Jamie and Bob are artists’ producers. They are artists themselves so they understand us. They are great at giving guidelines and setting parameters for projects, but are also awesome at leaving room for growth, for creativity to flourish, for mistakes to be made, for people to be human, and to allow for projects to change from what they originally were into something different, and always better. Truant Arts did just that with Chaos Under Construction by setting up closed and open readings before heading into more solid rehearsals. Things definitely evolved with my group between our first and second open readings: parts were exchanged, edits were made, actors made different choices, characters were explored, direction got tighter. Bob and Jamie set meetings with all members of the festival to make sure we were supported through the process. They are best at keeping things rolling no matter what, and for knowing, finding, and bringing together a LOT of very talented actors, writers and directors.
Some of the best scripts I’ve worked on were written for Truant Arts’ festivals (some in less than 24 hours). There is always a final product that, more often than not, exceeds everyone's expectations. This is because Truant Arts sets you up for success. They ask for what they need from participating artists (generally just participation), but they run the show, and they give so much to the artists. They know how to produce--find the talent, get the rehearsal space, sell the tickets, get people in the seats and make evenings of great art come alive on stage. They are also great people who are so supportive, and they know other great supportive people. This allows them to bring a bunch of people together who enjoy and support each other's work. Working with awesome supportive people always leads to a better end product.
Truant Arts has become my home for creating rich work where I can take risks, because I know that Bob and Jamie, and the rest of the Truants, will be there to catch me if I fall, and will prop me right back on my feet to say, "You okay?! Cool! Let's try it again!”
I thank them for helping me live my dream of being an actor in NYC and I look forward with delight to continuing to work with them in the future.
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