Celebrating Victor Pappas

Shane Ann NYU Grad Acting

The amazing Victor Pappas, Associate Chair of NYU’s Graduate Acting program is retiring. We had a fantastic party for him on Tuesday night. The speeches from the alums, the faculty, and his friends were wonderful and the anecdotes reminded us of how much he means to everyone. In my speech, I mentioned some of the reasons I love him. One …

“Orpheus Descending” at NYU Grad Acting

Shane Ann Rehearsals

Today I was watching/listening to a rehearsal of “Orpheus Descending”. It is not as famous as “Streetcar” or “Suddenly Last Summer” or “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” but the language is powerful and the relationships are complex.  Williams’ attention to detail makes even the smallest character fascinating.  These characters have so many layers that they are a feast for …

Breathing…

Shane Ann Voice

I’ve been thinking about breathing. Why is that something so basic and something that we all do naturally, seems to be so difficult? When I was explaining the principles of breathing to my new class of private students last week, I was thinking how odd it was that I was explaining breathing. We’re alive so we must be breathing. But …