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THE CREATIVE TRIBE (The Meaning Of Ensemble)

“You will always ‘know’ your creative tribe…
When you can live your most authentic genuine Self in each other’s presence.
You will never feel alone.
And never walk away feeling lonely.
There will always be a willing generosity of Spirit.
There will always be an undeniable human to human connection. 
There will always be a wanting to share something deep and real.
There are many factors that magnetize us to that creative tribe.

There is THE LOVE OF ART. 
There is THE GIFT AND BLESSING OF TALENT.
There is THE JOY OF CREATION.
There is THE HUNGER FOR EXPLORATION.
There is THE FEARLESSNESS OF STRUGGLE.
There is THE EXCITEMENT OF DISCOVERY.
There is THE PASSION FOR REVEALING.
There is THE OPENNESS FOR EXPRESSION.
There is THE DESIRE FOR INVESTIGATION THAT STIMULATES UNDERSTANDING, EMPATHY AND COMPASSION.
There is THE UNQUENCHED THIRST OF  UNCEASING CURIOSITY.
And there is THE DELICIOUS APPETITE FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL STORY(living)TELLING.
And we have to understand…
It is sometimes through the darkest of moments…
And most inexplicable of circumstances…
That guide us…
Or lead us…
To that creative tribe.
Those same circumstances…
That we may think are causing us to crumble…
And break our heart and Spirit…
Are the same circumstances…
That actually break our heart open…
And allow our Spirit…
To be In-Spirited (inspired)…
Opening our Mind, Body & Soul…
And awakening us to something greater than we could have ever imagined.
Those same circumstances very often pave the path to our greatest purpose…
Our greatest potential…
All human beings at some point…
Will own some story of hardship.
That is part of the human experience.
But within hardship also lives an individual story…
A universal story…
Of how hardship paved an unexpected path to perseverance, growth, inner-strength, compassion, insight, understanding, creative inspiration and connection with others who can gather with each other and say:
Yes, I know. Me as well. I see you. I understand. Let’s not let it be in vain. Let’s do something remarkable with it all!‘.
And so we find our tribe.
Or our tribe finds us.
A tribe that meets through the most unlikely…
And yet, likely, of circumstances.
A tribe that is generous in knowledge, creativity, heart, compassion, passion, love, support, kinship, responsibility, accountability, creativity, talent & Spirit.
And because of those circumstances…
We RECOGNIZE each other.
We SEE each other.
We UNDERSTAND each other.
We CARE about each other.
We SUPPORT each other.
And, yes…
We LOVE each other…
From one artist to another…
From one actor to another…
From one human to another.
That is the magic of an ENSEMBLE!
Together we LEARN.
Together we EXPLORE.
Together we DISCOVER.
Together we GROW.
Together we EXPAND.
Together we STRUGGLE.
Together we BREAK-THROUGH.
Together we SUCCEED.
Together we SHARE.
Together we GIVE.
Together we MAKE ART.
Together we TELL & LIVE STORIES.
Together we REVEAL THE HUMAN CONDITION.
And TOGETHER we hold onto the fact…
That once we make it out of the fire…
There will be…
And is…
BEAUTY WITHIN THE ASHES…
That result in our life’s greatest contributions!” 
~Mario A. Campanaro 
Master Teacher 
MC² Actors Studio
Los Angeles | New York City | London 


What You See Is What You Get…


The Circles Of “I Am”…


Authenticity Through Action…


Tapping Into Uncharted Territories…


Roundtable With Neil LaBute

Neil Labute is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter and director. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London. In 2013, he was named one of the winners of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Arts and Letters Awards in Literature. Mr. LaBute’s plays include: Filthy Talk For Troubled Times, Bash: Latter-Day Plays, In The Company of Men, The Shape of Things (Drama Desk Award-Outstanding Play), The Distance From Here, The Mercy Seat, Autobahn, This Is How It Goes, Some Girl(s), Wrecks, In A Dark Dark House, Fat Pig (Outer Critics Circle Award-Outstanding Off-Broadway Play and Olivier Award Nomination-Best New Comedy), Helter Skelter/Land Of The Dead, The Break Of Noon, The New Testament, Some White Chick, The Furies, Strange Fruit, In A Forest, Dark And Deep, Lovely Head & Other Plays, Reasons To Be Happy, The Break Of Noon, Money Shot, The Way We Get By, All The Ways To Say I Love You, The War On Terror, How To Fight Loneliness, True Love Will Find You In The End, Reasons To Be Pretty (Drama Desk Award Nomination-Outstanding Play and Tony Award Nomination-Best Play). His work also earned him the honor as a Lortel’s Playwright Sidewalk Inductee in 2013. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure published by Grove Atlantic. His films include In the Company of Men (Independent Spirit Award-Best First Screenplay, New York Critics’ Circle Award-Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends And Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Some Velvet Morning, Bash: Latter-Day Plays,The Van Helsing Series, It’s Ok, Ten X Ten, Full Circle, The I-Land, Denise, Double Or Nothing, BFF, Bench Seat, After School Special, Sexting, Tumble, Possession, Some Velvet Morning, Some Girl(s), Dirty Weekend, Full Circle, The Shape of Things, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death At A Funeral.
Thursday August 26th 2021 6:00 pm PST
It was an extraordinary night for our Los Angeles Ensemble filled with passion, knowledge, wisdom, advice, encouragement, stories, humor, love, humility and mountains of generosity by the one and only legend NEIL LABUTE! We are all so humbled, grateful and inspired! We are very much looking forward to welcoming Mr. Labute back for a work session class for our Los Angeles Ensemble and a Roundtable Discussion class for our London Ensemble in the very near future!

Becoming The Answer


“Let No One Leave Your Presence Feeling Lonely”…

“One of the greatest tools an actor (or any artists/human for that matter) can possess is his or her compassion and empathy. The ability to have an open heart and a willingness to dive into the depths of the human condition is the very foundation for our work and the ability to live moment to unknown moment within extraordinary circumstances. We have to be willing to see, hear, feel, taste, understand and experience more than just our own small circle of experiences in order to live the vast highly complex life of characters in unimaginable pain, great struggle and overall high stake circumstances. This is ultimately the ‘in’ to every character we will ever play/reveal/live. Everyone has struggled. Everyone has suffered. Everyone has had trials and tribulations. Everyone has a story. Every story has a history that formulates who we are and how we move and function in life and what we strive to get, achieve, be and experience. We have to understand that at our very core, we function from survival love received and love unreceived. From there our story unfolds based on what life throws at us. This is not just about our technique. This is about humanity. It is about our humanity  And every human’s story has within it the worthiness to be witnessed simply because it is part of the essential fabric of this thing we all call ‘Life’.”
~ Mario Campanaro
Master Teacher 
MC² Actors Studio 
Los Angeles | New York City | London


Learning Who You Are Through Discomfort…

“Dear Actor…
Dear Artist…
Do not get overwhelmed by the enormity of your creative mission. 
Get inspired by the undeniable talent, strength and ability that inherently lives within you to do something remarkably transformative with it. 
Let me introduce you to your true Artist Self: 
You are a slayer of limitation.
You’re an alchemist. 
You are a creative gladiator.
You’re an artistic warrior. 
You were always meant to move mountains.
When most may exclaim:
‘I AM DONE!’
The creative warrior simply whispers:
‘I am just beginning.’.”

~ Mario Campanaro
Master Teacher 
MC² Actors Studio 
Los Angeles | New York City | London

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR by Lillian Hellman MC² Actors Studio Scene Work

FROM THE MASTERCLASS:
“Our awareness, observation and the exercising of what we learn about the human condition inevitably inspires and informs how we live honestly, truthfully and authentically in our work as actors. A lot of the time this may feel inconvenient, difficult, tedious and maybe even heart-wrenching work during the exploration process. Especially when there is not the immediate ‘payoff’ we so often crave. But the more we stay on track, the more we continue to persevere, the more we continue to align, refine and cultivate our craft, the more the ‘payoff’ will eventually come. It is about artistically and creatively persevering. Even during those moments when we feel like we don’t want to artistically and creatively persevere. It’s not about going around it, or over it, or underneath it. But going through it. We must go through it. We must be focused and disciplined in our approach to what we want to achieve as artists. And we must hold ourselves accountable within and throughout the creative process. Why? Because, as actors…that is and will always be a huge part of the artist’s journey…And let’s not forget this important fact…We love what we do! The craft of acting comes from the living, observing, and implementing of what Life itself has to teach us about the human condition…And then be able to marry that along with our imagination and personal investment to LIVE story as it pertains to a specific text. This is not just about technique. It is about humanity. It is about Life. Life itself has a delicious limitless rainbow of colors to offer and teach us as artists that is crucial to our work. I happen to call it Mary Poppin’s purse. It has everything needed within it! It is so important for the actor to stay open to it in their every day Life…to keep searching for the Life within the craft itself as it will ALWAYS be mirrored, justified, and validated by Life. Remember this…Life may not always be about acting…But acting will always be about Life!”
~ Mario Campanaro
Master Teacher
MC² Actors Studio
Los Angeles | New York City | London


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