January 17, 2015

Inspiration, What Art Means to You

Through the Arts, All Things are Possible

On Thursday, January 15, I crossed an artistic experience off my bucket list–I performed a monologue in front of an audience and faculty at Studio Theatre-Acting Conservatory! This was an exhilarating experience, which wrapped up a 15-week Actor’s Process class with Colette Yglesias Silver.  My biggest hesitation before hitting ‘send’ on my application was the fact that the class culminated with performing a monologue in front of an audience! However, I also knew that it would be an adventurous journey that would take me out of my comfort zone, connect me to others, and teach me something new.   I had no idea that practicing a monologue involved rehearsing with a scene partner, let alone multiple hours rehearsing outside of class! And, it was difficult running lines at home because my 5-year-old was confused by my monologue, ‘ You’re not married to David, you’re married to Papa!’ and my 11-month old was too easy to please.

Every last rehearsal paid off because all of my classmates upped the ante during our performances, and it was beautiful to partake in and witness! Silver shared real processes for us to use in order to keep our nerves in check. For example, when your turn was up to perform your monologue, you were responsible for setting up your props, while your scene partner was responsible for setting up your furniture. During our final rehearsal, I remember fumbling over my props, trying to get set up as quickly as possible. However, Silver reframed this transition between scenes as a time to calm down and concentrate, even though we should still move quickly. This helped tremendously, and validated the importance of processes and rituals in all aspects of life, work, and everything in between.

The learning process is continuous, and the Spring semester begins on February 9 – June 9, 2015. Additionally, all are welcome to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, which will be held on May 11, 2015.

Art empowers, teaches, improves self-esteem and builds community

What artistic class or experience are you finally going to ‘say yes’ to this year?  Please share in the comments below!

Jacqueline Lara is president of Mpact PR, LLC, which develops messaging and conducts media relations for nonprofits, entrepreneurs and artists. As creative architect and events producer of The ArtFullness Project, Lara explores creative processes and blogs about the intersection of art and business.