The Working Actor's Journey

Nathan Agin

Hear from amazing teachers, role models, and mentors about their lifelong careers: where they've been, how they do it, and what they've learned. See exactly how they approach the work, what decisions and resources have made the biggest impacts on their artistic lives, and to hear their struggles and successes in the business.

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This is the final section of the play right to the end. As Bassanio, Gratiano, and Antonio all return home after the trial with Shylock, Portia and Nerissa decide to play one final trick on their partners. And it’s important to remember this is actually the first time Antonio—who is such close friends with Bassanio—meets Portia (as herself, not the disguised lawyer). DIRECTOR: Brendon Fox DRAMATURG: Philippa Kelly BASSANIO: Marcelo Tubert PORTIA: Amber Scales NERISSA: Aubrey Saverino ANTONIO: Ross Hellwig GRATIANO: Sara Mountjoy-Pepka Fantastic work in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice from May 2021. After only a few weeks of work, the cast and director continue to work on and discuss the process. Part of The Rehearsal Room series. Prefer to watch the session? Find it here on YouTube! -- Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Nov 2

1 hr 50 min

A fantastic scene workshop from Shakespeare's As You Like It from April 2021. After only a few weeks of work, the cast and director continue to work on and discuss the process. Part of The Rehearsal Room series. In this scene, we first meet Rosalind and Celia, and have only recently learned that Rosalind’s father has been banished by Celia’s father, the Duke. The two women attempt to dissuade Orlando from wrestling Charles, and Rosalind and Orlando are visibly affected by each other. DIRECTOR: Geoffrey Wade (also covering for Duke) DRAMATURG: Gideon Rappaport ROSALIND: Janet Greaves ORLANDO: Jamal Douglas CELIA: Whitney Wakimoto LE BEAU: Madeleine Person DUKE FREDERICK: Danny Fulkerson Prefer to watch the session? Find it here on YouTube! -- Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Oct 19

1 hr 31 min

A fantastic scene workshop from Shakespeare's King John from February 2021. After only a few weeks of work, the cast and director continue to work on and discuss the process. Part of The Rehearsal Room series. This is the very opening of the play—where we learn of the conflict over the throne between England and France, and then there is a dispute between two brothers brought before the King. One of the brothers (the Bastard) resembles King John’s older brother Richard and that young man is given a choice. DIRECTOR: Gigi Bermingham DRAMATURG: Gideon Rappaport KING JOHN: Marcelo Tubert QUEEN ELINOR: Madeleine Person BASTARD: Ross Hellwig CHATILLON/ROBERT: Corinna Christman Prefer to watch the session? Find it here on YouTube! -- Click here to register for our new workshop - Acting the Role: LADY MACBETH with Susan Angelo - begins October 11th! Spots for actors and audience, though space is limited. -- Get your FREE copy of 10 Ways to Stop Worrying and START WORKING! See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Sep 21

1 hr 30 min

A fantastic scene workshop from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar from February 2021. After only a few weeks of work, the cast and director continue to work on and discuss the process. Part of The Rehearsal Room series. DIRECTOR: Geoffrey Wade DRAMATURG: Gideon Rappaport BRUTUS: Peter Van Norden CASSIUS: Elizabeth Dennehy CASCA: Howard Leder Prefer to watch the session? Find it here on YouTube! -- Click here to grab an audience spot for our upcoming CHEKHOV session in The Rehearsal Room with director Libby Appel - begins September 13th! -- Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Sep 7

1 hr 42 min

A fantastic workshop of two scenes from Shakespeare's As You Like It. Enjoy the scene after only a few weeks of work and then the cast and director discuss the process! DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Swain ROSALIND: Aubrey Saverino CELIA: Meaghan Boeing Prefer to watch the session? Find it here on YouTube! -- Click here to grab an audience spot for our upcoming CHEKHOV session in The Rehearsal Room with director Libby Appel! -- Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Aug 24

1 hr 10 min

A fantastic workshop of the lover's quarrel from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Enjoy the scene after a month of work and then the cast, director, and dramaturg discuss the process! DIRECTOR: James Newcomb DRAMATURG: Gideon Rappaport HELENA: Anne Gee Byrd HERMIA: Maggi Veltre DEMETRIUS: Michael Kirby LYSANDER: Garrett Botts Prefer to watch the session? Find it here on YouTube! -- Click here to grab an audience spot for our upcoming CHEKHOV session in The Rehearsal Room with director Libby Appel! -- Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Aug 10

57 min 35 sec

A fantastic workshop of two scenes from Shakespeare's King Lear, featuring Tony Amendola as Lear (he played the part @ Utah Shakes) and Elizabeth Dennehy (yup, Brian's daughter!) as Goneril in Act 1, scene 4 (Lear curses) and Act 2, scene 4 (Lear is broken down). Director: Geoffrey Wade Dramaturg: Gideon Rappaport Lear: Tony Amendola Goneril: Elizabeth Dennehy Regan: Maggi Veltre Prefer to watch the session? Find it here on YouTube! -- Click here to grab an audience spot for our upcoming CHEKHOV session with director Libby Appel! -- Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Jul 27

1 hr 15 min

It's our very first workshop presentation—from June 2020, featuring Tony Amendola as Richard and Anne Gee Byrd as Margaret in Act 1, scene 1 ("Now is the winter...") and Act 4, scene 4 (curses everywhere)! This is where our virtual workshops all began, and the work is still fantastic. Don't miss it and our wonderful additional artists: Directors: Geoffrey Wade and Gigi Bermingham Dramaturg: Gideon Rappaport Clarence: Geoffrey Wade Brackenbury: Russell Clements Duchess: Kandace Crystal Elizabeth: Ashley Engelman Prefer to watch the session? Find it here on YouTube!   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Jul 13

1 hr 35 min

Today I'm excited to share a "vocal clinic" we did as part of The Rehearsal Room with certified Fitzmaurice Voicework teacher, Scott Ferrara! This is something very new to me, so I was excited to learn directly from a teacher, and as you hear, this work can be very different (and still quite beneficial) to the "traditional" voice warm-ups you may know. There are also many personal applications to this voicework beyond acting—something you can carry into many areas of your life!   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Jun 8

1 hr 8 min

We have another special episode today from the vault of scene presentations! From our October 2020 workshop, it's the final evening of "Will you walk in, my lord?" from Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida. And if you enjoy this, know that registration is now OPEN for our next workshop series in April 2021! Plus, save 20% with our Early BARD discount through Sunday, March 21st. Learn more and join The Rehearsal Room now! Troilus and Cressida - Act 3, Scene 2 DIRECTOR: James Newcomb DRAMATURG: Gideon Rappaport TROILUS: Ross Hellwig CRESSIDA: Sapna Kumar PANDARUS: Marcelo Tubert   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Mar 16

57 min 45 sec

Today we have a great discussion with another often overlooked role in the theatre: the voice coach! Similar to a dramaturg, one of the primary roles of this coach and teacher is to help make the text clear—that means both in how you deliver the words and also taking care of your instrument! Ursula Meyer is currently the head of graduate acting at UCSD. She has had the privilege of studying voice with Cicily Berry, Patsy Rodenburg, Andrew Wade, Arthur Lessac and is a designated Linklater teacher. She graduated with distinction from the Advanced Voice Studies Program at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London under David Carey.   Get your FREE ticket to our final scene presentations Featuring professional actors, directors, and coaches! February 8-12 - reserve your ticket now! Monday: A Midsummer Night's Dream Wednesday: Julius Caesar Thursday: King John Friday: As You Like It   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Feb 2

54 min 25 sec

Today I answer many of your questions about The Working Actor's Shakespeare virtual workshops; our next round happens Jan 18 - Feb 12, 2021, so this is the FINAL WEEK to register! I'll cover what to know, including experience, schedule, unlimited pass, union status, scholarships, and more! Grab your spot now » https://workingactorsjourney.com/virtual-workshops Deadline for ACTORS to register is TODAY, January 12th at 11:59 pm PST. There are only 3 spots left, with Mondays sold out! Everything else (coaching, audience, drop-in) closes on Sunday, January 17th at 11:59 pm PST. Learn more and join The Working Actor's Shakespeare now!   And even more: Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Jan 12

19 min

Please enjoy this special episode from our vault! From August 2020, we're releasing the final workshop presentation of "Clarence's Dream and Murder" from Richard III. We're doing this for a couple reasons: 1) it's such fantastic work and I'm sure you'll learn something, and 2) registration is now OPEN for our next workshop in January 2021! Learn more and join The Working Actor's Shakespeare now! Richard III - Act 1, Scene 4 DIRECTOR: Geoffrey Wade DRAMATURG: Gideon Rappaport CLARENCE: Peter Van Norden 1ST MURDERER: Aubrey Saverino 2ND MURDERER: Daniel Cordova   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Dec 2020

1 hr 2 min

BEN WHITEHAIR RETURNS for a great discussion! I am thrilled to welcome Ben back to the show—we did this Q&A as part of the October virtual workshops. We chat about the pandemic, social media trends, SAG-AFTRA, and more! Ben (@benwhitehair, who appeared on ep. 11) is the co-founder of Working.Actor, co-founder of The Social Media Advantage (TSMA), and Chair of the SAG-AFTRA NextGen Performers Committee. As you’ll hear, Ben is BUSY, so I’m deeply grateful he found some time to squeeze this chat between all his other virtual meetings, self-tapes, and work!   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Dec 2020

36 min 12 sec

Today we have a great discussion with an often overlooked role in the theatre: the dramaturg! And if you're wondering exactly what that person does, you're in the right place! Gideon Rappaport is San Diego’s premiere Shakespearean dramaturg and is the author of the forthcoming book A Shakespeare Companion for Students. For the October workshops, he's collaborating with the casts on two scenes, from Troilus and Cressida and King Lear.   Purchase tickets to the final scene presentations Only $5 for each evening! Tuesday, October 27th @ 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET: Tickets for TROILUS AND CRESSIDA Wednesday, October 28th @ 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET: Tickets for KING LEAR     Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Oct 2020

48 min 48 sec

We're doing the virtual Shakespeare workshops again in October! Plus, hear an excerpt from the rehearsals of Richard III! The future of Shakespeare scene study is here: we’re running a 4-week accelerated online workshop with professional actors and directors from theatre, TV, and film! Join the ONLY Shakespeare Scene Study where professionals and lifelong veterans of the industry are your scene partners! Be an actor in the scenes OR sit in on everything! All through Zoom. There’s early bird pricing now through September 25th and we’ve added SO MUCH more to this round! Learn more about the workshops!   Get Anna's self-tape course "What's My Frame?" for 20% off with code WAJ at checkout: workingactorsjourney.com/whatsmyframe Get a FREE Shakespeare monologue consult with coach Aubrey Saverino—just mention the WAJ podcast: aubreysaverino.com/private-coaching     Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Sep 2020

10 min 25 sec

What if your scene partner were a professional actor? How might that up your game and what might you learn from someone who has been working for decades? Now you can make that happen! We’re opening up registration on Wednesday, July 22nd at 12 pm Pacific Time for a series of virtual Shakespeare Workshops to happen in August 2020. Learn more about the workshops! Our roster of professional actors include guests from the show Robert Pine, Tony Amendola, Anne Gee Byrd, and Peter Van Norden, along with other industry veterans James Newcomb, Elizabeth Dennehy, and Marcelo Tubert. https://workingactorsjourney.com/virtual-workshops   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Jul 2020

3 min 27 sec

You're invited to sit in on a NEW online event happening LIVE on Thursday, June 18th: we’re doing an open workshop of Shakespeare’s Richard III, bringing together both veteran and rookie actors! There's limited space, so register for the workshop today: workingactorsjourney.com/virtualworkshop First up are a couple of scenes from Shakespeare's Richard III with Tony Amendola (Utah Shakespeare, Berkeley Rep) as Richard, Marcelo Tubert as Clarence, and Anne Gee Byrd as Queen Margaret. We'll also be joined by a trio of younger actors (playing Brackenbury, Elizabeth, and the Duchess), along with dramaturg and teacher Gideon Rappaport! Now two important things to note: The workshop will *NOT* be recorded or replayed—you must be there live! A portion of the proceeds will go to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Get your tickets now! workingactorsjourney.com/virtualworkshop   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Jun 2020

3 min 44 sec

Today you’ll hear the FULL production from our recent LIVESTREAM reading of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (more info and watch the show here). It’s an all-star cast of past guests from the podcast, including Harry Groener, Dawn Didawick, Peter Van Norden, Anne Gee Byrd, Tony Amendola and many more! For this "Merry Wives" episode, you’ll hear our introduction to the play, a great section from our dramaturg Gideon Rappaport, and then the full show, including both our intermission and post-show discussions!   The Merry Wives of Windsor Cast: SIR JOHN FALSTAFF (a rogue with no money but many plans) - Peter Van Norden MASTER FORD (gentleman of Windsor) - Harry Groener MISTRESS FORD (Ford's wife) - Dawn Didawick MASTER PAGE (wealthy gentleman) - Tony Amendola MISTRESS PAGE (Page's wife) - Anne Gee Byrd DR. CAIUS (French physician) / NYM (Falstaff's follower) - Geoffrey Wade MISTRESS QUICKLY (Dr. Caius' housekeeper) - Amelia White SIR HUGH EVANS (Welsh parson and schoolmaster) - Marcelo Tubert FENTON (a young gentleman) - Ross Hellwig HOST OF THE GARTER INN (Innkeeper) - Robert Pine ROBERT SHALLOW (Justice of the Peace) - Alan Mandell ABRAHAM SLENDER (Shallow's rich nephew) / WILLIAM (Page's son) - Rob Crisell PISTOL (Falstaff's follower) - Aubrey Saverino SIMPLE (Slender's servant) / ROBIN (Falstaff's servant) - Susan Benninghoff BARDOLPH (Falstaff's follower) / RUGBY (Caius' servant) /1ST SERVANT (Ford's) / SWING - Kevin Manley ANNE (Page's daughter) /2ND SERVANT (Ford's) /SWING - Ashley Engelman   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

May 2020

3 hr 21 min

Things went very well with our first reading, so welcome to the "Much Ado About Something" series, as we all do our part to fight this pandemic and stay entertained at the same time. Next up is our online reading of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor with an all-star cast of past guests from this podcast. This is a wonderfully underrated comedy, with lots of great characters! The broadcast will be May 14th at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern, and yes, you can WATCH all of this too. Head over here to get all the details and to set a reminder for when we go live! Now once again, we have an incredible cast, all with very deep theatre backgrounds, including 3x Tony Nominee and 3x Ovation winner Harry Groener as Master Ford, Dawn Didawick (Harry’s real-life wife) as Mistress Ford, Peter Van Norden as Sir John Falstaff, Tony Amendola as Master Page, and Anne Gee Byrd as Mistress Page, with Geoffrey Wade, Alan Mandell, and Robert Pine returning, and we have new additions to the show with Amelia White and Marcelo Tubert, plus a number of other great actors! More info: https://workingactorsjourney.com/merrywives/   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

May 2020

2 min 27 sec

Today you’ll hear some excerpted scenes from our recent LIVESTREAM reading of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (more info and watch the show here). It’s an all-star cast of past guests from the podcast, including Dakin Matthews, Robert Pine, Geoffrey Wade, Anne Gee Byrd, Alan Mandell and many more! And if you enjoy this, we're doing another LIVE reading you can WATCH on May 14th at 3 pm PT - our next show is Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor with past guests Harry Groener, Dawn Didawick, Peter Van Norden and lots more! More info on the upcoming "Merry Wives" show: https://workingactorsjourney.com/merrywives   Much Ado About Nothing Cast: LEONATO (governor of Messina): Dakin Matthews ANTONIO (Leonato's brother): Alan Mandell BEATRICE (Leonato's orphaned niece): Gigi Bermingham HERO (Leonato's daughter)/SEXTON (town clerk): Aubrey Saverino DON PEDRO (Prince of Aragon): Peter Van Norden BENEDICK (a soldier): Geoffrey Wade CLAUDIO (a young Count): Ross Hellwig DON JOHN (illegitimate brother of Don Pedro): Tony Amendola  BORACHIO (Don John's follower): Ray Porter FRIAR FRANCIS/BALTHASAR (attendant of Don Pedro): Armin Shimerman MARGARET (Hero's waiting woman)/CONRADE (Don John's follower): Jeanne Sakata DOGBERRY (the Constable): Robert Pine URSULA (Hero's waiting woman)/VERGES (Dogberry's partner): Anne Gee Byrd MESSENGER/1ST WATCH/SWING - Rob Crisell 2ND WATCH/SWING - Susan Benninghoff   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Apr 2020

1 hr 32 min

In these times of much ado about SOMETHING, you're invited to an online Shakespeare reading of Much Ado About Nothing with an all-star cast of past podcast guests! The broadcast will be April 2nd at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern, and yes, you can WATCH all of this too. Head over here to get all the details and to set a reminder for when we go live! We have an incredible cast, all with very deep theatre backgrounds and many of whom have spent their lives working on Shakespeare—including our past guests Dakin Matthews, Armin Shimerman, Ray Porter, Peter Van Norden, Robert Pine, Alan Mandell, Anne Gee Byrd, Gigi Bermingham, Geoffrey Wade, Tony Amendola, and Jeanne Sakata!  More info: https://workingactorsjourney.com/muchado/   Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Mar 2020

2 min 54 sec

In this episode, Randall and Annie share insights into working on Shakespeare through the appropriately chosen piece, Hamlet’s "Advice to the Players"—the one that begins “Speak the speech I pray you”.  You'll hear Randall and Annie discuss: Some of the most important advice that actors can take from Hamlet’s words How an actor can use and develop his or her own “discretion” How to look at Shakespeare’s First Folio, and how to play with it to find all the clues   Plus we chat about why “updated” productions of Shakespeare can make the audience feel distant, and instead, how to make it exciting! This is such a great session and it was so fun to hear them share how the texts are really like musical scores for actors—showing you how to make sense of these works and perform them! These two are amazing teachers and have so much to share!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   Randall's monologue from Hamlet by Shakespeare - the "Advice to the Players" (from the First Folio) Speake the Speech I pray you, as I pronounc'd it to you trippingly on the Tongue: But if you mouth it, as many of your Players do, I had as liue the Town-Cryer had spoke my Lines: Nor do not saw the Ayre too much your hand thus, but vse all gently; for in the verie Tor- rent, Tempest, and (as I may say) the Whirle-winde of Passion, you must acquire and beget a Temperance that may giue it Smoothnesse. O it offends mee to the Soule, to see a robustious Pery-wig-pated Fellow, teare a Passi- on to tatters, to verie ragges, to split the eares of the Groundlings: who (for the most part) are capeable of nothing, but inexplicable dumbe shewes, & noise: I could haue such a Fellow whipt for o're-doing Termagant: it out- Herod's Herod. Pray you auoid it. Be not too tame neyther: but let your owne Discretion be your Tutor. Sute the Action to the Word, the Word to the Action, with this speciall obseruance: That you ore-stop not the modestie of Nature; for any thing so ouer-done, is frõ the purpose of Playing, whose end both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as 'twer the Mirrour vp to Nature; to shew Vertue her owne Feature, Scorne her owne Image, and the verie Age and Bodie of the Time, his forme and pressure. Now, this ouer-done, or come tardie off, though it make the vnskil- full laugh, cannot but make the Iudicious greeue; The censure of the which One, must in your allowance o're- way a whole Theater of Others. Oh, there bee Players that I haue seene Play, and heard others praise, and that highly (not to speake it prophanely) that neyther hauing the accent of Christians, nor the gate of Christian, Pagan, or Norman, haue so strutted and bellowed, that I haue thought some of Natures Iouerney-men had made men, and not made them well, they imitated Humanity so ab- hominably.

Mar 2020

22 min 7 sec

It's a special one today—a double-bill! Randall Duk Kim and his lifelong professional partner—and wife—Annie Occhiogrosso are one of the great teams of the American theatre. They have worked together their entire professional lives and are dedicated to the classics, and in particular, to the works of William Shakespeare. They, along with their partner Charles Bright, founded American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where Randall and Annie were co-Artistic Directors. Randall has worked as an actor for 50+ years, playing dozens of leading roles all over the country at major theatres. Annie has worked as an actress, director, dramaturg, and teacher.   Just a bit of what we cover in this episode with Randall and Annie: Not seeing race as any kind of barrier in theatre Moving to New York and submitting to every Shakespeare festival Why Annie initially despised Randall over his casting in a play The ideas and misconceptions behind "classical" and "method" acting Starting their own theatre to work on Shakespeare’s First Folio How Randall, a lifelong classical actor, ended up in The Matrix   And so much more! Plus, we get another mini-Shakespeare master class: Randall and Annie dive into Hamlet’s advice to the Players and share so many wonderful tips and tools!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of the NEW FREE GUIDE "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   Hamlet by William Shakespeare HAMLET (First Folio version) Speake the Speech I pray you, as I pronounc'd it to you trippingly on the Tongue: But if you mouth it, as many of your Players do, I had as liue the Town-Cryer had spoke my Lines: Nor do not saw the Ayre too much your hand thus, but vse all gently; for in the verie Tor- rent, Tempest, and (as I may say) the Whirle-winde of Passion, you must acquire and beget a Temperance that may giue it Smoothnesse. O it offends mee to the Soule, to see a robustious Pery-wig-pated Fellow, teare a Passi- on to tatters, to verie ragges, to split the eares of the Groundlings: who (for the most part) are capeable of nothing, but inexplicable dumbe shewes, & noise: I could haue such a Fellow whipt for o're-doing Termagant: it out- Herod's Herod. Pray you auoid it. Be not too tame neyther: but let your owne Discretion be your Tutor. Sute the Action to the Word, the Word to the Action, with this speciall obseruance: That you ore-stop not the modestie of Nature; for any thing so ouer-done, is frõ the purpose of Playing, whose end both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as 'twer the Mirrour vp to Nature; to shew Vertue her owne Feature, Scorne her owne Image, and the verie Age and Bodie of the Time, his forme and pressure. Now, this ouer-done, or come tardie off, though it make the vnskil- full laugh, cannot but make the Iudicious greeue; The censure of the which One, must in your allowance o're- way a whole Theater of Others. Oh, there bee Players that I haue seene Play, and heard others praise, and that highly (not to speake it prophanely) that neyther hauing the accent of Christians, nor the gate of Christian, Pagan, or Norman, haue so strutted and bellowed, that I haue thought some of Natures Iouerney-men had made men, and not made them well, they imitated Humanity so ab- hominably.

Feb 2020

2 hr 16 min

Mike Moreno hosts The Actor CEO Podcast (available on Apple, Stitcher, etc) and he dives into the knowledge and skills that allow actors and artists to embrace their creative entrepreneur spirit, along with the reality that you both run and own your own business from the moment you choose to be a professional. Its focus is to help you learn the skills that make a more successful actor by taking control of yourself as a brilliant, creative business and becoming a rockstar CEO of that business. Join Mike in becoming an Actor CEO! Actor CEO has over 100 episodes and Mike has talked with teachers, industry pros, and actors of various levels, and has covered so many different topics, including actor finances, marketing, social media, auditions, voice over, and so much more! The show is very well-reviewed and often in the top 200 of all Performing Arts podcasts in the US. Many of you may already be listeners and fans, but if not—get on that! Many of you may already be listeners and fans, but if not—get on that! Just a bit of what we cover: Where is Mike in his journey? The difference he's seen in performers between NY and LA What Mike has learned from doing his podcast Why it's crucial to create great self-tape auditions! The two things that if actors do will put them miles ahead What you can learn from Will Smith and The Rock when it comes to performing   I hope you enjoy this conversation—I’d love to hear what you think about this kind of episode, if it’s helpful, and if you’d like to hear more like it. Reach out to me on Twitter @wajpodcast, or if you prefer, you can send an email here.   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of the NEW FREE GUIDE "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Jan 2020

49 min 9 sec

L. Scott Caldwell, or “Scotty” as she is also known, has been a working actress for 40+ years, from Chicago to New York to LA, and many other places! In fact, right after we chatted, she was off to shoot episodes of Facebook’s Sacred Lies, ABC’s A Million Little Things, and HBO’s Insecure. She stays busy! Scotty has over 100 onscreen credits, including recurring characters on Lost, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Southland, Queens Supreme, and PBS’ Original Series Mercy Street.   Just a bit of what we cover in this episode with Scotty: Her experience and awareness of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago Working on the play A Raisin in the Sun several times The impact of watching very strong women on film The personal rejection she experienced being fired and the breakdown she had What she took from studying with Uta Hagen, and the one item she uses consistently   Scotty and I ended up talking mostly about her early years, leading up to her first film role, and it’s such a fascinating journey, filled with excitement, doubt, challenges, and rewards.   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of the NEW FREE GUIDE "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  

Jan 2020

1 hr 29 min

In this episode, Simon shares how he worked on a couple of different audiobook projects: first, dealing with a practically unreadable chapter in Alan Moore’s Jerusalem and then, a bit on The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth.  You'll hear Simon discuss: The research and immense work that went into the audiobook of Jerusalem How he made sense of unusual spellings, and dialogue without punctuation in The Wake And what he believes is good narration   Plus we chat about building confidence, and how to approach audiobook projects you may not enjoy. It's a great session, and it was really wonderful to hear Simon’s process of both experiencing anxiety and putting in so much effort to make sure he does the book justice for both the author and the audience.   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   The beginning of "Around the Bend"—the "unreadable chapter" in Alan Moore's Jerusalem Awake, Lucia gets up wi’ the wry sing of de light. She is a puzzle, shore enearth, as all the Nurzis and the D’actors would afform, but nibber a cross word these days, deepindig on her mendication and on every workin’ grimpill’s progress. Her arouse from drowse is like a Spring, a babboling book that gorgles up amist the soils o’ sleep, flishing and glattering, to mate the mournin’ son. Canfind in this loquation now she gushes and runs chinkling from her silt and softy bed, pooring her harp out down an illside and aweigh cross the old manscape to a modhouse brookfast. Ah, what a performance, practised and applausible. She claps her hands, over her ears, to drone out all the deadful wile-ing and the sorey implecations of whor farmlay. With her bunyans all complainin’ she escapes the Settee o’ Destraction and beguines her evrydaily Millgrimage towar’s ridemption or towords the Wholly Sea; to wards, the tranquilisity of night.

Dec 2019

15 min 43 sec

Simon Vance (@SimVan) has narrated over 1000 audiobooks in his career, with such a diverse range of works, from George R.R. Martin and Steig Larsson’s Millennium series (which we discuss), to Brent Weeks and Charles Dickens! He’s also focused on getting back in front of the camera as an actor, which we talk about at length because of how much success he’s had in audiobooks, and he still wants to explore new territory!   Just a bit of what we cover in this episode with Simon: What he initially studied at University that didn't work out All the twists and turns and decisions that led him to a job at the BBC The weekend workshop that really opened his eyes to being an artist The struggles he faced as an actor when first moving to California Being nervous before starting to record an audiobook His new challenge of getting better as an on-screen actor in film and TV—and so much more!   Simon is wonderfully open about the lack of clarity in his early years, the not knowing, and the challenging relationships. While it hasn’t always been easy, he also has some fantastic ideas and insights on what has worked for him along the way! Plus, Simon even shares how he worked on a practically unreadable chapter in Alan Moore’s Jerusalem, so don’t miss that!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of the NEW FREE GUIDE "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  

Dec 2019

2 hr

In this episode, Jeanne discusses a monologue she worked on from the TV show Threat Matrix. She plays a Cambodian woman who recounts her experiences of escaping the Khmer Rouge. I’ve visited Cambodia and seen first-hand some of the atrocities that happened there—just horrific, as we talk about. You’ll hear Jeanne discuss: how a book she had read two years earlier helped her initially with the audition and then again, once she booked the part how she ended up finding a sense of ease with the text the challenges of learning a Cambodian dialect, and how she felt insecure about it   Plus, we talk about working on monologues that are stories set in the past vs. things that are happening right now! It's a great session, and it was really wonderful to hear Jeanne’s process of connecting to this material.   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   Jeanne's monologue (as Dara) from Threat Matrix  DARA The stream bed, it was dry season But the rocks still slippery Uncle Sam help me, carry my baby He say he have baby boy long time ago in the States [AGENT FRANKIE: Did he talk about his boy, did he say his name?] No, but he say worse pain in world is losing family [AGENT FRANKIE: How long did you walk?] At least three hours, then no more But Uncle Sam, he move quickly like he see in dark Then he stop us at pool of water near big boulder Uncle Sam say, many mines in jungle on side Only way through water Water deep, cold Sam carry my baby high On other side, we see small house He had name for it.  

Nov 2019

14 min 45 sec

Jeanne Sakata has had a 30+ year career spanning theater, film, television, and voiceover. She was in two different stage productions this past year, both with notable companies, jumping from Shakespeare to new plays: appearing in Othello at A Noise Within in Pasadena, CA and in Do You Feel Anger? at the Vineyard Theatre in NY. For her first play, Jeanne wrote the celebrated and award-winning solo show Hold These Truths, based on the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student at the University of Washington who challenged the American Government during World War II. Just a bit of what we cover in this episode with Jeanne: Growing up on a lettuce farm right near the railroad tracks Thinking she would be a journalist and majoring in English at UCLA How acting and therapy both came into her life at the same time How the Spanish language opened her eyes to working on Shakespeare Her deep need to tell Gordon’s story based on her own family’s history How her marriage and relationship has lasted over 40 years—and so much more!   Jeanne even shares how she worked on a monologue with a Cambodian accent for a TV show, so don’t miss that! She has such a great attitude toward celebrating your successes, allowing for flow, and being open to multiple approaches!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of the NEW FREE GUIDE "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  

Nov 2019

2 hr 9 min

Audrey Moore hosts the wonderfully-named podcast Audrey Helps Actors (available on Apple, Stitcher, Google Play, etc), and it's exactly what it sounds like! Every episode Audrey invites someone from the business to chat about everything from advice for auditions and getting a new agent, to the nitty gritty of exploring different theatrical markets and information about how you can better use your union. The show is regularly in the Top 100 of ALL Performing Arts podcasts in several countries; it's often been in the Top 25 and as of publishing, the show is in the Top 50 for Performing Arts in the US—pretty amazing! And she's not even releasing episodes right now—that's how popular the show is! Many of you may already be listeners and fans, but if not—get on that! Just a bit of what we cover: Where the idea for the podcast started and looking at what had existed Why Audrey was doing so well in auditions, but wasn't booking How to find the problem you *actually* need to solve in your career Audrey's own journey with horrible self-tapes How to manage your time and energy with various opportunities   I hope you enjoy this conversation—I’d love to hear what you think about this kind of episode, if it’s helpful, and if you’d like to hear more like it. Reach out to me on Twitter @wajpodcast, or if you prefer, you can send an email here.   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of the NEW FREE GUIDE "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  

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Oct 2019

1 hr 11 min

In this excerpt, Richard discusses one of Leontes’ speeches in The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare—it’s in the first act where he has his suspicions about his wife and his best friend having an affair. Leontes is speaking with his trusted advisor Camillo, who cannot bear to hear these accusations and Leontes responds “Is whispering nothing?” and goes from there. You’ll hear Richard discuss: how Shakespeare drops you into this without any backstory the questions you want to ask yourself with words that repeat and that if you even explore the sounds of the speeches, they can give you clues too! It's a great session, and it was a lot of fun to hear Richard’s insights on the character and all the possibilities that lay before you with a text like this!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "10 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Working!" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare LEONTES, KING OF SICILIA [finishes the shared line with Camillo]  Is whispering nothing? Is leaning cheek to cheek? Is meeting noses? Kissing with inside lip? Stopping the career Of laughter with a sigh (a note infallible Of breaking honesty)? Horsing foot on foot? Skulking in corners? Wishing clocks more swift? Hours, minutes? Noon, midnight? And all eyes Blind with the pin and web but theirs, theirs only, That would unseen be wicked? Is this nothing? Why then the world and all that’s in’t is nothing, The covering sky is nothing, Bohemia nothing, My wife is nothing, nor nothing have these nothings, If this be nothing.  

Oct 2019

11 min 7 sec

Richard Riehle (pronounced "Really!"), has had a nearly 50-year career, he’s still going! With 400+ onscreen credits to his name, plus years and years of regional theatre, he is truly a working actor! You’ve probably seen Richard in dozens of things, with very memorable parts in the films Glory, The Fugitive, Office Space, and Casino, as well as appearances on Modern Family, Grounded for Life, and Black-ish. And of course, that doesn’t even touch on the decades of regional theatre Richard did before he even started working on-camera! Just a bit of what we cover in this episode: How he was open to whatever possibilities came along, literally saying things like “Yeah, I guess I can do that” How he saw being an actor as a job—it was what he did to put money on the table How people can really depend and rely on him How he does the audition and then walks away Why it sometimes feels like he's starting all over Why certain projects (that he was excited about) didn’t end up working out   Richard even shares how he works on Shakespeare, with a speech from The Winter’s Tale, so don’t miss that!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Oct 2019

1 hr 55 min

Coming up in the next round of interviews, actors that continue to work in all different mediums: a Tony winner with plenty of on-screen work an actor/playwright who has worked around the country a Shakespeare actor who ran his own theatre and appears in several big movies an actor with over 400 tv/film credits (plus years of theatre) and a voice you’ve probably heard reading books to you! Now the credits of the guests I just shared are outstanding, and still—each of these actors has had ups and downs, highlights and frustrations. What we’re getting at are the actual and real paths of artists and creatives. These guests have been around, they’ve kept working, and they’ve figured out some things along the way. There are still challenges, it’s not all “easy” at this point—but they’ve learned what they need to do to keep going, the mental game of being an actor long-term, and how to do the work at a professional level. And what you’ll hear is that there is not only one way to do this—you’ll hear lots of perspectives and approaches, so take what resonates for you! These guests can be mentors for you, they can be your personal Board of Directors, guiding you, inspiring you, and leading you forward! Follow the show on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Become a PREMIUM member and receive access to exclusive content and bonus episodes (more ahead)!

Oct 2019

5 min 22 sec

Arye Gross (@thataryegross) is an actor with 40+ years in the business who always gives a memorable performance, wherever he pops up. He was absolutely one of the inspirations for this podcast. It's a personal episode too—as Arye has been a friend, mentor, and teacher to me over the years. Don't miss our actor marketing advice » Click here for full show notes and links. Arye has had a pretty amazing career. He’s got over 120 credits on IMDb and that doesn’t even account for the MULTIPLE recurring guest roles he’s had on shows like Diagnosis Murder, The Practice, Wildfire, The Riches, and as Dr. Sidney Perlmutter on Castle. He’s also absolutely one of those “hey, it’s that guy” guys—he’s popped up in so many different things on screen over the years, from Just One of the Guys and Soul Man to Friends and Grey Gardens and a hundred other things—even if you didn’t know his name, you knew his face. I mean, he’s in the actual book called “Hey, It’s That Guy,” so , you know, it’s official. Though I have a feeling, after today's episode, you'll know who he is from now on!   Just a bit of what we cover in this episode: Building props that he's used onstage Being re-cast as the narrator of The Wonder Years Upstaging Dan Aykroyd with strawberries Neuroscience, empathy, and authenticity Being embraced and rejected by the audience Getting fired multiple times from the same show What Arye still loves about acting Plus a whole lot more!   Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

May 2019

1 hr 41 min

Alan Mandell (in his 90s and still working!) is an actor and director, and he's also been a general manager of multiple theatres. He’s considered one of the leading interpreters of Samuel Beckett’s work, and he even collaborated directly with the playwright several times! It was really fascinating to hear all about Alan’s career—his story is a combination of being in the right place at the right time, and being willing to do whatever it took to make theatre happen, which is such a great attitude! Just a bit of what we cover in this episode: Growing up in Canada during the Depression Doing radio drama and theatre in Toronto How he got involved with The Actor's Workshop through volunteer office work His initial reaction and confusion when he first read Waiting for Godot Teaching acting classes and helping out with the San Quentin Drama Workshop Being involved in the early days of Hedwig and the Angry Inch What success has meant to him and mentoring young actors in the theatre Plus a whole lot more, and Alan also shares some direct acting notes from Samuel Beckett himself on Waiting for Godot, so don’t miss that!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Apr 2019

1 hr 23 min

In this excerpt, Tony Amendola (@tmamendola) from Ep #18 discusses Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare. As Tony shares, it’s almost like an "anti-love" sonnet, that it makes fun of sonnets that are too flowery, as it has a very different tone and style with its message. You’ll hear Tony discuss: how he approaches a pieces of text like this how he might set the scene in his mind when doing this why he loves this sonnet in particular It's a great session, and Tony also shares at length the balance you want to find between ideas and behavior when working on texts like this!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips’ red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress when she walks treads on the ground. And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare.      

Mar 2019

15 min 54 sec

Tony Amendola (@tmamendola) was an associate artist, actor and director at the Berkeley Rep Theater for ten years. Regional theatre work includes the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, ACT, the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theater, CenterStage and the Oregon, California and Utah Shakespeare Festivals. He has 120+ credits on film/TV, including as a series regular on Continuum, and recurring work on Stargate SG-1 and Once Upon a Time as Pinocchio’s father Geppetto. He’s appeared as the title character in Uncle Vanya and King Lear, as King Henry in Lion in Winter, and as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Voiceover work includes video games World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy 15, and Call of Duty, and as the narrator of The Land Before Time XIV. Just a bit of what we cover in this episode: Getting nervous about auditions and loving it Being petrified over a particular role, and having no faith in himself to do it His first TV job in LA and how the director helped him through it What he learned coming back to Merchant of Venice, 25 years later, as an actor Tony's daily routine of body, mind, and spirit Advice he would give to smart, driven students of acting Surrounding yourself with people you respect One of his favorite failure stories, and how it led him to LA Plus a whole lot more, and Tony also lets us in on how he works through Shakespeare’s sonnet #130!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Mar 2019

1 hr 36 min

Kristine Oller guides successful creative professionals through the process of designing and aligning the next chapter of their lives and careers – always with an eye towards helping them expand their brilliance and increase their resilience. She is here to discuss a rather tricky topic for creatives: having enough money to really pursue your career. Sure you can get that stereotypical job waiting tables, but is that really going to fuel you, or stress you out more? What would it look like to have a truly amazing side business that gave you the resources you need (and more) to fully pursue your dream, and to lose the desperation of needing to book a role to make rent? And Kristine was in this exact position: working jobs that drained her, and she found something else that helped her thrive. Yes, she does have a course (link below), but this is not an hour-long sales pitch; we don't even mention the course! This is a fun and important conversation about how to sustain yourself as a creative until you get your next break, and the one after that and the one after that! Just a bit of what we DO cover: Her journey as an actor and beyond Finding her first side biz and pursuing it How that gig made her a better actor at auditions Stories that artists tell themselves that keep them AWAY from cash Why it's unhealthy to hear stories of being down to your last dime before your "big break" I hope you enjoy this conversation and this experiment—I’d love to hear what you think about this kind of episode, if it’s helpful, and if you’d like to hear more like it. Reach out to me on Twitter @theworkngactors, or if you prefer, you can send an email here.   Learn more about Kristine's course Cashflow for Creatives. Code JOURNEY for a special discount!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  

Feb 2019

57 min 16 sec

Robert Goldsby started out acting during World War II, in a touring production for the troops in the Philippines. He earned a B.A. in French and Comparative Literature from Columbia and, along with directing studies, an M.F.A. in Acting from Yale. He was an actor, resident stage director and conservatory director of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, running the first Training Congress. For 30 years, he was professor of acting, dramatic literature and directing at the University of California at Berkeley, and he ultimately served as chair of this department. Robert was a founding director of the Berkeley Stage Company, which introduced many new plays and playwrights to America. When he relocated to Los Angeles, he worked at many of the the major university and professional theatres of the region. He has translated works by Sardou, Molière, and Feydeau. Of the 150+ productions he directed, there were 11 plays by Molière, 46 classical plays from Aristophanes to Shakespeare to Giraudoux, and 98 plays from the modern repertory from Ibsen to Innaurato. As both director and scholar, Robert has been particularly devoted to Molière. He published a book from his lifetime of experience and research, titled: Molière On Stage: What’s So Funny? Just a bit of what we cover in this episode: Working with Walter Matthau and getting pinched by him The importance of studying both Literature and Performance Why directors need to really understand the text His introduction to the very alive work of Molière Creating the curriculum for the ACT program, which is still used Why plays were so thrilling when he was teaching What student actors had that professionals did not   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Feb 2019

1 hr 25 min

Paden Fallis hosts the podcast In and [Out of] the Arena (available on Apple, Stitcher, etc), and it’s an atypical interview show: he creates a very cool roundtable discussion with working actors out there, people from all over the country. Actors with credits on Broadway, network TV, indie films, voiceover, and everything in-between. It’s a weekly, topic-driven show, so each episode focuses on a different issue actors face. Paden is an actor, director, writer and producer, currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first screenplay, As Far as the Eye Can See, made its World Premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival. Just a bit of what we cover: Where Paden is on his journey Why he wanted to do a podcast What he has learned about acting since starting the podcast The Trader Joe's incident with actor Geoffrey Owens Professional jealousy and avoiding bitterness How social media drives casting Actors who want to feed the soul One thing he wish he had done differently when he started I hope you enjoy this conversation and this experiment—I’d love to hear what you think about this kind of episode, if it’s helpful, and if you’d like to hear more like it. Reach out to me on Twitter @theworkngactors, or if you prefer, you can send an email here.   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  

Jan 2019

36 min 23 sec

Ray Porter from Ep. #16 talks text work in John Webster's The White Devil. This is a Jacobean play and comes in the period right after Shakespeare. As Ray shared, plays in this period were much darker and a definite departure from many of the themes you’d see in Shakespeare’s work. It’s not a play I was familiar with and really glad these guests are introducing us to other classical works. As I mentioned in the complete episode with Ray, this may be a great play for you to find a lesser-known monologue for your auditions. You'll hear Ray discuss: why this speech fascinates him how language was the CGI of the day why classical theatre and plays like this are still so relevant today. It's a great session and a wonderful discussion about theatre, politics, and acting!   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   Ray’s monologue from The White Devil FRANCISCO An old tale. Upon a time Phoebus, the god of light, Or him we call the sun, would need to be married: The gods gave their consent, and Mercury Was sent to voice it to the general world. But what a piteous cry there straight arose Amongst smiths and felt-makers, brewers and cooks, Reapers and butter-women, amongst fishmongers, And thousand other trades, which are annoyed By his excessive heat! 'twas lamentable. They came to Jupiter all in a sweat, And do forbid the banns. A great fat cook Was made their speaker, who entreats of Jove That Phoebus might be gelded; for if now, When there was but one sun, so many men Were like to perish by his violent heat, What should they do if he were married, And should beget more, and those children Make fireworks like their father? So say I; Only I apply it to your wife; Her issue, should not providence prevent it, Would make both nature, time, and man repent it.    

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Jan 2019

16 min 5 sec

Ray Porter (Tw: @Ray__Porter; IG: @rayporter_narr8s) spent 18 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival playing all sorts of roles, including many leads, and has since narrated more than 300 audiobooks (including the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry), all while still appearing on film, tv, and onstage. He has multiple Earphones Awards, has been nominated for Audie awards for his narration, and was named Audible's Narrator of the Year. Just a bit of what we cover in this episode: why you don't want to be a tribute band making audiobooks that SUCK (and how to get better) an acting approach that gives you freedom not believing your own PR technique only up to a point the most important thing to do, especially as an actor and lots more! We even work on a piece of text from The White Devil by John Webster! Post-Shakespeare themes and ideas—very cool stuff, and I'm sure most people are not using this for their classical monologue! Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Jan 2019

1 hr 26 min

We have a special episode today. It’s a tribute to the actor Philip Bosco. In this, you’ll hear the voices of Armin Shimerman, Peter Van Norden, and Phil himself as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Phil was quite a legend in the theatre scene, and he recently passed away, so I decided to finally sit down and put this together. Yes, it is sad, and at first, I thought this episode needed to be really somber, but it’s also a celebration of Phil’s life, what he did, and the many people he impacted!   A few quick highlights about Philip Bosco: Won the Tony Award for Lend Me a Tenor, with another FIVE nominations, along with multiple Drama Desk nominations and one win Performed in over 50 productions on Broadway, playing all different styles and genres Over 100 Film and TV credits, including a Daytime Emmy Award     Click here for full show notes and links. Watch the entire production of Twelfth Night See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  

Dec 2018

19 min 20 sec

Dawn Didawick is an LA-based actor who has worked at numerous regional theatres, has lived and worked in both DC and New York, and also has a number of film and TV credits. She appeared on Broadway in Arthur Miller's All My Sons, with the production winning a Tony Award for Best Revival. She's also a founding member of the Antaeus Theatre in Glendale, CA. In today's episode, Dawn and I cover: doing industrials dealing with fear having mentors working on new plays sexual harassment and shame how to keep working Yiddish actors passing it on being respectful and lots more! Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Dec 2018

1 hr 46 min

Francis Guinan from Ep. #14 talks text work in Jessica Dickey's The Rembrandt, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2017 with Francis in the cast, alongside John Mahoney, who many people know as the dad on Frasier (one of my personal favorites), but who was also a longtime Steppenwolf ensemble member. You'll hear how Francis found his way through the text, and the deeper connections between art and the relationship his character has with John's. I was lucky enough to see this production at Steppenwolf and John passed away not long after The Rembrandt closed. It's a great session and a wonderful insight into how an actor works.   Click here for full show notes and links. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   Francis’ monologue from The Rembrandt HENRY I touched it. It was… surprisingly– spiky. The paint. Slashes of ochre and black and white and red. I suddenly thought– Art is such a slight thing. It’s a trick. The closer you get, it recedes, like a shadow. It lives, it glows, and then you touch it and it’s not really there. Or it’s ALL there—Rembrandt. Homer. I touched it all… Well, specifically three of us touched it—myself, this girl Madeline and Dodger. We counted to three, and we touched it. [minor dialogue omitted] I remember my Dad reading in the paper that this Rembrandt had been purchase for 2.3 million– and this was 1961 mind you!–and he turned to me, I was all of FIVE, and he said (ala gruff dad) “Come on Hank, we’re going to see what the hell is worth 2.3 million.” And he dragged me to the exhibit. We stood in front of it, his brow furrowed, the callouses on his hand… There was something about the way he stood there—staring—as if he felt separate—as if it was some Great Thing that would always be just beyond his reach… I never asked him what the thought of it, the painting. If he liked it. If it pleased him. (I’d like to thing it did—that somehow he was—touched by it.) I regret that actually. Terribly. It’s just a slight thing—canvas, paint—and yet it contains—what? Wordls. Truths. I stood there today, and I thought, There is only one of this– in all of time. I touched that fragility and my heard just… [to Simon, sleeping] My love? Are you there? I want you to know. You’ve been a wonderful partner. You have. I have failed you so terribly. So terribly. But I am here now. I’m here.    

Nov 2018

14 min 43 sec

Francis Guinan grew up in Iowa and went to college pre-med, but then changed directions and ended up meeting the actors who would go on to create the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble in Chicago. He has been a member for 30 years and appeared in over 40 productions, and also has 80+ film/tv credits including Boss, The Last Airbender, and Eerie, Indiana. Just a bit of what we cover: discipline and focus messing with other actors onstage great directors rehearsal questions John Mahoney Shakespeare younger actors current passions, and lots more!   Plus, he works on a piece from THE REMBRANDT, which had its world premiere at Steppenwolf!   Check out the show notes for additional info and items mentioned in this episode. Become a PREMIUM member and part of the Working Actors Community, starting at just $2/month! Get your free copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One". See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.   Want a free audiobook? As a listener, get yours and a free trial with Audible.    

Nov 2018

1 hr 22 min

Reed Birney thought he was just going to be a schmuck actor after decades of struggle. Then he takes on a part that terrifies him and it leads to a number of great projects and successes, including a Tony Award. Just a bit of what we cover: The freeing nature of doing nudity in both theatre and film Why he chose not to go to Juilliard after being accepted, and why he might have hated acting if he went The unbelievable circumstances of his first Broadway show Why your imagination is so important, along with children playing in sandboxes What can lead you to “bad acting” and how to avoid it His experience working with The Coen Brothers and Sam Raimi early in their careers The excitement and challenges of working on Casa Valentina The helpful note from the director that helped him unlock the character in The Humans The example he tries to set for both his children who are actors   Check out the show notes for additional info and items mentioned in this episode. Become a PREMIUM member and part of the Working Actors Community, starting at just $2/month! Get your free copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One". See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   Want a free audiobook? As a listener, get yours and a free trial with Audible.    

Oct 2018

1 hr 30 min

There is now a PREMIUM experience for listeners, and you can join for just $2/month. By signing up as a premium member, you'll get exclusive access to additional episodes, bonus content, discounts, and items that are available NOWHERE else. The premium membership is also a way for YOU to have a direct hand in shaping the show and any related content. I'll be going to premium members first to ask questions, get feedback and ideas, and find out exactly what you want to see and hear! Plus, the show is moving to a monthly schedule.   » Become a Premium Member See additional content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Oct 2018

3 min 47 sec

We're back for another season with great chats ahead! Hear excerpts from upcoming interviews with actors that have worked for 30-50+ years, hearing how they got started, what challenges they faced, how they deal with auditions, actually work on material, and more. Get your copy of "12 Top Acting Tips from Season One" Follow the show on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Sep 2018

2 min 37 sec