INTERVIEWS with ARTISTS

BRIAN COX

NICOLE ANSARI

DAVID SHINER

DAVID GREENSPAN

BILL D'ELIA

FYVUSH FINKEL

LYLE KESSLER

JENNIFER FOUCHÉ

SHELDON EPPS

MYRIAM CYR

JIM SEALES

ROBERT STAFFANSON

IAN FINKEL

WILLIAM S. YELLOWROBE, JR.

EDDIE MARTIN

PETER JENSEN

TIM STEVENSON

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Ronald Rand in Let It Be Art


Articles

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance - London’s International Drama School

Washington, D.C.'s Studio Theatre

San Francisco Ballet

Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch - Edwardian Period Style Salon Workshop

Keegan Theatre

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Celebrates its 39th Anniversary

MetroStage Theatre

Swine Palace Theatre

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Ontological-Hysteric Theatre

Amelia Community Theatre

Discovering Lunt & Fontanne

Harlem Repertory Theatre

Santa Fe Playhouse

Opera Colorado

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Coatlicue Theater Company

London's Finborough Theatre

New Repertory Theatre in Boston

The Work of Yat Malmgren: Christopher Fettes’ New Book “A Peopled Labyrinth”

Terry Knickerbocker Studio in New York City

Hirschfeld

 When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it, don't back down and don't give up – then you're going to mystify a lot of folks.”
- Bob Dylan

“A frequent change of role, and of the lighter sort – especially such as one does not like forcing one's self to use the very utmost of his ability in the performance of – is the training requisite for a mastery of the actor’s art.”
- Edwin Booth

“But Nature cast me for the part she found me best fitted for, and I have had to play it, and must play it till the curtain falls.”
- Edwin Booth

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
- Eleanora Duse

"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor."
- Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Cultivate an ever continuous power of observation. Above all things, see the sunlight and everything that is to be seen.” – John Singer Sargent

“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music is some living form will accompany and sustain it.” – Aaron Copland

“The poem, the song, the picture, is only water drawn from the well of the people, and it should be given back to them in a cup of beauty so that they may drink - and in drinking understand themselves.” – Federico García Lorca

“Art is a ripening, an evolution, an uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light.” – Jerzy Grotowski

“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.” – Danny Thomas

“Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and  responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment.” – Sidney Poitier

“Art became the first teacher of nations.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Amelia Community Theatre Celebrating 35th Anniversary

The award-winning Amelia Community Theatre founded in 1981, in the heart of the historic district of Fernandina Beach, Florida is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Under the inspired leadership of Executive Director Linda McClane, Amelia Community Theatre presents six main stage plays a year, and also offer an ongoing teen troupe, called ACTeen, and the Peppermint Players. It has always been the mission of the theatre is to produce high quality theater, provide outreach into the local schools, and artistic and educational activities for all ages so the quality of life is enriched for those who live in the community and those who visit Fernandina Beach.



Their current season includes William Inge’s “Picnic,” “Mary Poppins,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and “These Two Couples Went to Italy.” In their Studio 209 theater space, they will offer “Awkward Silence,” “Becky’s New Car,” and “Love, Death and the Prom.” During the holiday season, Amelia Community Theatre celebrates the holidays with the classic show, “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Ms. McClane became involved when the theater was founded in 1981 by Ed and Ellen Green. She and her husband, John, joined as charter members and worked with about eighty others in the community to help the theatre become what it is today.

Aladdin

When I spoke with Ms. McClane, I asked: What’s been most satisfying to you in terms of the community's response to your shows and workshops?   

Grease

She replied: “The most satisfying aspect is when an audience member seeks me out to say how much a show or workshop meant to them.  For example, a woman came up to me after seeing Dixie Swim Club and said she hadn't laughed since her husband died, and she sure enjoyed laughing all through the play.”

I continued asking Ms. McClane: Your shows have been playing to capacity. Is this reflection of how dedicated your board, the directors and casts are to the theatre?   

Drama Camp 2015

“We do have really dedicated volunteers who put in enormous amounts of time to ensure that we have a good quality production.  We always try to find a balance that lets us strive for as professional a show as we can make it, while still being open to involving new people who want education and training.”

My final question: What keeps you believing in how theatre can be meaningful in your life and add to the lives of those involved with Amelia Community Theatre and your audiences?  

The Fox on the Fairway

She answered: “When I see a new volunteer, whether an onstage actor or backstage crew member really be bitten by the theatre bug and wants to immediately get involved in the very next production, I know we’re doing something meaningful and enriching their lives. I have seen people turn to theatre to deal with loneliness or grief, and have it literally save their lives.”

Drama Camp 2015

Amelia Community Theatre also presents events including the Decorated “Festival of Trees” in the lobby of the Main Stage theatre. The ACT Guild, created over ten years ago, helps raise money for the theater, aiding, supporting the theatre’s activities.

Picnic

Recent productions included: “The Love List,” “Yankee Tavern,” “Fruitcakes,” “Noises Off,” “Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music,” “The Good Body,” “The Foreigner,” “Once on this Island,” “Hair,” “Grease,” “Inherit the Wind,” and “Bingo! The Winning Musical,” among many others. For info: Amelia Community Theatre 207/209 Cedar St. Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 261-6749, www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org, actheatre@att.net



"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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