This week we had the pleasure of talking to Laura Sturm. An acting and movement couch currently residing on Chicago. Even though she originally got an accounting degree, she fell in love with theatre and the Meisner Technique. She feels that her job is to make actor feel safe and comfortable in their own body. One thing she has them repeat daily is "I HAVE NO APOLOGIES!" Something we believe will help all of us live a better life of not apologizing for being ourselves.
If you are in the Chicago area, look her up and stop in for a class. You can find her schedule on your web site www.laurasturm.com. And if you can't go in person, she recommends a few books:
Sanford Meisner on Acting - Sanford Meisner
The Actor's Art and Craft - William Esper
This week we had the pleasure to interview Elise Sandell who worked as the Assistant Director with Cindy on Portland Opera's "Faust". Elise started at Barrington High School wanting to be an actor but soon found her love of back stage. She received her BFA from Webster University in Stage Management and soon after got a fellowship with Opera America. There has been no stopping her since then! UNTIL NOW! Her traveling life of an Opera Director is coming to an end as she has announced this is her #farewelltour. Don't worry, there is a still a chance to see her amazing work as she will be headed back to Portland Opera to do La Traviata then to Florida Grand Opera to do Motzart's "The Marriage of Figaro".
See more at elisesandell.com
Enjoy the show!
Today we have the amazing Vita Tzkun who Cindy met during Faust at Portland Opera. Vita was the set and costume designer for the stunning opera. She finds that often she is mistaken for the costume designer simply because of her gender. As well as finds herself in rooms with nothing but men on a regular basis. She does not let that slow her down at all! She and David Adam Moore started an NYC-based multimedia art collective called Glmmr. Its body of work includes design for opera, dance and theater, concert visuals, film, commercial design, and gallery installations.
You can learn more about Glmmr at https://www.glmmr.org/about
Vita's web site is https://www.vitavision.net/about
Enjoy the show!
Theater Masks by Nikita Kozin / Licence: CC BY 3.0
Ritzy Remix font by Nick Curtis - www.nicksfonts.com/index.html
Music and Sound
cello_tuning by flcellogrl / Licence: CC BY 3.0
Flute Play C - 08 by cms4f / Licence: CC0 1.0
"Danse Macabre - Violin Hook" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) / Licence: CC BY 3.0
CC BY 3.0 - creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
CC0 1.0 - creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
Today we talk to the amazing Amie Bjorklund about her senior dog Molly and how she works with Forever Loved Pets Sanctuary in Scottsdale, AZ; her love for England and her time studying acting in @therepbirmingham; to her current work with Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival and their gender and color blind casting! It was a great conversation and we could have gone on for hours! Plus learn why she laughs every time someone talks about the musical "Brigadoon"!
You can see Amie's web page at http://www.amiebjorklund.com/ and learn more about Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival at http://flagshakes.org/titus-andronicus-show/