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Making Good on the Vision

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Blog, March 2013 | 0 comments

Making Good on the Vision

The need for training in the dramatic arts in Zim has always weighed heavily on my conscience. There is such a palpable passion for the arts, committed artists, just never quite an environment where talents can be nurtured to their fullest bloom. The vision is to cultivate a new approach to the dramatic arts on Zimbabwean soil, to bring about not only the highest level of training but also a new environment of professionalism for the work that is at hand. Patience and I recognize this is a long term goal, that we are at the very foundational level of what we envision. The desire to bring the best experts in their respective fields to Zimbabwe and have them not only teach but design curriculum goes hand in hand with the ultimate goal, to create a world class dramatic arts conservatory that runs on Zimbabwean soil. The influence of my alma mata, the great Tisch NYU Graduate Acting program is going to reign supreme in how I approach this growth. Zelda Fichandler, arguably one of America’s greatest dramatic artists, the founder of the Arena Stage and possibly of American Repetory theater as a whole; recreated that program into the formidable leader in Acting training it became twenty odd years ago. Her approach, which I will continue to study, was to create a mindset, a philosophy, an approach to the craft and then carefully bring in instructors, from all different realms of the dramatic arts, who espoused that same philosophy and understood her vision and goal for the artists they would develop. She then selected over several years, a very particular type of artist, one with a raw ability and a fearlessness in their creative pursuit. She then invested in each and every one of them deeply and specifically.

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A Raisin in the Zimbabwean Sun

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Blog, March 2013 | 0 comments

A Raisin in the Zimbabwean Sun

It all began with a discussion about our next production, following the success of the play ‘Eclipsed’ by Danai Gurira, which had been our first full production since we founded Almasi in December of 2011. I was eager for us to produce and stage a full production of Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ with a Zimbabwean cast. I felt the universal theme of dreams deferred was very relevant in a Zimbabwean context and that staging such a play at this time would resonate with a Zimbabwean audience.

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