“To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.”  
– Marlon Brando

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
– Helen Keller

“The theatre should be treated with respect. The theatre is a wonderful place, a house of strange enchantment, a temple of illusion.”
– Noel Coward

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

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
– T.S. Eliot

“Feel is if you are reborn each day and rediscover the world of nature which are joyfully a part.”
– Pablo Casals, at the age of 96

“The secret of all natural and human law is movement that meets with devotion”
– I Ching

“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:

“My favorite piece of music is the one we hear all the time if we are quiet.”
– John Cage

“In a moment of grace, we can grasp eternity in the palm of our hand. This is the gift given to creative individuals who can identify with the mysteries of life through art.”
– Marcel Marceau:

“Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”
– Ludwig van Beethoven

“Use your knowledge, and your heart, to stand up for those who can't stand, speak for those who can't speak, be a beacon of light.”
– Julie Andrews

“...Beneath the surface of an ordinary everyday normal casual conscious existence there lies a vast dynamic world of impulse and dream...”
– Robert Edmond Jones

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett

“Being an actor is a religious calling because you've been given the ability, the gift to inspire humanity.”
– Sandy Meisner

“Whenever you are reading beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.”
– Alice Walker

“The only reason to write is from love.”
– Stephen Sondheim

“To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.”
– Georgia O’Keefe

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
– Albert Schweitzer

“A word does not start as a word – it is an end product which begins as an impulse, stimulated by attitude and behavior which dictates the need for expression.”
– Peter Brook

“The power of art is the power of truth.”
– Julian Beck

“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”
– Langston Hughes

“Each of us have a gift given us freely by the universe. And each of us with every breath gives something back.”
– Kim Stanley

“All kinds of art serve to the greatest of the arts - the art of living on earth.”
– Bertolt Brecht

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
– James Madison

“You have to live spherically — in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm — and things will come your way.”
– Federico Fellini

“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change.”
– Michael Jackson

“Before you take a decision, consider its effect on the next seven generations.”
– Hopi proverb:

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”
– Oscar Wilde

“We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.”
– Chinua Achebe

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
– Lao Tzu

“Write if you will: but write about the world as it is and as you think it ought to be and must be—if there is to be a world.”
– Lorraine Hansberry

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
– Helen Keller

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr

“You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams.”
– Gene Kelly

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

“Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.”
– Mark Twain

“One must surrender entirely to the power of one’s artistic nature. It will do all the necessary things. Do not impose any solution upon yourself in advance.”
– Yevgeny Vakhtangov

“As an artist, I feel that we must try many things—but above all, we must dare to fail. You must have the courage to be willing to risk everything to really express it all.”
– John Cassavetes



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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

Acting Teachers of America

Oh Eagle, come with wings
Outspread in sunny skies.
Oh Eagle, come and bring us peace,
thy gentle peace.
Oh Eagle, come and give new life
to us who pray.
Remember the circle of the sky, the
stars, and the brown eagle.
the great life of the Sun,
the young within the nest,
Remember the sacredness of things.”
- Pawnee prayer

“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes
the whole world
around you
because the greatest secrets
are always are hidden
in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe
in magic
will never find it.”
- Roald Dahl

New Repertory Theatre in Boston

Now in its fourth decade, New Repertory Theatre, led by Artistic Director Jim Petosa, has established itself as one of the Boston area’s premiere theatre companies. Since 2005, New Repertory Theatre has been the professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, Massachusetts. Celebrated for electrifying, compelling, and poignant productions, the New Repertory Theatre plays reflect our world and community, and regularly explore ideas that have vital resonance in our lives, here and now.

Dessa Rose

Performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Repertory Theatre challenges the human spirit of both artists and their audience, presenting world premieres, contemporary and classic works in several intimate settings. Committed to education and outreach, innovative in-school programming and providing access to underserved audiences, New Repertory Theatre is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.

New Repertory Theatre’s productions have included Imagining “Madoff,” “The Whipping Man, “The Kite Runner,” “Cherry Docs,” “Opus,” “The Pillowman,” “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” “Topdog/Underdog,” “Quills,”“The King of Second Avenue, “Camelot,” “Amadeus,” “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” “Speed-the-Plow,” “According to Tip,” “The Clean House,” “Ragtime,” “Into the Woods,” “The Threepenny Opera,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “Waiting for Godot.


Since 1984, New Repertory Theatre has produced over seventy East Coast, New England, Boston, or world premieres, including works by Robert Brustein, Ronan Noone, Zayd Dohrn, Walt McGough, Deb Margolin, Matthew Lopez, Theresa Rebeck, Sarah Ruhl, Thomas Gibbons, Athol Fugard, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Weller, Dael Orlandersmith, J.T. Rogers, Joyce Van Dyke, Doug Wright, and Steve Yockey.

Snow Queen

Their 2015-2016 season includes “Broken Glass,” “A Number,” “The Snow Queen,” “Via Dolorosa,” “The Testament of Mary,” “Blackberry Winter,” “Freud’s Last Session,” and “Baltimore.”

New Repertory Theatre has created educational programs to enrich and foster the spirit of creativity in students, including New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company touring with productions throughout Massachusetts, with a special emphasis on bringing underserved communities affordable, or even free, performances. Annually, Classic Repertory Company reaches over 14,000 students. The 2016-2016 Company includes Laura Detwiler, Michael Kelley, Lily Linke, Cory Missildine, Alexander Rankine, Kai Tshikosi, and Grace Kennedy Woodford.

Through ‘Page to Stage, New Repertory Theatre invites theatre enthusiasts to go beyond the insider experiences by exploring a play and all its components as it evolves from page to stage. With professional theatre artists, participants delve into storytelling, play context, creation of the design world (scenic, costume, sound, light), actors’ interpretation of dialogue, and audience criticism.

Their ‘Insider Experiences,’ program, New Repertory Theatre invites theatergoers to catch special glimpses into the inner workings of professional theatre. The series allows insiders to explore various aspects of theatre including First Rehearsals, Sneak Peeks, and Inside the Play events. The New Repertory Theatre also offers ‘Spotlight Symposium Series,’ a ‘Weekday Matinee Series’ providing affordable professional theatre to schools and seniors through discounted tickets to specially-scheduled matinee performances.

Pattern of Life

New Repertory Theatre’s ‘summerSTAGE2’ three-week intensive summer program affords students entering grades 8-12, hands-on opportunities to with professional theatre artists on acting, dance, movement, voice, and speech.

Artistic Director Jim Petosa joined New Repertory Theatre as its artistic director in 2012. He had served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University; and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company. While he was at Boston University, Mr. Petosa established the Boston Center for American Performance, the professional production extension of the Boston University School of Theatre.

New Repertory Theatre is a core member in the National New Play Network, an alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays for the American theatre. New Repertory Theatre has been awarded many Boston area theatre awards including 24 Elliot Norton Awards and 55 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards.

The King of Second Avenue

For info: New Repertory Theatre at The Arsenal Center for the Arts 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA (617) 923-8487, www.newrep.org

"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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