actor v. director

“I met a Russian actress once who said, ‘The job of the actor is to direct the role.’ I found this simple trope profound and revolutionary.  In our present theatre environment, too many actors expect the directors to direct their roles and too many directors assume that their job is to direct an actor’s role. … More actor v. director

Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense

Posted by Matthew in for us Photo by Sophia. I’ve been having an insightful shuffle through Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People. Mihaly is a seminal professor of Psychology and Management, and is the Founding Co-Director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont. He writes: “I have devoted … More Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense

Costume Renderings: Mistakes, Mishaps, Failures, and Flubs – Part 3

Chalk Pastel on Fabric Rendering This was actually from my undergrad final art project. I was allowed to pick a project and I chose to design a single show two different ways and in two different styles. So, trying to be super creative and artistic (this was for the art department; not the theatre department) … More Costume Renderings: Mistakes, Mishaps, Failures, and Flubs – Part 3

Acting 1

I haven’t spoken about my classes this trimester and today, I really want to tell you about my Acting 1 class this year. Right at this moment we are in the Lab and my 26 students are huddled over keyboards typing away, talking and sometimes jumping up to act out something they are talking about.  … More Acting 1


Sometimes it’s just the little moments away from the stage that one appreciates the most. I’m remembering a time when I was an Actor/Techie.  Rehearsals and builds were always fun in their own way, but it was the time away in which we really bonded.  In high school we’d head to dinner after rehearsal or … More Bonding