“Life is meaningless without art.” 
- Karen Finley

“Above all, you must remain open and fresh and alive to any new idea.”
- Laurence Olivier

“The body does not have memory.  It is memory.” 
- Jerzy Grotowski

“In everything, without doubt, truth has the advantage over imitation.”
- Cicero

“The actor must constantly remember that he is on the stage for the sake of the public.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“One wishes to know something but the answer is in a form of being more aware – of being open to a richer level of experience.” 
- Peter Brook

 

Hirschfeld

“To flourish, society depends on a strong cultural heritage as well as innovation. The challenge is to breathe new life into the arts. Creativity is at the heart of every successful nation. It finds expression in great visual art, wonderful music, fabulous performances, stunning writing, gritty new productions and countless other media. Giving form to our innate human creativity is what defines us to ourselves and the world.
This is what the arts have always done. The lasting value and evidence of a civilization are its artistic output and the ingenuity that comes from applying creativity to the whole range of human endeavor. What is education if it doesn't teach our children to think creatively and innovatively? What use is a robust economy unless it is within an innovative country that can attract and stimulate the world? How can good governance exist without a population that is engaged, educated and able to form its own opinions?”  Excerpt from an essay, “Reviving a creative nation,”
 – by Cate Blanchett and Julianne Schultz, April 16, 2008, For the Creative Australia Stream at the 2020 Summit

“What is done in love is done well.”
- Vincent Van Gogh

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”
- Kahil Gibran

“You must not write because you think it’s going to be a hit or because it’s expedient. The only reason to write is from love.”
- Stephen Sondheim

"There is a difference between passive goodness and active goodness, which is, in my opinion, the giving of one's time and energy in the alleviation of pain and suffering. It entails going out, finding and helping those in suffering and danger and not merely in leading an exemplary life in a purely passive way of doing no wrong."
- Nicholas Winton

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action--and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly of the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching, and makes us more alive than the others.”
- Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
- Harriet Tubman

“It is a great piece of good fortune when an actor can instinctly grasp a play with his whole being. In such happy but rare circumstances it is better to forget all about laws and methods, and give himself up to the power of his creative nature.”
- Constantin Stanislavsky

“Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.”
- C.S. Lewis

“Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

They took away what should have been my eyes. But I remembered Milton’s Paradise. They took away what should have been my ears, Beethoven came and wiped away my tears. They took away what should have been my tongue, but I talked with God when I was young. He would not let them take away my soul – possessing that, I still possess the whole.”
- Helen Keller, Tuscumbia, Alabama

“The only revolution that counts is a revolution of the human spirit.”
- Henrik Ibsen

 “You are not your thoughts or behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.”
- Eckhart Tolle

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
- Robert F. Kennedy

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
- Napoleon Hill

“Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.” 
- Anais Nin

“For me, acting is not about showing my presence or displaying my technique. Rather it is about revealing, through acting, ‘something else,’ something that the audience doesn’t encounter in daily life. The actor doesn’t demonstrate it. It is not physically visible, but, through the engagement of the onlooker’s imagination, ‘something else’ will appear in his or her mind. For this to happen, the audience must not have the slightest awareness of what the actor is doing. They must be able to forget the actor. The actor must disappear.”
- Yoshi Oida

“Today, I do not have anger. I do not worry and I am filled with gratitude. I devote myself to my work. I am kind to people.”
- Usui Mikao

About Us

The Soul of the American Actor is a Theatre Artists' Newspaper
published quarterly.

Ronald Rand
Founder, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Janice Berliner
Eastern Press Bureau Chief

Contributing Writers:
Sue Feinberg, Joanna Rotté

Doug Barron
Plaza desktop publishing
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Tel: 212-947-1608 • dougsbarron@gmail.com

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The Soul of the American Actor is dedicated to informing, enlightening and illuminating artists and all those interested in theatre art as a resource in civilization's human treasury.

The Staff

Ronald RandRONALD RAND - FOUNDER, PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

U.S. Goodwill Cultural Ambassador/International Performing Artist

A celebrated International Director, Mr. Rand’s production of “LUV” continues to run into its 4th year at Sarajevo’s Chamber Theatre 55 in Bosnia & Herzegovina with Zana Marjanovic (star of Angelina Jolie’s film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey), Moamer Kasumovic and Muhamed Hadzovic.

U.S. State Dept./CIES Fulbright Specialist, Author – “Acting Teachers of America.” Mr. Rand founded this Newspaper in 1998.

Currently in the 16th year, Mr. Rand performs his internationally-acclaimed solo play, "LET IT BE ART! Harold Clurman's Life of Passion" as Harold Clurman around the world.

Garnering two critically-acclaimed runs Off-Broadway (Century Center & ArcLight, produced by the Mirror Repertory Theatre), "LET IT BE ART!” – a NYFA sponsored project, directed by Gregory Abels, has received standing ovations in 23 countries, and 20 states across America at over 100 theaters, international festivals and conferences, universities, colleges, and schools.

In 2015, Ronald Rand was chosen by the U.S. State Department/CIES as the first Fulbright Specialist to teach for six weeks at the University of Malaya’s Cultural Centre.

In 2013, Mr. Rand was chosen as the first Fulbright Specialist to teach for six weeks at the University of Sarajevo’s Academy of Dramatic Arts. 

During 2015, the Malaysian Ministry of Arts & Culture invited Mr. Rand as the first American to perform and teach across Malaysia at their State Theaters in Ipoh, Alor Setar and Kuala Terengganu. He was also a Visiting Guest Professor in Kuala Lumpur at the National Arts Culture and Heritage Academy, Islamic International State University, and Universiti Teknologi Mara.

During 4 tours across India, Mr. Rand has performed and been a Visiting Guest Professor at Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares Academy in Mumbai, Jaipur’s Manipal University, University of Mysore, Bangalore’s Christ University (performing in their International Baptizer Festival (also as a Judge of the Festival), Auroville’s Aurobindo Auditorium, Chilsag Chilies Acting Academy, Alliance française de Delhi Auditorium, Pondicherry University, University of Calicut, New Delhi’s Nehru University, Mumbai’s Bhavans College, New Delhi’s R.K. Films & Media Academy, and the Cpracsis Association for Asian Performance's International Theatre Conference on Body, Space and Technology in Performance at St. Thomas College, in Kerala.

Mr. Rand has performed in "LET IT BE ART!" and taught at many international festivals.

He was the first American invited to perform in Zimbabwe's BAFA International Arts Festival (co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy), "Voices of History" International Theatre Festival (Vologda, Russia), Bareilly International Theatre Festival (India), MerCoSur International Theatre Festival (performing in Paysandu’s Teatro Florencio Sanchez-Uruguay), Bangkok's Patravadi Theatre, Johannesburg’s National School of Arts Fame Festival (South Africa), Last Frontier Theatre Conference-Alaska, and invited as the first solo play at Harold Clurman Festival of the Arts-New York City (USA).

Around the world, Mr. Rand also has performed in “LET IT BE ART” and taught at Paris's Cinemateque Theatre, in the Palace Dar el-Majzen-Casbah of the Medina at Tangier's International Intermediality Theatre Conference, Minsk's Palace of Culture of the Trade Unions Theatre-Belarus, Sarajevo's International Winter Festival, Colombia's International Theatre Festival of Peace, Kathmandu International Theatre Festival-Nepal, Buenos Aires' Kafka Theatre, London’s Spiro Ark Theatre, Sarajevo’s International M.E.S.S Festival (also as a Judge of the Festival), Frankfurt’s Internationales Theatre, Eskisehir’s State Municipal Theatre-Turkey, Georgian International Festival of Arts-GIFT-Tbilisi, Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Valdez, Alaska), New England Theatre Conference’s Convention, Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention, and International Festival of Making Theatre-Athens.

Across America, his performances include North Coast Repertory Theatre, Cape May Stage, Tucson’s Invisible Theatre, Anchorage’s Cyrano’s Theatre, Jean-Claude van Itallie's "Shantigar", Stella Adler Academy-LA (Irene Gilbert Theatre, William Esper Studio, Orange County Community College, Maggie Flanigan Studio, Pace University, Villanova University, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Players Club, Penny Templeton Studio, Neighborhood Playhouse, and the Episcopal Actors Guild of America.

An Adjunct Professor of Acting at Pace University for four years, Mr. Rand now teaches as a Visiting Guest Professor sharing his unique master acting workshop, "Art of Transformation" across the globe in 23 countries and 20 states, including Anadolu University-Eskisehir-Turkey, Belarusian State University-Tbilisi, Georgia, University of Zagreb's Academy of Dramatic Art, Georgian International Festival of Arts-GIFT-Tbilisi, and across America at New York University, Louisiana State University, Lycoming College, University of Missouri-Columbia, Syracuse University, San Diego University, Orange County Community College.

Mr. Rand has appeared in over 200 films and TV shows including "The Emperor's Club," “In & Out" opposite Kevin Kline, "Jerky Boys," "Another You," as President Nixon in "Rude Awakening" and "Quiz Show" directed by Robert Redford, “When in Rome” opposite Angelica Huston, as Mercedes Ruehl's husband on "Law & Order," "Third Watch," as Milton Sterns in "A Marriage-O’Keefe and Steiglitz" (American Playhouse) opposite Jane Alexander & Christopher Plummer; "Homeless" opposite Yoko Ono; on "Saturday Night Live," "All My Children," "As the World Turns," "One Life to Live," and "Guiding Light."

Mr. Rand is the best-selling author of the "Acting Teachers of America" (photos by Luigi Scorcia) – the most comprehensive book ever published in America about today's influential acting teachers. He is currently at work on his second book, “CREATE!” to be published by Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing in 2017.

His Off-Broadway debut in "Julius Caesar" at BAM with Richard Dreyfuss, George Rose, Thomas Hulce and Rene Auberjunois was followed by numerous Off-Broadway appearances including "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Classical Theatre of Harlem), "Servant of Two Masters" directed by Stuart Vaughan, Hamm in "Endgame," directed by Joseph Chaikin; "Conversation with a Kleagle," the lead in Goldoni's "The Liar;" First Gravedigger in "Hamlet"; leads in several of Bernard Shaw's plays; and all three male roles in "Perfect Crime". He toured for five months throughout Europe as the Fool in "King Lear" with Tom McGowan.

He created, co-produced and appeared with Marian Seldes, Elizabeth Ashley, Jayne Atkinson, David Margulies, and Rosemary Harris in the Schueur Book Series at The Jewish Museum in New York City.

Mr. Rand starred in "LUV" at The Barnstormers Theatre in New Hampshire, and at the Mirror Repertory’s Greensboro Arts Alliance Summer Stock Theatre as the Stage Manager in “Our Town,” Polonius in “Hamlet,” and as Captain Keller in “The Miracle Worker.”

Mr. Rand has written the libretto for his new opera, "IBSEN," with music by German composer Harmut von Lieres, and is now under consideration by a major Opera House in Europe.

His other plays include "Consequences," "Ode to the Moon," "The Site of Human Life," and "The Group!" about the life of the Group Theatre (World Premiere-Northern Illinois University). "The Group!" has also received presentations at The York Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, and The Actors Studio. Mr. Rand's play "Consequences" was given a Staged Reading by the Nebraska Repertory Theatre at Edward Albee's First Great Plains Theatre Conference & his play “Just Drive” was given a Staged Reading at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference.

As a producer, he presented the U.S. premiere of Spain’s most controversial playwright, Inigo Ramirez de Haro’s most controversial play at La MaMa, a tribute to Harold Clurman and Robert Whitehead at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and at The Players Club in New York City: Ruby Dee, Irene O'Garden and Sandy Rochelle in "An Evening of Exceptional Poets," "An Evening with Vijay Tendulkar," "Vivien Leigh", "H.L. Mencken," "Cirque Jacqueline," Vinie Burrows as "Rose McClendon," "Jane Austen," and new plays by Dale Wasserman and Ty Jones.

Mr. Rand’s mentors include Stella Adler (over 5 years), Harold Clurman, Joseph Chaikin, Richard Schechner, Robert Lewis and Jerzy Grotowski Lewis.

Committed to the vision of his teachers, Harold Clurman and Stella Adler, he created this newspaper, THE SOUL OF THE AMERICAN ACTOR.

Janice E. BerlinerJANICE E. BERLINER - EAST COAST BUREAU CHIEF - Janice Berliner began her news broadcasting career at WNYU-FM New York where she graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor's of Arts in television, film and radio. She gained valuable experience producing and hosting music and news programs and interviewed Nobel Economic Science Winner Wassily Leontieff. After her education, Ms. Berliner worked in New York's Hudson Valley radio market anchoring and reporting the news for WSUL-FM Monticello, WGHQ-AM Kingston and WGNY-AM Newburgh. Ms. Berliner then made the move to Danbury, Connecticut and anchored and hosted talk shows at WLAD-AM. Among the many dignitaries that Ms. Berliner interviewed included: U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, former Senator Christopher Dodd, former Governors George Pataki and John Rowland and many other local politicians, educators, authors and entertainers. As a reporter for WLAD, Ms. Berliner was honored with numerous awards from the Associated Press and soon moved on to Hartford, the state capital where she anchored afternoon news at all-news station, WPOP-AM. She also hosted the Sunday public affairs program, "Here, Hear Greater Hartford and interviewed the mayor and other local officials. From 1990 to 1995, Ms. Berliner established the news department for WPUT-AM Brewster, NY as well as broadcast news and hosted two award-winning talk shows, "In the Spotlight" and "Putnam County Today." While working at WPUT, Ms. Berliner also anchored national business news for CNBC Business Radio from CNBC headquarters in Fort Lee, NJ. For four years, Ms. Berliner was a News Writer at the Voice of America where she wrote for seven world desks including Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada, East Asia Pacific, Middle East, South Asia, Latin America and Economics. Ms. Berliner anchored business news reports for one year for WTOP-AM/FM Radio Washington, DC and wrote for the Washington Business Journal website. For seven years, Ms. Berliner anchored and produced traffic reports for Total Traffic Network in Rockville, MD serving Clear Channel stations in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD markets. Ms. Berliner is a Personal Trainer/Group FitnessInstructor for Gold's Gym in Falls Church and Arlington, VA and President of "Get Fit with Janice" Productions.

SUE FEINBERG - ASSOCIATE EDITOR & CONTRIBUTING WRITER - with the Around the Town Productions: Founding Member, Writer and Producer; Associate Producer of "The Loft" Off-Off-Broadway; Guest Speaker: American & Australian Film Distribution; The School of Continuing Education, Melbourne, Australia; Bond University Queensland, Australia. Press-Publicity for: The Westside Repertory Company; "Fahrenheit 451," Wings Theatre; "Blood Dues," The Acting Studio; "The Sensualist," Arts Theatre; Neal Marshad Productions. A Contributing Writer for: Theatre Network News, Encore, Broadcast Magazine, NY Now, Here Magazine, Beau Gest Publishing, The Stage, The People, Plays and Players, The Mirror, Manhattan Mirror, The Australian Consolidated Press, Theatre/Opera Australasia, Cinefantastique, TV World, Time Out New York, Meridian's Lifestyle, Theatricalities, Theatre & Music Notes. 

Joanna RottéJOANNA ROTTÉ - CONTRIBUTING WRITER - is a director, actor, writer and teacher. Her books include Scene Change and Acting With Adler. Professor of Theatre in the graduate program of Villanova University in Pennsylvania, she specializes in Script Analysis. She recently appeared in Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats… at the Villanova Theatre. Ms. Rotté regularly directs for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, most recently a music adaptation of Prajna by the late Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and True West at Villanova University. Her Comments on Acting are available at: www.homepage.villanova.edu/joanna.rotte.

Doug BarronDOUG BARRON (Plaza desktop publishing) - DESIGN, LAYOUT & ADs: printed newspaper & online website and many of the advertisements which appear in both. Doug has specialized in work for the theatre for over 25 years designing graphics, desktop publishing, typesetting, websites and now photography since 1989, for various theatre and dance companies. Located in midtown at Manhattan Plaza, as Doug is also a professional actor.  It is this unique perspective that has given him a special understanding to the needs & budgets of the New York theatrical community.  Plaza is a recipient of a 1996 ART/NY Local Hero Award. www.PlazaDesktopPublishing.com and www.DougBarron.com.

 


"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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