The Soul of the American Actor

“We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh


Articles

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company

Black Theatre United

Mabou Mines

Theater J

Pangea World Theater

Round House Theatre

Bucks County Playhouse

Charleston Stage

Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

PURE Theatre Company

Ronald Rand’s “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

Virginia Stage Company

Constellation Theatre Company

League of Professional Theatre Women

Maryland Hall

BlackRock Center for the Arts

Great American Songbook Foundation & Academy

Kennedy Center REACH

Inter Act Art Theatre

“Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch” – Edwardian Period Style Salon

 

 

 

 

 

“This is perhaps the most noble aim of poetry, to attach ourselves to the world around us, to turn desire into love, to embrace, finally what always evades us, what is beyond, but what is always there – the unspoken, the spirit, the soul.”
– Octavio Paz

“You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams.”
– Gene Kelly

Maryland Ensemble Theatre

A short trip, north of the nation’s capital will bring you to the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) located in the city of Frederick, Maryland. It is fast becoming a “destination” with an Arts and Entertainment District where Maryland Ensemble Theatre stands out with an amazing professional theatre company. For more than 20 years, Maryland Ensemble Theatre has provided accessibility to high quality and thought-provoking theatre, helping to ensure local audiences witness great performances in their backyard.

Managing Director Kathryn Vicere and Producing Artistic Director Tad Janes sat down with “The Soul of the American Actor” to discuss how important a professional, collaborative theatre ensemble connects to the community by inspiring passion for the arts.

Ms. Vicere told us: “Everything that MET performs is meant to make Frederick County thrive with six MainStage shows and five family shows each season.  For the 2019-2020 season, MET was scheduled to produce “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage, “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker,” “The Ultimate Christmas Show” by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, “Admissions” by Joshua Harmon, “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches” by Tony Kushner and “The Legend of Georgia McBride” by Matthew Lopez.”

Mr. Janes said: “MET consists of thirty-eight artists, a staff of eight and fifteen board members who dedicate a massive amount of energy to make the theatre work. The facility is a hundred-seat black box theatre, a second stage seating sixty-two patrons, a classroom/rehearsal space, a sixteen-person dressing room, costume shop, scene shop, and our box office. MET first produced main-stage theatre in 1997, and originally the group first performed together with the creation of The Comedy Pigs sketch comedy/improv troupe in April of 1993. The group began teaching classes in acting and improvisation in 1995, piloted the MainStage program with the ensemble creation “Finally Heard! Heroines of an Uncivil War” in the summer of 1997, and we opened our first theatre space and a full season of plays in June of 1998.”

Ms. Vicere said: “All of the actors, directors, writers, musicians, technicians, and designers assist in all areas of production and administration.”

Maryland Ensemble Theatre also offers Comedy Nights from September to June, acting classes, summer camps for ages 7-16, a special Tiny Tots Mini-Camp for ages 3-6, and an after school program in partnership with the Frederick County public schools, the city of Frederick and Frederick County.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre doesn’t stop there. Also offered is Vet Arts Connect, a studio-style acting class free of charge for all veterans in the U.S. military and has also partnered with the Frederick County senior services division to offer theatre classes and workshops at all four county senior centers in Frederick, Urbana, Brunswick and Emmitsburg.

Mr. Janes shared: “MET is dedicated to the creation and production of extraordinary theatre art through the combined voices of a diverse ensemble of professional resident artists who are influential leaders in the community and visionaries in the art of theatre. MET strives to create a positive environment where artists and audience share an exciting, emotional, thought provoking theatre experience for our times and our community.”

Morgan Southwell, Christine Jacobs and Molly Parchment in ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ (photo: Joe Williams)

Ms. Vicere continued by saying: It’s a bright future for MET. We’re also launching a new Partner Restaurants Initiative, which promotes several locally-owned establishments within walking distance of MET so that before or after a show, and you can get a discount at the restaurants if you show your ticket to help downtown business owners.  And with financial assistance from the city, county and private foundations, MET will thrive going forward.

Recent MET MainStage productions included “Hand to God” by Robert Askins, directed by Tad Janes, “Let the Right One In,” adapted by Jack Thorned, directed by Julie Herber, “Who’s Holiday by Matthew Lombardo, directed by Gené Fouché, “Radium Girls,” by D.W. Gregory, directed by Gerard Stropnicky, “Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard, directed by Peter Wray, and “Pride & Prejudice by Katie Hamill, directed by Suzanne Beal. For more info: Maryland Ensemble Theatre 31 W. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701, (301) 694-4744, www.marylandensemble.org



"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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