Profiles

The Architecture of Antaeus Theatre Company

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“Theatre isn’t just about us. It’s about serving the community. We are here to serve.” ~John Sloan The room is quiet. Empty. Just myself and Co-Artistic Directors John Sloan and Bill Brochtrup (Rob Nagle was not available) are seated in the atheneum, where everything from meetings to rehearsals to classes are conducted. There’s privacy. So it’s not a normal day. Routine, as both men vividly describe, are laughable, theatrical antics that tend to overlap in the compressed space. How ...

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The Bronco.  The Glove.  The Juice.

October 3rd, 2015 marked twenty years since the world tuned in to watch O.J. Simpson receive his “not guilty” verdict.  The drama surrounding the trial was intoxicating with twists and turns which shocked the courtroom on a daily basis.  But, despite being a memorable courtroom drama, O.J.’s trial shed a light once again on race, police brutality and what it means to have a fair ...

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A Conversation with Vanessa and French Stewart

Vanessa and French Stewart

Vanessa:  French thinks of LA Theater like farming. I think of it like cooking. Both metaphors are about creating something from nothing.  Growing up in the kitchens of Louisiana, I would try one of my mother’s recipes over and over again until I got it right. And getting it right meant people walking away from the dinner table having experienced something special. No wonder that ...

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Celebration Theatre: Welcome to the Hood!

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Within 15 minutes of Celebration Theatre announcing the location of its new home, the Lex Theatre at Lexington Ave & McCadden, Hollywood Theatre Row, artistic director Michael Shepperd was immediately greeted by a welcome email from Jon Imparato at the Los Angeles LGBT Center right down the street. He very subsequently also received a direct order:  “Come to one of my shows…(expletive)!” — a largely ...

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Jon Mullich

There are thousands upon thousands of people coming out of high schools and colleges all over America every year that are determined to pursue a life as an ACTOR! Parents cry, friends smile, family wonders how long they’re going to have to support the lunacy. For most, in short order it becomes apparent that it’s not all fun and games, it’s hardly glamorous, and with ...

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Deborah S. Craig

You know that indescribable quality that defines a “star”?  Sometimes it is labeled as charisma or sex appeal and other times you just can’t put your finger why someone is extraordinary.  Well, if you spend any amount of time with Deborah S. Craig you’ll get a sense of what I am talking about plus you’ll probably laugh your ass off. “I started acting because people ...

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Patty McCormack

A stint of much needed rain was falling outside The Whitefire Theatre when a petite woman ducked inside the lobby.  She was wearing a bright pink shirt under her coat that  popped her piercing blue eyes.  The same blue eyes that helped her win the role as Rhoda Penmark in the 1956 classic film, The Bad Seed.  As she threw her bags down on the ...

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Lee Sankowich on the Zephyr Theatre

In the current climate of “NO!” within the 99-seat theater community, Wendy MacLeod’s “The House of Yes” is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a revival at the Zephyr Theatre. Directed by the Zephyr’s Producing Artistic Director Lee Sankowich, this black comedy marks a return in more ways than just the play itself, but also for Sankowich, whose gusty career has been much like what the ...

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“Properties of Silence” and Women’s Voices at the Pasadena Playhouse

“I walk beneath your pens, and am not what I truly am, but what you’d prefer to imagine me.” ― Juana Inés de la Cruz It is easy enough to claim that in our country, women have made great strides towards equality. Even now, this debate is still being fiercely waged as the constructs of feminism includes intersectionality of race and sexuality, along with gender. It ...

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24th Street Theatre Answers the Question: What is Theatre?

It all started with a simple question from an inquisitive young boy strolling past the open doors of a converted 1928 carriage house on the corner of 24th STreet and Hoover, just as Jay McAdams and his wife Debbie Devine were on a ladder hanging their light grid in their recent new home. “What is theatre?” Since Aristotle’s “Poetics,” dramaturges, critics, artists and audiences alike ...

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