As I have said many times September is my favorite month! Kids back to school and the air changes. Cooler weather and intellectual excitement. We are starting our first class tomorrow night and I am always so excited to meet new actors as well as welcome back previous students and our Ensemble members. Now starting Season 4 officially this feels real. I am proud of this idea and proud we have done so much work to create an ongoing Ensemble and ongoing studio classes to help find a way to make acting a viable profession in Denver. As well as raise the overall standard of excellence in this art form in our city. We can have excellence without elitism and we say yes to all actors regardless their level, age or background. And we create a common practice. Acting is not just talent and intuition. There is technique and history and training and a practice. And anyone can learn these principles if they have the passion and dedication to this work.
We will start with Contemporary American plays for selfish reasons. I have spent so much time with Chekhov and Shakespeare in the past four years that I have neglected my own study and reading and seeing of new work. I went to Yale Drama School to work with playwrights of my own generation as a director. I know that would be where my career would begin. And I had the ppportunity to work with some amazing writers. Then I joined the Acting Company out of Juilliard and my life took a different turn. Then a fulbright in Bogota doing Chekhov in Spanish and then 18 years at NTC at DCPA training MFA students….lost of acronyms….so training became my life’s work. A few new plays and a lot of projects and productions….then Visionbox.
As so much of my work has been the planning and adminstrating of this idea and of course the FUNDRAISING! I have not had a lot of time to actually do some directing and producing. This year I will change that. The first project I want to definitely direct is the solo shakespeare festival which I have called “ALL THE WORLD” low ego here:) Ensemble members have one person shows of one character from the canon and new actors can join as well. I will do some editing and staging and design for these pieces at a theatre space in our neighborhood preferably. We will start in November after Classical American Realism class. Also Three Sisters Kardashian will continue. It is my favorite idea in a long while.
Finally we are always looking for new artists in our city. Our doors are open and my mantra is “YES”. So come back if you left and come find us if you are new and help us raise Denver to be one of the most exciting theatre towns in the country!!! OK?! REALLY I MEAN IT!
the work begins again tomorrow!