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Sioux Falls

Life Philosophy

Life Philosophy? Holy daunting question of my existence batman. I live uniquely and without compromise. I believe life is about constantly making and creating new experiences for yourself in whatever means that is necessary for you to do so. I love learning about everything that I can because you’ll never run out of things to know or experience. Life is magical – its freikin magical.

I am...

a Mania-Fueled Theatre-Person with an addiction to coffee and adventure who’s exploits occasionally find their way onto the internet in the form of a blog which is also hosting an ever growing amount of theatre-material for people to view so some wonderful day after graduating from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota I will be able to get some job of some type working for some Theatre company somewhere because ever since I can remember I have wanted to be an actor in some respect which eventually turned into a passion for theatre art which became the basic center of my personal and moral values of which I base my existence on – which somehow explains why I am a very happy, energetic, creative, entertaining, genuine, loose-cannon human being that I am.


Everyone in theatre should recognize its importance as a basic element of education. We should be able to defend its significance in teaching creative thinking and problem solving, in conveying our cultural heritage, and in communicating emotions. But these values are not always apparent to administrators wielding a budget knife. – HAROLD J. NICHOLS

“The answer to any good “Either/Or” question is yes – Dr. Swanson

“The truth is we need the ignorant fucks, the rude morons and of course the average chumps, cuz if we dont see them or feel them, we dont know we are different” Uncle Todd

“I can scarcely remember a time when I wasn’t interested in being funny.” – Tom Salinsky

“I never thought I’d have to say in a class ‘Don’t molest someone’.” – Jayna Fitzsimmions

“Personally, I think with a little…persuasion…everyone’s a little on the wild side.” – Melvin Van Peebles

“Where do they hide? The bedroom! What happens in bedrooms? People DO IT!” – Jayna Fitszsimmons

“Develop a set of skills that will always be there for you…as you walk onstage you will be able to say, “I am here to do something worthwhile, and I AM NOT LEAVING UNTIL I DO IT.” – David Mamet

Theatre Lore – David Mamet

Though conflict is the essence of drama, it is the bane of productivity; therefore, keep the following virtues ever before you:

1. Humility, so that when someone corrects you, you will not be offended.
2. Generosity, so that when someone errs, you do not condemn, but forgive.
3. Consideration, so that when someone believes something, you do not denounce his belief.
4. Tact, so that when you believe something, you know the proper place, manner, and time to present that belief.

Practice these virtues, and you will rise above petty disturbances and another’s opinion will not outrage you. Intuition will tell you which situations to avoid. The best way to prevent conflict is to arrive prepared.
Your director is your boss; he has the final say on all artistic matters of the production. Most often he will be delighted to hear you opinion or explain a point to you. If not, it doesn’t matter, for you now know what your job entails. Condemning a director for being bad is absurd; you still have to perform. This holds true for the script and the other actors as well. You should politely question your director when you need to. But don’t pester him and especially don’t brashly contradict him in front of the cast. A cast must respect its director regardless of his abilities. Disrespect results in chaos, and the theatre is a place for order. Conflict with a director should arise only if what he tells you to do impedes the action you must perform, does not pertain to your job as an actor, or is unduly painful or humiliating. Save ideological disputes for the pub. Rehearsal is not a battleground, but an incubator.

Treat your fellow actors with the same courtesy you give your director. If an actor has a suggestion, hear him out, for certainly it will have its own logic, and you may benefit by understanding it.

No thought, however heinous, is dangerous. Danger arises only when a reprehensible though is acted upon. So
entertain all thoughts, good and bad.

If your character hates another character, don’t hate the actor playing that character. The fact that characters disagree is no reason for people to do so. Actors who carry the emotional life of the play offstage and into their own lives are not only wrong but foolish, for they have allowed an imaginary situation to invade their actual life. Wipe your feet at the door. What goes on inside the theatre belongs in the theatre. When you leave, leave behind you all the baggage and live your life lovingly. In short, after the show is over separate yourself from the experiences you have onstage. Conversely, leave worldly cares outside when you come to the theatre to rehearse or perform. Always try to build a rapport with those around you. The closer you are, the freer you’ll be to exchange ideas and the better you’ll work off the other people in a scene.

Never direct another actor. If what he does is incorrect in your judgment, discreetly mention it to the director. However, do so only if what he is doing affects you. If you are the lead in the play, don’t treat the lesser characters as lesser actors or as lesser human beings. The scene you play with the milkman is as important as the scene you play with the queen, and Johnathan is as human as Kathleen.

As far as the stage manager is concerned, he is the lightning rod to your bolts of thunder. His job is a damn hard one. Treat him with respect and deference. If he asks you to do something, do it.

The same is true of the stage crew and all the people working on the show. Being the lead is no excuse for arrogance and incivility. These people, like you, are there to do a good job. Let them

If you keep the four virtues listed above close to your heart, divergent opinions will not impair your work. When in doubt, remember what the Stoics said: “People are disturbed not by things, but by the views they take of things.”

“In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!”
— Woody Allen

“All I ask is that there be music and that the music serves to support the emotional values discovered by the actors.” – Sam Shepard