Penny Templeton Studio Acting Lions

“You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.”
– Richard Bach

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
– Wilma Rudolph

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
– William Faulkner

“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
– Ernest Hemingway


Frantic Assembly

Mark Taper Forum at LA’s Centre Theatre Group 50th Anniversary

MCC Theatre

St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn

The Everyman Theatre

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

1st Stage Theater

59 E 59 Theater

Young Vic of London

Theatre Huntsville

Dance Place in Washington, D.C.

Alabama School of Fine Arts 50th Year Celebration

Rennie Harris at Baltimore Center Stage

Ronald Rand’s new book “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

What is FAFA? The Florence Academy of Fine Arts in Alabama

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

Alabama Music Hall Of Fame

Historic Zodiac Playhouse — The “Z” in Florence, Alabama

Shoals Symphony Orchestra at UNA

“Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch” – Edwardian Period Style Salon

Young Vic of London

The Young Vic is located on the Cut located near the South Bank, in the London Borough of Lambeth. Since 2000, David Lad has been the theater’s artistic director. Young Vic’s mission continues to be to produce the best possible productions for London’s theatre goers.

After World War II, a Young Vic Company was formed in the 1940’s by director George Devine as a replica of the Old Vic Theatre School. Its vision was to present productions for audiences between the ages of nine and fifteen. This endeavor was discontinued in 1948 when Devine and his faculty resigned from the Old Vic. In 1969, Frank Dunlop became the new director of The Young Vic and presented it free adaptation of Moliere’s “The Cheats of Scapin.” This performance was presented in 1970 at a new venue as a National Theatre production with Jim Dale.

“Yerma” with Charlotte Randle

Many well-known actors have worked at the theater including Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Timothy Dalton, Robert Lindsay, Willard White, John Malkovich, Ian Charleston, and Michael Sheen.

The theatre has received several awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for Achievement as an Affiliate Theatre, and the Critics’ Circle Peter Hepple Award for “The Scottsboro Boys” Its productions  have included “The Events,” “An Actors Touring Company,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “Golem” and “A View from the Bridge.”

“Life of Galileo” with Brendan Cowell

The Young Vic was also one of the launch theatres for Digital Theatre, a project that makes theatre productions available in video download form. The first performance that was filmed was Kafka’s “Monkey and the Container.”

The Young Vic sponsors a unique program entitled the “Director’s Program.”  This program provides proactive support for directors at the early stages of their career to assist directors in developing projects for their craft. The program provides, among other things, paid assistant directing roles through the Jerwood Assistant Director Program and Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Program on theatre productions.

Gbolahan Obisesan and Ronke Adekoleujo in “The Mountaintop”

The theatre’s productions for their 2017 season includes: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “See Me Now,” ” The Bear” and “The Proposal,” and “Yellowman.” “Wings,” “The Jungle,” “The Brother’s Size,” “The Inheritance,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” “The Suppliant Woman,” “How to Win Against History,” “Winter,” and “Fun Home.”  For info: Young Vic 66The Cut, Waterloo, London, (020) 7922-2922,

"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

The Soul of the American Actor Newspaper