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Rules for The Director from Sam Mendes

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

       Sam Mendes’s 25 Rules for Directors “If there are any directors out there in the audience, or anyone who’s interested in directing, I’ve written 25 steps towards becoming a happier director. These are them.” 1. Always choose good collaborators. It seems so obvious, but the best collaborators are the ones who disagree with […]

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The *Great* in Shakespeare

The *Great* in Shakespeare

Friday, November 29th, 2013

The New York Times November 14, 2013 What Makes a Great Shakespearean? By CHARLES ISHERWOOD Tastes in acting, as in everything else, certainly vary, but a great Shakespearean performance is easy to spot. You know one when you see one, although it’s probably more accurate to say that you know one when you don’t see […]

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The Shakespeare Warmup for a workout

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

November 14, 2013 Players, Here’s the Drill By LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES Less than an hour before he was due to roar onto the stage on a motorcycle in “Romeo and Juliet,” Orlando Bloom strode along the gilded balcony of the Richard Rodgers Theater, contorting his mouth and making peculiar noises. “Imagine managing an imaginary menagerie,” he […]

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Your Life Force

Your Life Force

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

  “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world […]

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Neil Gaiman: Advice on Living the Creative Life

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

  Say “no” to projects that take you further from rather than closer to your own creative goals, however flattering or lucrative. (Hugh MacLeod put it beautifully: “The most important thing a creative per­son can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you […]

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What is an artist?

What is an artist?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

“Artists are some of the most driven and courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day to day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get […]

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An interview with Chris Bayes

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

J. Michael Miller Talks to Chris Bayes courtesy of The Actors Center/Online Journal July 13, 2012 By Philip Carlson CHRIS BAYES began his theater career with the internationally acclaimed Theatre de la Jeune Lune where he worked for five years as an actor, director, composer, designer and artistic associate. In 1989 he joined the acting […]

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Two Journeys Into O’Neill, via email (NY Times)

Monday, June 18th, 2012

June 14, 2012 Two Journeys Into O’Neill, via E-Mail Compiled by SCOTT HELLER IN two time zones on two continents, the actors Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf have been taking on formidable roles that sit at the center of the American theatrical canon. Mr. Lane, a two-time Tony winner and beloved musical-comedy star, was Theodore […]

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Letting Go with Yo-Yo Ma

Letting Go with Yo-Yo Ma

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

The Letting Go with Yo-Yo Ma, from Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer        

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Philip Seymour Hoffman and the “Searching for the Life of a Salesman”

Monday, March 12th, 2012

  March 8, 2012 Searching for the Life of a Salesman By PATRICK HEALY   BEFORE most performances of the new Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman,” as other cast members stretch in their dressing rooms, Philip Seymour Hoffman walks onto the stage of the Barrymore Theater and folds his barrel frame into a […]

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