David Krasner teaches acting, directing, theatre history, dramatic literature, and performance. He is also an actor and director. Twice winner of the Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theatre Research, 2008 recipient of the Betty Jean Jones Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society, and finalist for several book awards, he is currently writing An Actor's Craft and (2-volume) study A History of Modern Drama. He currently lives in Plymouth, MA with his wife Lynda and daughter Matilde.
Where were you born?
Where do you live/work?
What fuels your desire to act?
It is what I’ve loved to do since I was in the 4th grade.
The best thing about being an artist is...
Conveying the human condition.
The biggest obstacle in working with self is...
Conformity, complacency, society.
What advice you would give self at the very beginning of your training and professional career?
Train, train, and train with the best people.
Are there any rituals you created to help you " face avoidance" that plagues any artist occasionally? Would you describe what works for you?
Stanislavsky: “love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.”
Talk about a piece of work that you experienced recently that moved you and how it found its place in your work?
Watching Kim Stanley on Youtube; one of the greatest actresses ever.
What other art form do you connect to? How does this craft/discipline help you in your work?
Art, dance, music, literature – they all are about the same thing: the human condition.
Describe your ritual or productive day at work?
The best ritual for an actor is:
a) exercises sense memory every day
b) observe people daily and imitate them truthfully
c) believe in yourself
Describe effective techniques you use to increase your focus/productivity when working on a project?
Sense memory, emotional memory, physicalizing the character, defining specificity, working on the objective, developing the relationship with the fellow actor, exercise body and voice (yoga, running, singing).
How do you reward self for a job well done?
The job itself is enough.
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.