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“To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.”  
– Marlon Brando

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
– Helen Keller

“The theatre should be treated with respect. The theatre is a wonderful place, a house of strange enchantment, a temple of illusion.”
– Noel Coward

“Cultivate an ever continuous power of observation...see the sunlight and everything that is to be seen.”
– John Singer Sargent

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
– T.S. Eliot

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
– Harriet Tubman

“Feel is if you are reborn each day and rediscover the world of nature which are joyfully a part.”
– Pablo Casals, at the age of 96

“The secret of all natural and human law is movement that meets with devotion”
– I Ching

“You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.”
– Richard Bach

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
– Wilma Rudolph

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
– William Faulkner

“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
– Ernest Hemingway:

“Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
– President Lyndon B. Johnson

“My favorite piece of music is the one we hear all the time if we are quiet.”
– John Cage

“In a moment of grace, we can grasp eternity in the palm of our hand. This is the gift given to creative individuals who can identify with the mysteries of life through art.”
– Marcel Marceau:

“Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”
– Ludwig van Beethoven

“Use your knowledge, and your heart, to stand up for those who can't stand, speak for those who can't speak, be a beacon of light.”
– Julie Andrews

“...Beneath the surface of an ordinary everyday normal casual conscious existence there lies a vast dynamic world of impulse and dream...”
– Robert Edmond Jones

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett

“Transform the work, yourself, and everybody around you...Kindness is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow upon another. If someone is in need, lend them a helping hand. Do not wait for a thank you. True kindness lies within the act of giving without the expectation of something in return.”
– Katharine Hepburn

“Being an actor is a religious calling because you've been given the ability, the gift to inspire humanity.”
– Sandy Meisner

“Whenever you are reading beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.”
– Alice Walker

“The only reason to write is from love.”
– Stephen Sondheim

“To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.”
– Georgia O’Keefe

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
– Albert Schweitzer

“A word does not start as a word – it is an end product which begins as an impulse, stimulated by attitude and behavior which dictates the need for expression.”
– Peter Brook

“The power of art is the power of truth.”
– Julian Beck

“The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.”
– Leonard Bernstein

“In the long history of man, countless empires and nations have come and gone. Those which created no lasting works of art are reduced today to short footnotes in history's catalog. Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
– President Lyndon B. Johnson

“If you take the trouble to really listen (to the music) with your soul and with your ears - and I say soul and ears because the mind must work, but not too much also - you will find every gesture there. And it is all true, you know.”
– Maria Callas

About Us

The Soul of the American Actor is a Theatre Artists' Newspaper
published quarterly.

Ronald Rand
Founder, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Janice Berliner
Eastern Coast Bureau Chief

Contributing Writers:
Sue Feinberg

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U.S. Goodwill Cultural Ambassador/International Performing Artist

A celebrated International Director, Mr. Rand’s production of “LUV” continues to run into its 4th year at Sarajevo’s Chamber Theatre 55 in Bosnia & Herzegovina with Zana Marjanovic (star of Angelina Jolie’s film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey), Moamer Kasumovic and Muhamed Hadzovic.

U.S. State Dept./CIES Fulbright Specialist, Author – “Acting Teachers of America.” Mr. Rand founded this Newspaper in 1998.

Currently in the 18th year, Mr. Rand performs his internationally-acclaimed solo play, "LET IT BE ART! Harold Clurman's Life of Passion" as Harold Clurman around the world.

"LET IT BE ART!" has received two critically-acclaimed runs Off-Broadway at the Century Center of the Performing Arts and the ArcLight Theatre in New York City. Audiences world-wide have given this celebrated play standing ovations in 23 countries, and 20 states across America at over 100 theaters, international festivals and conferences, universities, colleges, and schools. "LET IT BE ART!” is a NYFA sponsored project, and was directed by Gregory Abels in 2001. Presently, Ronald Rand is Managing Director of all tours of "LET IT BE ART!"

In 2017, Ronald Rand was chosen by the U.S. State Department & World Learning as the first Fulbright Specialist to teach at the Taller de Teatro of Paysandú, Uruguay sharing Stanislavsky's "Method of Physical Actions" Chart in fur 7 hour Master Acting Workshops. He also performed his solo play, "LET IT BE ART!" twice (with Spanish sub-titles), and became the first American director to direct an adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-prize winning play, "Our Town" in Paysandú at the Aras Theatre, translated into Spanish by Ilse Olivera (a language he does not speak), with several gifted actors of Paysandú. Five articles about Mr Rand appeared in the largest newspaper of Paysandu, "Diario El Telegrafo," and he gave radio interviews on the two largest radio stations in Paysandú.

In 2015, Ronald Rand was chosen by the U.S. State Department/CIES as the first Fulbright Specialist to teach for six weeks at the University of Malaya’s Cultural Centre.

In 2013, Mr. Rand was chosen as the first Fulbright Specialist to teach for six weeks at the University of Sarajevo’s Academy of Dramatic Arts. 

During 2015, the Malaysian Ministry of Arts & Culture invited Mr. Rand as the first American to perform and teach across Malaysia at their State Theaters in Ipoh, Alor Setar and Kuala Terengganu. He was also a Visiting Guest Professor in Kuala Lumpur at the National Arts Culture and Heritage Academy, Islamic International State University, and Universiti Teknologi Mara.

During 4 tours across India, Mr. Rand has performed and been a Visiting Guest Professor at Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares Academy in Mumbai, Jaipur’s Manipal University, University of Mysore, Bangalore’s Christ University (performing in their International Baptizer Festival (also as a Judge of the Festival), Auroville’s Aurobindo Auditorium, Chilsag Chilies Acting Academy, Alliance française de Delhi Auditorium, Pondicherry University, University of Calicut, New Delhi’s Nehru University, Mumbai’s Bhavans College, New Delhi’s R.K. Films & Media Academy, and the Cpracsis Association for Asian Performance's International Theatre Conference on Body, Space and Technology in Performance at St. Thomas College, in Kerala.

He was the first American invited to perform in Zimbabwe's BAFA International Arts Festival (co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy), "Voices of History" International Theatre Festival (Vologda, Russia), Bareilly International Theatre Festival (India), MerCoSur International Theatre Festival (performing in Paysandu’s Teatro Florencio Sanchez-Uruguay), Bangkok's Patravadi Theatre, Johannesburg’s National School of Arts Fame Festival (South Africa), Last Frontier Theatre Conference-Alaska, and invited as the first solo play at Harold Clurman Festival of the Arts-New York City (USA).

Around the world, Mr. Rand also has performed in “LET IT BE ART” and taught at Paris's Cinemateque Theatre, in the Palace Dar el-Majzen-Casbah of the Medina at Tangier's International Intermediality Theatre Conference, Minsk's Palace of Culture of the Trade Unions Theatre-Belarus, Sarajevo's International Winter Festival, Colombia's International Theatre Festival of Peace, Kathmandu International Theatre Festival-Nepal, Buenos Aires' Kafka Theatre, London’s Spiro Ark Theatre, Sarajevo’s International M.E.S.S Festival (also as a Judge of the Festival), Frankfurt’s Internationales Theatre, Eskisehir’s State Municipal Theatre-Turkey, Georgian International Festival of Arts-GIFT-Tbilisi, Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Valdez, Alaska), New England Theatre Conference’s Convention, Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention, and International Festival of Making Theatre-Athens.

Across America, his performances include North Coast Repertory Theatre, Cape May Stage, Tucson’s Invisible Theatre, Anchorage’s Cyrano’s Theatre, Jean-Claude van Itallie's "Shantigar", Stella Adler Academy-LA (Irene Gilbert Theatre, William Esper Studio, Orange County Community College, Maggie Flanigan Studio, Pace University, Villanova University, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Players Club, Penny Templeton Studio, Neighborhood Playhouse, and the Episcopal Actors Guild of America.

An Adjunct Professor of Acting at Pace University for four years, Mr. Rand now teaches as a Visiting Guest Professor sharing his unique master acting workshop, "Art of Transformation" across the globe in 23 countries and 20 states, including Anadolu University-Eskisehir-Turkey, Belarusian State University-Tbilisi, Georgia, University of Zagreb's Academy of Dramatic Art, Georgian International Festival of Arts-GIFT-Tbilisi, and across America at New York University, Louisiana State University, Lycoming College, University of Missouri-Columbia, Syracuse University, San Diego University, Orange County Community College.

Mr. Rand has appeared in over 200 films and TV shows including "The Emperor's Club," “In & Out" opposite Kevin Kline, "Jerky Boys," "Another You," as President Nixon in "Rude Awakening" and "Quiz Show" directed by Robert Redford, “When in Rome” opposite Angelica Huston, as Mercedes Ruehl's husband on "Law & Order," "Third Watch," as Milton Sterns in "A Marriage-O’Keefe and Steiglitz" (American Playhouse) opposite Jane Alexander & Christopher Plummer; "Homeless" opposite Yoko Ono; on "Saturday Night Live," "All My Children," "As the World Turns," "One Life to Live," and "Guiding Light."

Mr. Rand is the internationally acclaimed author of "CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live" published by Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, featuring over 100 rare interviews — actors, artists, dancers, directors, musicians, composers, mime artists and clowns, playwrights, and writers — sharing insights on the process of creativity and the importance of the arts for humankind.

Among the rare interviews inside Ronald Rand’s “CREATE!” include F. Murray Abraham, Patch Adams, Edward Albee, Carol Burnett, Ellen Burstyn, Dick Cavett, Carol Channing, Kelsey Grammer, Anna Halprin, Julie Harris, Bill T. Jones, Chaka Khan, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Robert Lepage, Christopher Plummer, Harold Prince, Tony Randall, Phylicia Rashad, Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen, and Elie Wiesel sharing their insights on creating art, shining a light on the inner world of the creative economy and highlights, with their words and art, these individuals' important contributions to our nation’s and world’s culture.

“CREATE!” also includes over 150 full-color paintings, photographs and artwork including Al Hirschfeld, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Martha Carpenter, Tim Stevenson, Tommy Tune, Sir Derek Walcott, Michael Shane Neal, Stephen Lang, and Robert Wilson.

He is also the best-selling author of a second book, "Acting Teachers of America," which includes photos by Luigi Scorcia -- the most comprehensive book published about today's influential acting teachers in the United States.

His Off-Broadway debut in "Julius Caesar" at BAM with Richard Dreyfuss, George Rose, Thomas Hulce and Rene Auberjunois was followed by numerous Off-Broadway appearances including "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Classical Theatre of Harlem), "Servant of Two Masters" directed by Stuart Vaughan, Hamm in "Endgame," directed by Joseph Chaikin; "Conversation with a Kleagle," the lead in Goldoni's "The Liar;" First Gravedigger in "Hamlet"; leads in several of Bernard Shaw's plays; and all three male roles in "Perfect Crime". He toured for five months throughout Europe as the Fool in "King Lear" with Tom McGowan.

He created, co-produced and appeared with Marian Seldes, Elizabeth Ashley, Jayne Atkinson, David Margulies, and Rosemary Harris in the Schueur Book Series at The Jewish Museum in New York City.

Mr. Rand starred in "LUV" at The Barnstormers Theatre in New Hampshire, and at the Mirror Repertory’s Greensboro Arts Alliance Summer Stock Theatre as the Stage Manager in “Our Town,” Polonius in “Hamlet,” and as Captain Keller in “The Miracle Worker.”

Mr. Rand has written the libretto for his new opera, "IBSEN," with music by German composer Harmut von Lieres, and is now under consideration by a major Opera House in Europe.

His other plays include "Consequences," "Ode to the Moon," "The Site of Human Life," and "The Group!" about the life of the Group Theatre (World Premiere-Northern Illinois University). "The Group!" has also received presentations at The York Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, and The Actors Studio. Mr. Rand's play "Consequences" was given a Staged Reading by the Nebraska Repertory Theatre at Edward Albee's First Great Plains Theatre Conference & his play “Just Drive” was given a Staged Reading at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference.

As a producer, he presented the U.S. premiere of Spain’s most controversial playwright, Inigo Ramirez de Haro’s most controversial play at La MaMa, a tribute to Harold Clurman and Robert Whitehead at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and at The Players Club in New York City: Ruby Dee, Irene O'Garden and Sandy Rochelle in "An Evening of Exceptional Poets," "An Evening with Vijay Tendulkar," "Vivien Leigh", "H.L. Mencken," "Cirque Jacqueline," Vinie Burrows as "Rose McClendon," "Jane Austen," and new plays by Dale Wasserman and Ty Jones.

Mr. Rand’s mentors include Stella Adler (over 5 years), Harold Clurman, Joseph Chaikin, Richard Schechner, Robert Lewis and Jerzy Grotowski Lewis.

Committed to the vision of his teachers, Harold Clurman and Stella Adler, Ronald Rand created this newspaper, THE SOUL OF THE AMERICAN ACTOR in 1998.

EASTERN COAST BUREAU CHIEF is an award-winning radio news anchor and talk-show host. She has broadcast business news for CNBC Business Radio,  WINS-AM New York, WTOP-AM/FM Washington, DC and the Voice of America.  She was honored with major news awards from the Associated Press, the American Cancer Society and received a special Legislative Resolution from the New York State Assembly.  Janice has also hosted hundreds of talk shows and has interviewed major newsmakers including: former U.S. Senators Chris Dodd, Joseph Lieberman, Al D'Amato and many other congressional members as well as celebrities such as former First Lady Barbara Bush, singer Harry Belafonte and actress Cicely Tyson.  She also was a Traffic Reporter for Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network where she broadcast traffic reports on major Washington DC/Baltimore radio stations for eight years.  Janice is also a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and holds certifications from the National Council of Strength and Fitness, AFAA and Les Mills(Body Flow) and has been a Gold's Gym Group Fitness Instructor for over 14 years.  Prior to becoming a news broadcaster and fitness instructor,  Janice taught dance classes and won best in the country in jazz dance from the Dance Educators of America.  She has also appeared with the Joe Michaels Dancers in major Miami Beach hotels including the Diplomat and the Carillon.  She graduated from Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables, FL and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University where she majored in Film, Television and Radio.  Janice has been the East Coast Bureau Chief for "The Soul of the American Actor" for 20 years.


SUE FEINBERG - ASSOCIATE EDITOR & CONTRIBUTING WRITER - with the Around the Town Productions: Founding Member, Writer and Producer; Associate Producer of "The Loft" Off-Off-Broadway; Guest Speaker: American & Australian Film Distribution; The School of Continuing Education, Melbourne, Australia; Bond University Queensland, Australia. Press-Publicity for: The Westside Repertory Company; "Fahrenheit 451," Wings Theatre; "Blood Dues," The Acting Studio; "The Sensualist," Arts Theatre; Neal Marshad Productions. A Contributing Writer for: Theatre Network News, Encore, Broadcast Magazine, NY Now, Here Magazine, Beau Gest Publishing, The Stage, The People, Plays and Players, The Mirror, Manhattan Mirror, The Australian Consolidated Press, Theatre/Opera Australasia, Cinefantastique, TV World, Time Out New York, Meridian's Lifestyle, Theatricalities, Theatre & Music Notes. 

Doug BarronDOUG BARRON (Plaza desktop publishing) - DESIGN, LAYOUT & ADs: printed newspaper & online website and many of the advertisements which appear in both. Doug has specialized in work for the theatre for over 25 years designing graphics, desktop publishing, typesetting, websites and now photography since 1989, for various theatre and dance companies. Located in midtown at Manhattan Plaza, as Doug is also a professional actor.  It is this unique perspective that has given him a special understanding to the needs & budgets of the New York theatrical community.  Plaza is a recipient of a 1996 ART/NY Local Hero Award. and


"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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