After Juilliard | Juilliard Drama 50: The Readiness is All


–What I’ve left with, from this school,
is a community that’s much bigger out in the world, and it’s great that the school
constantly reminds us of that. ♫ ♫ ♫
[gentle upbeat music] –You know, when you’re sort of released out into
the world, there is this wild sort of invisible string that connects all the
alums together, whether they’re aware of it or not. –And to this day when we see
each other, I think there’s a real strong brotherhood and sisterhood. –There’s the shared experience of your time at the school that nobody else
understands, and we always used to think of it like, you know…sort of like you’ve
been at war with somebody, right? You come back, and you have those stories of what
it was like and nobody else can understand. –It’s, you know, it is a
big crazy family [laugh] in a big weird mansion at, like, Lincoln Center.
And we did a lot of crazy … there. –I always look forward to
working with Juilliard people, like, if one gets cast in a play that I’m
in or a TV shoot or something, and it’s another Julliard person I feel like
right away we have a nice common language and we
sort of trust each other. We trust that this person is going to be present and
competent and interesting and interested. –My experience here was brilliant right
now. My experience was brilliant because it gave me every, every step that I
needed to get to the place that I am in now. –Now that we’re in the fourth year,
we’re moving into the industry side of things, and you always need someone else
to help you with auditions and it’s sort of like this “I’ll do one for you, you do
one for me” thing. –You have to have the long game
in mind, because even if you are successful there
are ups and downs. If you’re not a name, you can still have
a wonderful career working all the time. –Then I started to become proactive and I
created my own future. I was also flexible enough to not insist on it
being acting. –So now I’m an artistic director. I run a theater that’s
connected to a school. –Through my doctoral work, created a new methodology
within the the field of psychology, called Embodied Theater Ecology. And it’s
actually following that path of love uh, which what came up for me in
grad school was theater nature and the body. –I’ve had a very successful career
as a dialect coach, and I would not have had that without my training, and what I
really want to put out there for the kids that are there now is to say there
are a lot of roads that actually might even make you happier. –A, uh, a tear came to my eye,
because I had been out of it so long and said, “Well, who remembers me?” But… the school remembers me,
and I remember the school. –There’s an
incredible loyalty that this school somehow… Ah, what’s the word I’m looking for? –Engenders
–Engenders in you. –Community is what Jim Houghton was
trying to create here, you know, because it was a brilliant school, but he
wanted a stronger sense of community –He said you know we
want you to know that you’re welcome and that you’re part of the
family, part of this community, whether you were here for four years or one year or
six months, and that we know that a lot of you left with…never wanting to come
back and we want you to be able to come back. We want you to know the doors are
open. We want you—he literally said this! He said we want you to be able
to tell your story and heal some of those wounds. –In my romantic heart, I
think of the American transcendentalists, I think of us, I say, you know what? We
gathered always around a conversation that said let’s inspire each other. And
every time we gather with each other, I walk away inspired
just like it was all time. ♫ ♫ ♫
[gentle upbeat music]

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