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Improvisation: Language Beyond Words

By |2019-09-13T19:01:38-05:00October 25th, 2017|Acting, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagekraft|

Words! Words! I'm so sick of words! I get words all day through; First from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do? Don't talk of stars burning above; If you're in love, show me! ~ from My Fair Lady (lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner) Think [...]

Oh Sweet Desire, You Know How I Hate to Practice

By |2019-09-15T16:10:39-05:00February 23rd, 2017|Stagekraft|

I've never been good at practicing. I like to be good at something quickly, and if I'm not good at something quickly, I don't like doing it. So I put it away, for awhile. Or forever. Such has been the fate of tennis, baking, sewing and tap-dancing, to name a [...]

Edge Play: Creating Art that Challenges

By |2019-09-13T19:15:24-05:00January 30th, 2017|Acting, Singing, Stagekraft|

Performers are revealers; we lay a thing bare. To cultivate as broad a landscape of potential revelation as possible, we venture from the center of familiarity and recognition to the edge of mystery and uncertainty. Just as there are edges to the stage space, there are edges to us performers too. I [...]

Don’t show us, let us find it

By |2019-09-13T17:08:50-05:00November 24th, 2013|Acting, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagekraft|

I attended a screening of the new film, Nebraska, with my Canadian actor and pal Jean Brassard. What a truthful bit of film-making it is and what amazing casting! In the live chat with Bruce Dern that followed, he shared some of his wisdom: 1. Don't push. Don't perform. [...]

Still Body, Animated Mind

By |2019-09-16T12:15:26-05:00November 9th, 2013|Acting, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagekraft|

What is it that's so powerful about the performers who can command the stage in stillness? I've felt their confidence and comfort in their bodies. I've felt the force of their imagination. In striving for this stage stillness and power in myself, I've watched them. And I've watched the video footage [...]