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A Word On Directing

If you’ve read any of my books you know I place a lot of emphasis on technique. However, in class I approach the craft differently. In class I talk to the actors in result oriented terms. Why? Because on the … Continue reading

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SO, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

The other night, leaving class, walking to the subway, one of my assistants asked me what was the hardest thing for actors to “get.” She had barely finished her question when I blurted out, “Getting actors to think in character … Continue reading

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“WE NEED YOU MORE THAN YOU NEED US!”

These words changed the entire perspective of my acting career. Here’s the set up: It’s 1978 (yeah, I know a century ago) and I’m a young actor in New York City. Like every other actor in the city I’m hustling, … Continue reading

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Of Thee I Sing…Baby

Last week I saw a concert version of the old Kaufman/Ryskind musical Of Thee I Sing at Carnegie Hall. (Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.) The concert version was directed by Tommy Krasker and starred (among many, many … Continue reading

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Director proof. Do over.

Heard from various sources that, for some reason, only a few people got the following post. So, if you didn’t get it, here it is. And if you did get it…well, here it is again. In a recent interview I … Continue reading

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Director Proof

In a recent interview I was asked if the technique I use in my classes made actors director proof. First of all I think there are a lot of really good directors working in the film and TV industry now. … Continue reading

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How Does Riding A Segway in Salzburg Relate To Acting?

Several years ago I read an article about Dean Kamen, the gentleman who invented the Segway. I remember thinking at the time what a cool invention it was and how great it would be to ride one. It took me … Continue reading

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