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“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

Ronald Rand in Let It Be Art


Essays

Ingredients Of A Creative Life: Sketches Summer 2017

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook

The Laboratory Instinct

All People Are Famous: Instead of an Autobiography

“CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

Films That Make a Difference

Witness to Spirit: My Life with Cowboys, Mozart & Indians

My Life and Art

A Healing Art: How Eurythmy Lives in the World

Dramatic Circumstances: On Acting, Singing, and Living Inside the Stories We Tell: Teaching Through the Lens of Neuroscience

Chasing Light: Notes on Creativity

Changing Ourselves to Change Society

An Excerpt from DAH Theatre: A Sourcebook

I Can Resist Everything Except Тheater: the Work and Role of The Macedonian Centre — International Theatre Institute

Real Life Drama

 

 

 

Hirschfeld

“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

“CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

Over the past twenty years I have been blessed to share hundreds of interviews about the creative process through this newspaper, hoping to illuminate the human condition and the task the creative artist sets for themselves because they must create to live.

Because I have worked in the theatre my whole life and still do, many of the interviews come from that art. Yet, I have included many artists from several other art forms and disciplines, because we are all one community of creativity enlightening existence.
It was towards the end of Harold Clurman’s life that he wrote these words: “The fact is we still do not know what theatre is, how it comes into being, what it is meant to accomplish and consequently how it is to be generated.”

"Across the Ages" Acrylic painting by Ronald Rand

And this he said, even after he had spent more than 60 years of his existence not only co-founding one of the great ensemble theatre companies, and all of the other enormous creativity he did in the theater, and in life.

Stanislavsky is also noted saying, in relation to creating in the theater: “I’ve come to the conclusion that I know nothing about it.” Which mystified Clurman until he came to the conclusion that perhaps it meant, that no matter how attempts you make to seize the essence of an art, it always remains mysterious.

It’s probably why I set the task for myself to compile over 130 interviews from a wide variety of creative artists into a new book: “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live” which was recently published by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing.

 

Because I wanted the book to be an explosion of creativity itself, there are over 150 artworks by the artists themselves within its pages — magnificently assembled, designed and published by the very talented publisher, Nancy Cleary.

I am delighted to share with you the introduction to the book.

"The Luthier" oil painting by Martha Carpenter,
found in "CREATE!"

 

A bird sings
for many reasons
as do we.
The arc of a rainbow,
A morning’s mist stillness,
A portrait upon a canvas,
The anticipation of an audience
in darkness waiting for something
to exist that has never existed before
and will never exist in the same way again.
A leap of faith through space defying gravity.
A note that’s played or a song that haunts the heart.
A play, a poem, a story, a film that lives within the soul forever.
An idea that reminds us how much more life truly matters
when we love one another.
These are just a few of the life-lessons within the pages of “CREATE!”.

"Rose Memory" Photograph by Ronald Rand

Each artist – a window revealing to us a way to see ourselves – into the richness of creativity. Their passion, their unique talent, their drive to keep creating while overcoming almost impossible odds. Their journey may have begun one way and then shifted, or remained as constant as the North Star – always finding a way to keep creating. `

As a performing artist, it’s how I choose to create. For over fifteen years, I’ve been traveling around the world to over twenty countries and across America, transforming myself into Harold Clurman through my solo play. During a two-hour process in my dressing room, Clurman comes, and then I’m able to share his passion for living life to its fullest. Once he arrives in his apartment on stage, he reveals to the audience how our very existence depends upon creating a more humane world.

Ronald Rand oil portrait by Martha Carpenter, found in "CREATE!"

We’re all linked to one another on this planet. We may speak different languages but our humanity is what binds us – our creativity. We each have the potential to inspire one another. Creating’s a way towards self-expression, a way to make a living, or to be in service to others or to a higher power. It can heal, soothe, entertain, reveal a world, or lift the soul.

Throughout my new book, “CREATE!” you’ll discover artists’ words laid out in an interview format. You’ll also find original art created by many of them – and accompanying each interview is either their photo, a painting or a drawing or an artistic creation they themselves have created, or by another artist. There may also be a photo that they’ve taken that’s inspiring to them.

You’ll discover you can open to any page and have the opportunity to ask yourself: “Who’s going to inspire me today?”

Self-portrait by Tim Stevenson, found in "CREATE!"

We’re indeed blessed by these “worlds of creativity” that exist on our planet — filling each of us with wonder, beauty, illumination, and love. •

2017 Excerpts from Ronald Rand’s Introduction to “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live.” Reprinted with the permission of the author. Visit: www.CreateTheBook.com, available at amazon.com,  barnesandnoble.com, The Drama Book Shop-NYC, Cold Water Books-Tuscumbia, Al. 

 RONALD RAND Goodwill Cultural Ambassador, International Performing Artist and Fulbright Specialist, Mr. Rand is the author of "CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live," and the best-selling “Acting Teachers of America.” He is the Founder & Publisher of “The Soul of the American Actor” Newspaper, celebrating its 20th year anniversary. In his 18th year, Mr. Rand continues performing his solo play, “LET IT BE ART!” bringing to life Harold Clurman, the "elder Statesman of the American Theater." His solo play has received two critically acclaimed runs Off-Broadway, and standing ovations at theaters, festivals and universities in 23 countries including London, Paris, Athens, Kathmandu, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, New Delhi, Harare, Tangier, Paysundu, Kuala Lumpur, Kolkata, Cayman Islands, Sarajevo, and in 20 US states. He represented the US at the 8th Theatre Olympics in India, performing in his solo play. Mr. Rand appeared at BAM in “Julius Caesar,” as Hamm in “Endgame” directed by Joseph Chaikin, as Polonius in “Hamlet,” the Stage Manager in “Our Town” and as Captain Keller in “Miracle Worker” at the Greensboro Arts Alliance Summer Stock Theatre in Vermont. An internationally renowned director, his award-winning production of “LUV” continues into its 5th sold-out year at Sarajevo’s Chamber Theatre 55 with Zana Marjanovic. He wrote the libretto for the new opera, “IBSEN, and has taught his master acting workshop, “Art of Transformation,” at over 75 festivals, universities, and schools around the world. www.CreatetheBook.com, www.LetItBeArt.com, www.SoulAmericanActor.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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