Teacher Spotlight: Kate Neuman

Doug GoldringCommunity, Training

We’d love to introduce you to one of our incredible TBG teaching artists, Kate Neuman! Read our interview with her below…

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

KN: I love seeing actors come into their own, realizing that they have all they need just as they are – the transformation in the work is extraordinary, and I get to witness that as it happens – that moment where the actor “gets” it, and they speak in their own beautiful voice and we, the audience, get the privilege of seeing their humanity, their vulnerability, their real-ness as they share the story of the play with us. It’s incredibly moving. (And, selfishly, I love how watching that little miracle happen again and again allows me to trust myself in my own work more and more!)

What is a TBG tool you love to use in your own acting journey?

KN: I use the conversation exercise every time I work, whether it’s a rehearsal or a performance; it starts me out real and short-circuits any idea I may have about what the character is feeling or not feeling – those ideas, logical as they may be given the text, tend to block me from being open to the here and now and all its possibilities. Starting in my own voice grounds me in real life. And I love how I can do the exercise without letting anyone know I’m doing it – that’s really helpful when I’m working outside the TBG community.

What is a project that you’ve been a part of that you are proud of?

KN: I’m also a writer, and I’ve begun playing around with an essay I wrote to see if it could be viable as a performance piece, which is both scary and exciting.

To take a class with Kate, try Beginner Acting Class II: Getting Specific starting 4/16!

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