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When it began I wrote this passionate letter to people I knew, studio members, of course, and other people with whom we have worked over…
We are the only school in America, drama school in America that trains actors, writers and directors side by side for three years in a…
They change. They’re different. There are no two alike, that’s the miracle of it. But if they have something to teach the students. You can…
The studio is meant to be always a place where, first of all, they can be out of spotlight, and second, where they could work…
If I were to ask you for example right now to go back with me and define those moments in your life that shaped you…
I was originally going to be a lawyer, and the only thing I remember from the art of cross-examination is – you can see this…
I wanted when we began this to have a conversation, the kind that you’re able to have, and the only way I knew how to…
I was dealing with craft, and that’s the surprising thing, the number of people who have literally broken down on our stage, because when you’re…
I had something called the back of the chair test. Where I sit, we don’t sit like you and I do. I can see a…
I criticize those critics. The reason being that they’re doing one of the worst things that ever can be done to an actor, which is…
And I thought, my God, there’s an off chance that they will say something that’s really worth preserving and there is one way to do…
And I thought if I don’t pre-interview – first of all, we couldn’t afford it – but the second thing was it would force me…
I thought we would have at most an audience of 5,000 devotees because I made the decision to stick to craft, not to gossip, not…
Because – Bobby Lewis said this once to us in class, the better you get, the less credit you’ll get. Because the better you are,…
What I didn’t know that by sticking to craft we would blow open some doors that I never saw opened before.
They will take a role that scares them over a role that doesn’t. That’s another thing I like about actors.
The foundation for film acting is stage acting.
I’ll tell you why, I don’t invite the ones I don’t like.
It can be summed up in one sentence. Does this person have something to teach my students? No one has ever let us down.
Geniuses always think it’s easier than we make it out to be.
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