There a few teachers in the field of acting training who have both my experience (over four decades) and my understanding of human nature. I have the ability to make the student feel comfortable with me upon our first meeting. I leave my EGO at the door and create a relationship with the student that is built on trust. If you are willing to put in the work I will be your biggest cheerleader. I am more than a teacher - I am a mentor/life coach. If the student is willing to invest in the work I am willing to invest in the student and I will not stop working until the student has fulfilled her/his potential.
Art and creativity has been my life's work for over four decades. I am as excited about creating art today as I was when I started. There is nothing more invigorating than making SOMETHING out of NOTHING. All that is necessary for the creation of theater is the ACTOR. I love making magic happen with the performer and the empty space. We can travel to endless worlds in one space. Creating theater is akin to making miracles. I am rarely more alive than I am when I am working with actors.
What I loved about working with Lee was he that he made it safe for you to go as far as you needed to go in order to find yourself in the role you're playing. He also breaks down the importance of research and having an action for everything you do. Lee's love for the theater covers everything he works on and everything he touches, if you work with him you always know you are in great hands and always whether you're in class or passing him in the hallway, you always learn something.
I was able to learn structure in a scene and carry the lines into a authentic place. I felt relaxed and vulnerable in order to be the character in the scene.
He was a champion for his students. He let them experiment outside the mold. He set up opportunities for them to spread their wings. He did not make you stick to the formula if being different and more experimental was a better choice for you. He really took the time to figure out what each student needed and he supported that need. He set the student up for the best result for them not the school. He gave his students the confidence to succeed in their career.
If I hadn’t worked with Lee Richardson on my acting in any kind of capacity, I would not be the actor I am today. Lee pushes your artist to its fullest extent without tiring you. He makes you strive to perform better than the last time he’s saw you. Mr. Richardson has given me invaluable guidance of how to navigate the career I want as an actor of color. Through his own life experiences and inspirations, he inspires you. What I enjoyed most about working with Lee was how much he strictly cared about the work you were doing in rehearsal and while home. He made it clear that self-discipline is the only way to find tremendous success. Without Lee Kenneth Richardson, I would not be an actor.
Trust is extremely important when working with a new students. I am a down to earth teacher and I have spent a great deal of time in teaching enviornments and have gained amazing skills in putting the student at ease so that their talent can shine through. With four decades of experience teaching students under my belt, I have gained the ability to look into the eyes of the student and see the magic that exists in their souls. I know this sounds "kinda new - agey" but I don't know how to describe it otherwise. If the student has "talent" and I have not come across a student who doesn't, I will be able to nuture, challenge and develope their skills. I am extremely supportive in my work with students. My goal is to get the student to see that I have faith in them so that they will show the best of themselves to me,
MFA in Acting (Mason Gross School of the Arts).
!0 years as Associate Professor Temple University Drama Department.
Taught acting, directing at Rutgers University, Oberlin College, Spellman College.
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