Week 15 | Artist 15: Created to Create 2016 | Tritano Evans, Teaching Artist
Tritano Evans worked as an Adjunct Professor of English Language and Literature at Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan for five years before founding Tritop Creative Company. He is a motivatonal Teacher, performance artist and the author of the fantasy e-novel The Genesis Encounter. He is also a world traveller with extensive experience in East and South East Asia. Tritano has written and edited articles on cultural relativism, media art, theater art, and popular culture. His work has been featured in several publications including Groove Magazine (South Korea), TheaterScene.net (New York), and Amalgamation Magazine (Los Angeles). Mr. Evans received a distinguished Certificate of Appreciation for Editing from the Korea Economic Daily. Speaking engagements and clients include Avalon English Academy, Incheon Culture and Arts Center, Gacheon University, the Miles College Upward Bound Program, and many others. Tritano is a Television, Film, and Theater Artist. In 2004 he was an Artist in Residence at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and as a candidate for Actors Equity Association worked actively in the Boston and New York theater communities; he performed at Boston New Repertory Theater and Off-Broadway at the Walker Theater. In 2007, he made history in South Korea as the first Black American to be featured in a national TV commercial. In the 2008-09 television season he was a contract player on the popular English language Korean Network (MBC-TV) program, "Surprise", appearing in 19 episodes. He was also featured in a network documentary traveling to westcoast Korean islands to chronicle the teaching of the English language across the Korean Peninsula. Tritano later appeared on Japanese TV in a miniseries and performed for two seasons (2010-2012) with Tokyo International Players, the oldest English language theater company in Asia. He now serves as an Advisor to the Board of Directors. He currently produces and hosts, The Tritano Show, an online travel and variety program. Tritano brings more than 10 years of experience and holds an MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University. Currently he is on a mission to promote the arts and creative education in inner city schools and to spread the message of Global Participation ©.
Where were you born?
Los Angeles, CA.
Where do you live/work?
Los Angeles, CA.
What fuels your desire to act?
My desire to act has evolved. It started as an ego-centered motivation. That was good for developing my self concept through the juxtaposition of fictional characters. However, now, I've integrated the technique with my lifestyle. With more self-awareness I want to act just to tell a story. There's no attachment. It's purely for the work.
The best thing about being an artist is...
Being an artist is an opportunity. I get to express myself in the most unusual and creative ways and people get why I'm doing it. Also, the opportunity to feel. To really feel. To do my work I have to use my imagination and my senses. That's the work. As an artist, my job is to examine life deeply and use the information to reflect experience back to people. Many job descriptions don't include that. So being an artist is a terrific sensual opportunity.
The biggest obstacle in working with self is?
Allowing my self to grow into what my imagination pictures it to be without judgement. It's the same as if an actor judges their character. With that playing true intention would be impossible.
What advice you would give self at the very beginning of your training and professional career?
Just trust that you're good enough to do the work. Don't take it personal. It's work, it's not you.
Are there any rituals you created to help you " face avoidance" that plagues any artist occasionally? Would you describe what works for you?
Prayer. Autosuggestion. Nuerolinguistic programming. Chanting.
Talk about a piece of work that you experienced recently that moved you and how it found its place in your your work?
I went to a painting party recently. Maybe 60 people participated. We all painted the same object and then compared them later. The differences were outstandingly subtle. I developed a workshop called Global Participation three years ago. I decided to include a paint project to help the work shoppers discover their strengths from the differences that individuate them.
What other art form do you connect to? How does this craft/discipline help you in your work?
Writing is the core of my creativity. That's the thing I do best. It comes easily. I could do it when I was a kid. I took acting lessons for seven years to learn how to do it. I've been a teacher for ten years and still learning how to be good at it. Writing, I just do it well. I love words. So, naturally, I love acting.
Describe your ritual or productive day at work?
I stay away from rituals. I'm mindful every day.
Describe effective techniques you use to increase your focus/productivity when working on a project?
Prayer. Autosuggestion. Nuerolinguistic programming. Chanting. Going over the work over and over and over until I feel mistakes have been eliminated.
How do you reward self for a job well done?
I tell everybody about it! Then set my sights on another goal. Onward!
In 2016, SUPER SPACE is serving as a vehicle to facilitate Created to Create Project.
CREATED TO CREATE
INTRODUCING ONE ARTIST PER WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS IN 2016.
Beginning, January, 1st, 2016
ACTORS, ARTISTS, THEATRE MAKERS, FILM MAKERS, DESIGNERS, TEACHING ARTISTS, STUDENTS all chosen because they spend a part each day creating. Artists will be chosen in no particular order.
Introduce artists from different parts of the world. People who use different mediums and whose practice is at a different skill level. A thing they all have in common is unique sense of style and self-expression.