The Working Actor's Journey

The Working Actor's Journey

In The Working Actor's Journey, hear from amazing teachers, role models, and mentors about their lifelong careers. Learn from those who have been acting professionally for decades—to 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. How do great actors work? What do they actually do? Let’s find out. These conversations are a virtual toolbox for actors, full of techniques, advice, and lessons learned.

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July 12, 2022 122 min

Today’s guest grew up on a tiny island in the Caribbean, studied fashion and dance in New York, often felt like she never had the right background or training, and yet found success in several careers.

Veralyn Jones is an award-winning actress who has been working professionally for over 30 years across theatre, film and TV. She has worked at The Denver Center, South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, and ...

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Today’s guest grew up in the Philippines, fell in love with movies as a kid, found validation through acting, pursued his master’s degree, got fired from a big break, and still has been working for over five decades!

Alberto Isaac has been working for 50+ years across theatre, TV, and film. In addition to regional theatre gigs across the country, he has enjoyed a long association with East West Players, joining them shortly aft...

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Today's guest started in the theatre at a very young age, felt adrift and wasn’t exactly sure what he’d do as a young man, and ended up working for years at some of the best theatres in the country.

Jamie Newcomb has performed in over 60 Shakespeare plays and 75 other productions. He worked for 14 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is a founding company member of Shakespeare & Company, and was an inaugural company ...

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Marcelo shares how he approaches a voiceover audition for a video game. We look at what direction and description is initially provided and then how to use your instincts to create your own performance rather than going for an impersonation. You’ll hear the actual audition Marcelo sent in and we also get into dealing with rejection and booking jobs.

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Marcelo was born in Argentina, moved to LA at a young age, felt very lost with his career, almost quit after his first TV role, and eventually booked a job that changed his life. Plus, we get a quick look at Marcelo’s process with a voiceover audition for a video game, and you’ll hear what he sent in! It was fascinating to hear about the many ups and downs, and all the relationships, mentors, and teachers who helped him along the w...

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Elizabeth shares her approach to working on Shakespeare, which includes what the number of syllables can tell you, the thought igniter exercise, the first question to ask, and more. Plus we chat about the difference in performing a monologue in an audition vs a show.

Learn more about our April Shakespeare workshop with Randall Duk Kim and Annie Occhiogrosso

Macbeth's dagger speech (Act 2, Sc 1)

Is this a dagger which I see bef...

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We discuss her very humble beginnings, her dad Brian Dennehy and his career struggles, deciding her family was a priority, working even more when she was pregnant, and helping other actors. Plus, we get another mini-Shakespeare class where Elizabeth dives into a piece from Macbeth! She’s been an audition coach for years, and has also helped many students with their college auditions, so you’ll definitely want to check this out!

 

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March 1, 2022 3 min
We're back for Season 5 of The Working Actor's Journey!

We've got five more amazing interviews headed your way over the coming months; you'll hear:

  • coming to America stories
  • the realities and hardships of working in New York and LA
  • and what it's like with parents who were in the biz.
  • Professional actors speak about feeling adrift, lack of confidence, and full blown-panic attacks. These guests have had the chance t...

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    For today’s episode, we’re bringing you the second half of the Repertory workshop featuring Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

    In the fist scene: Viola (as Cesario), is on her way to see Olivia, and encounters first the Fool Feste and then Sir Toby and Sir Andrew. Olivia, meeting Cesario, sends the others away and declares her love.

    Then in our second scene - Malvolio, who (according to the mischievous letter he received) is dressed with ...

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    For today’s episode, we’re bringing you the second half of the Repertory workshop featuring Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

    The first scene includes almost everyone at Olivia’s house, some great exchanges with the Fool, and then the meeting of Olivia and Viola, who is disguised as Orsino’s servant Cesario. Then the following scene has Orsino with Viola (disguised) who expresses her love for Orsino through a story about “Cesario’s siste...

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    OK, there is a lot going on with this scene, so let’s attempt to summarize! Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of York (Richard’s mother) are grieving over their children and grandchildren. Former Queen Margaret secretly watches, and then comes forward to share they are not the only ones who’ve suffered. King Richard is passing by with his army, and the Duchess gives him a piece of her mind. Finally Richard is alone with Elizabeth and...

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    In this scene, Hamlet’s friends from school, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, have just arrived and the King and Queen ask them to find out what’s going on with Hamlet. A short while later, Hamlet enter reading and is greeted by Polonius before Ros and Guil join us.

  • DIRECTOR: Gigi Bermingham
  • DRAMATURG: Gideon Rappaport
  • HAMLET: Kwana Martinez
  • POLONIUS: Seth David Mitchell
  • ROSENCRANTZ: Max Herzfeld
  • GUILDENSTERN: Danielle Reliford
  • Fantastic w...

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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 T...
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    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...

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    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) r...

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    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!

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    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!

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    Click here to grab an audience spot for our upcoming CHEKHOV session in The Rehearsal Room with director Libby Appel!

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    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!

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    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
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    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: ...
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