“I went into our first class expecting to hate every single tick of my Rolex until 9:30 pm … but surprised the hell out of myself by wishing my very reliable watch was less reliable. I came home from class wired for hours. It happens every class.
When I started the class, I did not speak in public. But now I’m finding my voice and I’m less afraid of it.
When I started the class, I did not want to be seen. But now I’ve stood alone on a stage and I can’t wait to be standing on that stage again.
When I started the class, I couldn’t write. Not a word. It wasn’t writer’s block. I could not create … and creativity is everything. But now I’ve submitted two short fiction pieces. I float in that feeling of lost time and lovely words and running out of toner.
Acting feeds my need to create – it is addictive. I want to learn more. I want to do more.”
(N. Campbell, Monday Night Acting Lab participant.)
And, Not Or | A podcast
And, Not Or is a conversational podcast created and curated by Jeffrey Puukka. Episodes consist of casual chats as well as five ritual questions with down-to-earth actors, creatives, and arts-educators who are indeed currently making, learning, and living a life in their disciplines. Listen for conversations meandering around:
Acting and theatre
Insights about actor training
Life stories and the wisdom from my conversation partners’ lived experience
The adventure of living life as a whole human
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Barbara Richardson on growing a nonprofit. – And, Not Or
Episode 1: A conversation with Lyra Butler-Denman.
In this episode, Lyra Butler-Denman reflects on her journey through her first self-produced solo production, “Bardo”, as we have a conversation about loss, grief, and making one’s own work. Lyra Butler-Denman is a Portland, Oregon based dancer, actor, and multidisciplinary artist.
Episode 2: A Conversation with Damon Millican.
In this episode, Portland based actor Damon Millican reflects on adventures from his life-long study of acting, and his role as a mental health advocate.
Episode 3: Nancy Campbell, A search for Authenticity.
In this conversation, Portland based writer and actor Nancy Campbell reflects on her very first acting class, the many twists and turns of her quest for authenticity in work and life, and how it was worthwhile for her to do the most frightening thing she could imagine.
Episode 4: Kevin Moore on emotion and the body.
This episode brings a conversation with Reembody Method founder Kevin Moore about the Reembody Method, memories from his experience as an actor, as well as some of the things he’s learned about the benefits of staying present, and what emotions can mean for the body.
Episode 5: Barbara Richardson on growing a nonprofit.
In this episode, a chat with Barbara Richardson, Executive director of Metropolitan Performing Arts, a growing academy, community theatre, and arts resource headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. Barbara reflects on the challenges and high points of her work, her vision for the organization during the Covid-19 quarantine and beyond, how she shoulders the epic task of leading a nonprofit day to day, and why she does it.