Amidst all the Hamilton hype and the buzz around the Tony’s, I’m down south in Texas enjoying the good life. Texas has so much to offer, especially when it comes to Summer fun. It’s hot here, no doubt, but if you can handle the heat, there’s so much to take in.
I’m particularly fond of Austin and Fredericksburg and the Texas wine country/hill country, however right now, in in North Texas where Dallas and Fort Worth sprawl across the lakes and plains.
While here, I’ve discovered some great theatrical resources including the famed regional theatre Casa Mañana who just did a fabulous production of Spamalot featuring Director Hunter Foster and starring the very funny Jeff McArthy. I’ve even caught a show at Dallas Summer Musicals and on the Lyric Stage.
A few days ago, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a quality and unique resource that supports the theatre film professional but it wasn’t in Dallas, it was right here in the heart of Fort Worth, cow-town. Fort Worth is a little known gem of a city that, in my opinion truly dwarfs the ‘culture’ of Dallas. Fort Worth is beautiful, clean, and home to the Fort Worth Opera, Ballet, and Symphony. A recent addition to this triad of beauty was the burgeoning Fort Worth Actors Studio. Any city worth its salt needs an Actors Studio, right? Actors who are pursuing stage AND screen can benefit from the powerful training in a true Actors Studio. They function like a conservatory of sorts —-offering personalized training for the Actor like a personal trainer helps you pump iron in a gym.
In Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Actors Studio is doing just that. What? Pumping iron? No! Training Actors! And they’re doing a fantastic job to boot. Kids and Adults who are training here are getting cast around the metroplex and beyond…and few would expect Fort Worth to be this type of hub. Most would probably suspect Dallas or Austin, but Fort Worth Actors Studio is near TCU in Bill Paxton’s old backyard. It joins organizations like the Lone Star Film Society and the Lone Star Film Festival– one of the top 50 festivals in the country improving what was already a budding film culture.
If you’re a professional Actor seeking to improve your craft or your just a beginner, they have something for you. Check out what FWAS is offering, and if you’ve got family in Texas, direct them to FWAS. It’s a fantastic resource who I will allow to speak for themselves. (I know that’s unlike me.) Visit their website at: www.FWACTORS.com A sister site that is run by the studio’s owner is: www.Dlytha.com D’Lytha is the studio co-owner and also one of DFW’s most sought after voice instructors for Musical theatre voice and on screen voice and diction.