Polly Firestone Walker - Resident Artist
Theater is about joy: the joy of storytelling, the joy of creation, the joy of connection. In 1st Year Acting, the classroom is a space in which to explore and discover that sense of joy within each artist. It is a space in which we can all experiment and take risks, using intellect, imagination and intuition to take the words off a page and create three-dimensional living characters that exist in truth. In the classroom, I encourage the students to listen to each other, not just with the ears, but with all the senses. I help the student discover truth in action, helping them uncover the specificity and detail that brings a story to life.
On a practical level, my goal in 1st Year Acting is to help the students build a solid framework within which to work, allowing them to create and then re-create a character and tell a story over and over again. They will learn the myriad tools available to every actor. As actors we use the mind on multiple levels, living fully in the present of the world we have created, while simultaneously aware of the practicalities of live performance.
Theater is a passion and a joy and a vocation and a lot of very hard work. It is an art that energizes and enthralls, and I am grateful to share it with audiences in a theater, as well as students in a classroom.