Featured Artist: The Actual Dance

This Featured Artist is Presenting:

The Actual Dance

Can you describe how you go about making your work?

Improv is the source of my creative impulse. It is a form of story telling and there is a technique of improvising a story, writing it down and performing. I have learned to find creative collaborators — directors, lighting designers, musicians, dramaturg — who take my written words and stories and animate them in ways that amaze me and create unique experiences for audiences.

What drives you as an artist/company?

It is how I sing in the world. The intersection of art and meaning has enabled me to create art that animates in audiences life altering insights and emotions. I like to call it: “Theater of Meaning” What does life and love really mean? Theater helps audience begin to understand their own answers.

How did you begin making work?

Improv and community theater. But most specifically working with Artistic New Directions in New York, and learning from improvisors such as Gary Austin and Michael Gelman, and others like Carol Fox Prescott and playwright Jeffry Sweet. I attended summer workshops in the Catskills and gain the confidence to create my own work..

One thing our readers might not know about you?

I am an original (Ralph) Nader Raider, lawyer and public advocate.

One thing our readers might not know about your work?

There is Original Music and now a Song based on the story that features Lora Lee Gayer.

What do you most like about the work you will present at this year’s festival?

It is a — my– love story that I get to embody again!

Why should audience members choose you?

It will make them laugh, cry and cheer!

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Have you ever performed in a fringe Festival before?

Describe your most memorable fringe Festival experience.

The member of the audience and wife who came to see it as a celebration of their 25th Wedding Anniversary

Have you ever been to Florida or Tampa before?

What are you most looking forward to about your visit?

The Audience.

What do you hope to get from presenting on the Tampa Fringe?

Moments of audience transformation.

Why did you choose the Tampa Fringe?

A first Fringe will have special moments. A first for me as well — that is my first, first.

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Describe the context of your work and where you come from?

The work is auto-biographical. It came from what I thought was gong to be the most difficult moment in my life; and out of that has come instead a discovery my own purpose in life. This is what I was meant to do.

Where is home and what is it like?

McLean, Virginia is a Washington, DC Suburb; my artistic home though is New York City and the good people at Artistic New Directions (Now called AND Theater Company)

Anything else you would like to say?

“There is a Dance, a Dance that one day each and every one of us will Dance.” is the opening line of The Actual Dance. Come learn what that means and find out what love and life really mean! See The Actual Dance in the Tampa International Fringe Festival.