Tag "Peter Amster"
Justin Lucero says he was always “bossy,” always telling his siblings and friends what to do and how to do it. He was addicted to anything Disney but had no access to theater and never imagined being – what he became – a theater director. A talented saxophonist, he was unable to make music his college major because his parents insisted that he major in “something to do with computers,” an area that neither he nor they knew anything about but which his parents apparently thought would make him able to support himself. A series of accidents and unforeseen opportunities lead Justin to a discovery of theater and on his ironic journey towards his final goal. Listen to the hilarious and serendipitous events which lead him to work, right out of conservatory, with Timothy Sheader, one of London’s foremost directors and winner of back to back prestigious Olivier Awards, then later spent four years with the El Paso Opera. Yearning for more training Justin applied for and was accepted to the first director training position at the Asolo. There w he assisted Michael Donald Edwards, Frank Galati, Peter Amster, and Greg Leaming. Greg was so impressed with Justin’s work that he has assigned Justin to direct The Liar, the second production of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training season which opens on December 30th and runs thru 1/17.continue reading
Peggy Roeder is an actor’s actor, Peter Amster who has cast and directed her many times in many varying roles says “she can do anything, she is my muse.’ And if you’ve been lucky enough to have seen her in as diverse roles as Ma Joad in Grapes of Wrath, and Sonya in Vanya Sonya Masha and Spike, you will want to run right out and get tickets for Matchmaker in which she stars as the delightful, mischievous Dolly Levy and Good People where she steals her scenes as the crotchety, truth-telling neighbor. By the time she was nine years old Peggy and her sisters were putting on shows for neighborhood, shows which they wrote, created costumes and sets for and wrote the flyers to promote. But Peggy didn’t know she was going to spend her life as an actor until she wandered into the theater at her college and discovered a community with which she felt at home and a work which she thought “this I can do.” And forty years later we can say she certainly can. Listen to this serious, consummate professional tell her story and come out to see her work whenever you get the chance.continue reading