Recently a local theater whitewashed the role of a black slave in Arthur Miller's, "The Crucible." There was protest from myself and other members in the community. The local newspaper thought it was an important discussion to begin and asked for interviews, and wrote up an article. On the online article there is a comment… Continue reading Skin. Part 3
A little background. A local community theater group, (Olean Theatre Workshop), recently did an almost all female production of Arthur Miller's, The Crucible. In The Crucible, for those who may not be familiar, is a character named Tituba who is a black slave and calls for black actress to play the role. Olean Theatre Workshop casted… Continue reading Whitesplained
I still remember my first genuine compliment I received as a performer. Not from a family member, friend, or community member who knew me personally, but from a complete stranger who connected to me purely from an audience standpoint. I was thirteen, and it was the first time I had played Ms. Hannigan in the… Continue reading I’d Like To Thank the Academy……(And Everybody Else.)
Growing up, I remember that on television and in the movies there weren’t any protoganist that were non-white. If there was a character who was non-white, it was usually the one token black guy who served as comedic relief and/or the poor friend. Shows like “Family Matters” and “Sister, Sister” were so important. They gave… Continue reading You’re a Hero, Mindy.
Here is a quick lesson in how you get into character when acting. Knowing your lines is a good place to start. In order to get into character you must first know your character. (The quicker you know your lines, the more time you have to act your character in rehearsals. You cannot learn your… Continue reading Tips on Getting Into Character for Actors.