Posts Tagged ‘Emerging Artists Theatre’

Joshua Rivedal is a man of many talents: he’s an actor, a playwright, and a producer. As an actor he has been seen as “Radames” in “Aida” and “Richard Loeb” in “Thrill Me” as well as on such television shows as AMC’s “FilmFakers,” “The Maury Povich Show,” and the Biography Channel’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories.” As a playwright, Joshua wrote (and co-produced) “The Gospel According To Josh” which was accepted into the Emerging Artists OMT Series and most recently featured in the 2010 Midtown International Theater Festival. Joshua’s new play, “It’s Good to be Home” was also independently workshopped in 2009. For those of you who missed “The Gospel According To Josh” at MITF, here’s your second chance to see this dynamic performer when “The Gospel According To Josh” comes to The Media Theatre in Media, PA for one night only on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30pm. For more on “The Gospel According To Josh” be sure to visit http://www.thegospelaccordingtojosh.com and for more on Joshua be sure to check out http://www.joshuarivedal.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say my parents and the greats, like Elvis and the Beatles. I saw them on television and thought these people are the best I’ve ever seen play, I’ve got to do what they are doing. I also knew I was going to be a performer when hand-held recorders were first in use, I was about 6 and I saw the video of this when I was about 10, but what I saw was that when I didn’t know the recorder was on, I was quiet, but when I noticed the recorder on, I’d become big and vibrant and acting up because I knew the light was on me.

2. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Al Pacino and James Earl Jones.

3. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? Before the show, I do a 10-minute breathing exercise, it’s called the Chuck Jones Method.  I do some stretching and yoga. Afterwards, I like to have a drink.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can smack my cheeks and make music.

5. Favorite item off the $1 menu? I love those nuggets or if I’m on the road, the McDouble.

6. Favorite way to spend your day off? I would love to go to The Met, have a couple of drinks out on the patio, and kind of just relax and socialize and then go to a botanical garden.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Taekwondo.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-Briefs. I combine the both for one powerful piece of underwear.

9. Favorite website? The Gospel According To Josh or CNN.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, she’s way hotter than Superman.


11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Be yourself, who else are you going to be.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I would say Angelina Jolie.

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As a 2010 Sir John Gielgud Fellow finalist and 2010 Mark Ockrent Fellowship nominee, Troy Miller is a director on the rise. In his senior year of high school, everything clicked for Troy when he directed his senior class production of Neil Simon’s “Lost In Yonkers.” After high school and college, Troy decided to attend Trinity Rep Conservatory to earn his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing where he got to direct a production of Craig Lucas’ “The Dying Gaul” which prompted then Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis to introduce Troy to Lucas. Shortly after, Troy joined the artistic team for the Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Production of “The Light In The Piazza” working closely with Craig Lucas as his assistant.

Troy’s other directing credits include “Horatio” at the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival, “Noises Off” with Festival 56, “Blithe Spirit” at Barnstormers, assistant director to Marion McClinton on “Roar” at The New Group, “Postcards From A Dead Dog” and “Our Lady Of The Sea” at Emerging Artists. Currently, Troy is directing “Together This Time” in the New York City Fringe Festival. Playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, showtimes are August 18 at 9:30pm, August 19 at 8:15pm, August 22 at 12pm, August 23 at 1pm, August 26 at 4:30pm. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For much more on Troy and his happenings, be sure to visit http://www.troymiller.org.

1. Who inspired you to become a director? I don’t know if it was a person specifically, but the idea of telling a story was something that always appealed to me. The running joke in my family was after I saw a movie they could expect me directing the neighborhood production within a few hours starring the neighborhood kids. I loved acting and dancing but when I was directing there were no words to describe what I was feeling.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I would very much like to work with Jane Krakowski. I adored her on Alley McBeal, on stage and the few times I have had the opportunity to speak with her. I think she is immensely talented and seems like she would be amazingly fun to work with.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? As odd as this may sound, it would be being in rehearsal with James Dean and a young Marlon Brando. I have always admired their work and their style as performers. The idea of having a conversation with the two of them about the craft, their life and everything in between would be amazing.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Trust. Trust the work that you have done. Trust that you have found the truth and let go.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well, I can fold my legs into a pretzel without using my hands and walk on my knees.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Depends on the purpose. Sitting and talking? Then Starbucks with a Vanilla Latte. Just grab and go, much prefer Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? A combination of yoga and/or a long walk along the west side of Manhattan. Low impact.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. (American Apparel)

9. Favorite website? My own of course! Seriously though, playbill.com and texts from last night.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? The Man of Steel!


11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Don’t know the name of any of them, but I really enjoy the ones that spin you around in every possible direction. Roller coasters are also right up there.

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? What’s a day off? I don’t believe I am familiar with that concept.

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Amy Bizjak in “Spring EATfest Series C” at TADA Theatre (15 West 28th Street, 2nd floor, between Broadway & 5th Ave). An evening of four one-acts, Amy is featured in “White Baby.” The show runs from March 3-14 and plays Wednesdays at 7pm, Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 1pm. Tickets are $18.

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