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Alan Mandell (in his 90s and still working!) is an actor and director, and he's also been a general manager of multiple theatres. He’s considered one of the leading interpreters of Samuel Beckett’s work, and he even collaborated directly with the playwright several times!

It was really fascinating to hear all about Alan’s career—his story is a combination of being in the right place at the right time, and being willing to do whatever it took to make theatre happen, which is such a great attitude!

Just a bit of what we cover in this episode:

  • Growing up in Canada during the Depression
  • Doing radio drama and theatre in Toronto
  • How he got involved with The Actor's Workshop through volunteer office work
  • His initial reaction and confusion when he first read Waiting for Godot
  • Teaching acting classes and helping out with the San Quentin Drama Workshop
  • Being involved in the early days of Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • What success has meant to him and mentoring young actors in the theatre

Plus a whole lot more, and Alan also shares some direct acting notes from Samuel Beckett himself on Waiting for Godot, so don’t miss that!

 

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