I love teaching. And learning. I have always been drawn to the process of knowledge, information and, hopefully, wisdom, moving dynamically between teachers and students in planned, but mysterious, ways.
I have taught a wide range of theatrical subjects— Acting (all levels), Acting Comedy, Acting Styles, Adaptation of Literature, Audition Techniques, Directing, Performance of Literature, Playwriting, Shakespeare and more. But no matter what aspect of theatre I am teaching, my primary fascination and focus is how I can help every theatre artist truly bring themselves to the work.
The question I continually ask myself: How can I help my students build bold bridges and meaningful connections between the reality of their own lives and the fictional reality of the character they are playing, the story they are telling, or the world they are inhabiting? I believe the most worthwhile thing we have to offer The Theatre is our own flawed, remarkable, complicated selves.
That is where I start… and the touchstone to which I continually return. In between, I try to positively, passionately, and effectively offer as many tools and techniques as I can to help actors pretend better; directors help other people pretend better; playwrights create unique and engaging pretend worlds; and designers to create the best possible worlds for all the others to pretend in.
I find theatre artists (and aspiring theatre artists) endlessly fascinating and worthy of our highest respect. It is a fraught life, and I admire those who are brave enough to undertake it. The affection and respect I have for aspiring theatre artists is reflected every day in every class I teach. I believe that when theatre artists know themselves well and are willing to put that self-knowledge (as well as any other knowledge they possess) into the work…. extraordinary things can happen. Even for beginners, I have seen time and time again how grounding the work in their own essential truth can make it stronger and more effective.
While this pursuit is at the core of what I do, there are a number of core beliefs that underlie my teaching. Here are some of the fundamental principles and values that guide me as a teacher:
I believe in Courage, Curiosity and Generosity.
I believe in Rigor.
I believe in Honesty & Integrity.
I believe in Kindness & Encouragement.
I am Straightforward.
I am mildly obsessed with Wonder and Amazement.
Truth is Just About Everything.