For actors (18-early 30's) of all levels who wish to practice their craft through monologues and scenes in a laidback atmosphere. No divas, no egomaniacs!
As soon as I graduated college, I moved to New York City to become an actor. I was the stereotypical green-as-grass kid who thought he was hot shit because his drama teacher lauded his work, even to the point of calling him an "up-and-comer" to his colleagues in the drama department. I thought, look out, New York City, here I come!
Boy, was I wrong. In my two years in the big Apple, I put my name on only one role you could call a good role, I alienated almost all of my friends with my inflated ego, and a scammer took advantage of said ego to the tune of thousands of dollars. Bottom, meet rock.
So why did I tell you this troubled part of my life? What's your endgame, Paul? Are you gonna drag us into some time heist so you can talk some sense into your young self, tell him to pull his head out his ass?
I'm no Stella Adler or Lee Strasberg but I can say without a doubt that acting is about vulnerability. We actors bare our inner lives, and all the turmoil-or lack thereof-that resides, to an audience as an expression of our humanity. To you potential members of Monologues and Mimosas (name pending), this is my truth. I look forward to seeing yours on the stage. Don't worry, I don't plan on having a roundtable with everyone telling each other "their truth." You don't have to tell anyone as long as we see the truth in your performance.
I haven't acted since my time in New York, but something inside me stirs to get back on that horse. I hope to bring together actors (of all levels) like me who just want to work and practice our craft without paying hundreds a month for an acting class. No divas, no egomaniacs, just ordinary Joe's and Jane's who have a dream they want to realize with a splash of healthy pragmatism.
We will build a toolbox of monologues, scenes, and everything else pertaining to acting on film and stage. I practice Meisner technique but all techniques, even personal, are welcome and encouraged. It would be great to make some actor friends while we're at it!
God, I know this is a snowball's chance in Hell, but I really hope there's enough actors in Phoenix for this group!