Forum on a Career in Theater

Forging a career in the arts can be a daunting prospect.  In addition to all the individual personal qualities a person must bring to the effort—patience and perseverance among the most important—the ability to connect and learn from others is vital.  A public forum this weekend, presented by the Monterey County Theater Alliance, will offer anyone interested in a career in theater a unique opportunity to find out more about how to chart a successful path as a working theater artist.  Whether you are an aspiring actor or director, set designer or costumer, students, their parents, and community members of all ages will benefit from this one-time event.  This forum is also an excellent example of the kind of collaborative community work performed by the MCTA, which works hard to promote the quality, diversity and community of local live theatre and theatre artists throughout Monterey County.

The panel will feature Elizabeth Broderson, Director of Education for San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), William Wolak, Professor Emeritus at the University of the Pacific, Gary Bolen, Chairman of the Theater Department at Monterey Peninsula College, and Melissa Chin-Parker, Artistic Program Director of The Western Stage at Hartnell College.  Teresa Del Piero, President of the MCTA, will moderate.

The four panelists and moderator will offer firsthand insights into the skills and steps needed for growing and sustaining a career in theater.  A question-and-answer session will follow.

One of the first steps in making one’s hopes and dreams a reality is talking with others who have shared the same dream.  I highly recommend this event.

Where: Portola Hotel & Spa, Two Portola Plaza (Bonsai One, Lobby Level), Monterey.

When: Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 AM –1:00 PM. Doors open 10:30 AM.

Cost: $10.00/person, MCTA members $5.00.

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