mime. After that Level One class, I was selected by Royce to play on his new house team, and, while I didn’t end up actually doing so, I got to enjoy a number of practices with him. He’s an incredibly interesting guy, a wonderful improv coach, an inspiration to any creative or thoughtful person, and, still – in my mind, a funny therapist mime.

Meet Royce Roeswood.

What is your name?
Royce Roeswood

How long have you been a non-vegan?
I had a shredded beef burrito Monday night. Then I had food poisoning on Tuesday. Is this a message from the Secret Society of Vegans?

Why have you decided not to be a vegan? Describe your journey to veganism and where you got stalled.
The biggest reason why I am not a vegan is probably cheese. Yum! Even though it makes me feel gross sometimes. I try to limit my meat intake, actually – mostly because it’s expensive, but I’m also concerned about the environmental impacts of meat consumption. When we do buy meat, we try to buy grass-fed organic.

Where do you get your protein?
Eggs and beans, mostly. It probably wouldn’t be too hard for me to become a vegetarian.

What vegan food do you feel you’re missing out on as a non-vegan?
I eat vegan food! I love Watercourse and City O’ City.

Do you eat fish? You eat fish, right?
Oh yes. My wife is from Alaska, and her family keeps us well-stocked with wild Alaskan salmon.

Are there any animals in your life, such as pets or funny neighborhood squirrels? Tell us a story about them.

I don’t currently have a pet. I didn’t have a dog growing up, and it has taken me a long time to be comfortable around dogs. My wife really wants to have a dog, so that is something I am preparing for.

What do you do for fun besides eating meat and dairy?
I love tabletop strategy games! I was at Gamefest last weekend trying out all sorts of new games. If you come over to my house, I will probably ask you to play one. It’s okay, I’m really good at teaching rules and I play nice.

Do you have any upcoming projects you want to plug? Tell us about them.
Several! I am working with Lu Cong, a local visual artist, as part of a gallery show at the McNichols Building. The opening was Friday, May 9, and I’ll be performing every Saturday morning for the next few weeks.
I have shows with Geek Out at the Bovine Metropolis Theatre and Makeshift Shakespeare at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse coming up.
I just got cast in a production of Twelfth Night at Off Square Theatre Company in Jackson, Wyoming. That will be playing in July.
For more details, you can check out my performance calendar at

If you were to write a children’s play about veganism, what would you title it and what would the plot be?

It would be called Captain Vegan and The Meat Men. It would be about a superhero, Captain Vegan, who infiltrates a factory farm, sets all the cows and chickens free, and fights giant people made of meat.

Make up a question of your own and answer it.
Did you really have food poisoning?
Yes. Either that or stomach flu. It was awful.

Song: “Kale”
Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato Cashew Cheese Spread

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