Center: Steve Winter
Yesterday, I took part in a monologue workshop with Steve Winter, the Head of the Old Vic New Voices and Education Manager. I must say that Steve is one cool guy. Often, when attending workshops the instructor can be intimidating and the environment stifling. (It was a little stifling but the heater was the cause of that.) Steve was warm, positive and very encouraging. I found this quote from a TDF article, "In all the community work that we do, we're eager to get to know our local people," says Winter. "They are our future audiences, and if we nurture them they'll come back." It is that nurturing quality that everyone felt in the room. It made me a better actor and everyone else as well. The biggest lesson he taught us was to take full advantage of those few precious seconds we have in an audition to reveal a little bit about ourselves through our dramaturgical knowledge of the monologue chosen and why it resonates with us.