In an effort to stay sharp and to improve my craft, I have been attending an acting workshop/class every Monday evening in NYC with Richard Kline, who in addition to being a GREAT teacher, has had a successful acting career himself. You may remember him as Larry in Three's Company, among other roles. You will soon be able to see Richard in a musical rendition of The Sting at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, alongside Harry Connick, Jr. and Robert Wuhl.
But in his class, which is fairly intimate, we each get the opportunity to shine and to receive some very beneficial feedback. I enjoy knowing where my strengths and weaknesses are as a performer because how else will I grow as an artist?
I never pretend to know it all and I strive to soak up as many new techniques as possible. I believe that an actor should always be listening and learning. And for me, I think the thing I have really worked on the most in the three months I have been attending this class is LISTENING - not only to the critiques or congratulations I may receive after a performance, but to EVERYTHING that is being said to everyone. Through each actor's scenes or monologues, valuable information is being shared for all of us to retain and put into action. There is much wisdom to behold if we just open our ears.
Last night marked the last class before the Christmas and New Year's break and during our final workshop of 2017 we had a showcase of the scenes and monologues we have all been working on over the last few months. I presented my "Tempted Priest" monologue which I have been honing for a while (which went great!), as well as my scene from "Midnight Run," with fellow actor Freddie Ganno - which also went pretty well. It is a GREAT and FUNNY scene. I love it.
Friends and family were invited to come to the theater and check out our work, after which we all adjourned downstairs to an Italian restaurant for a nice after party. It was a terrific evening and a great way to end a very productive few months with my fellow evolving artists.
I look forward to continuing my growth in the new year.
If anyone is interested in attending or auditing Richard's class, here is his website: