Meet the cast of "Dead Metaphor": George Hampe

Monday, March 18, 2013

Meet George Hampe, who plays Dean Trusk in Dead Metaphor.

George Hampe
Dead Metaphor runs through March 24.
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L to R: George Hampe as Dean Trusk and Anthony Fusco as Oliver Denny in Dead Metaphor. Photo by Kevin Berne.
What are your preshow/postshow rituals?
Before every show, I eat an entire cantaloupe . . . just kidding. My preshow ritual is just so boring. I stretch. I warm-up.
After a show, I'm always good for a drink.

What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
The crystal blue skies. We don't get that much on the east coast.

If you weren't an actor, what would you be?
Sitting on a beach. That life seems nice.

What was your most memorable job interview?
I've never had a real job.

What is your favorite moment in Dead Metaphor?
When my cue light goes off to start the show.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Probably Dean. Except for the trained killer part and the expecting father part and the strained relationship with my father part. I guess, the biggest identifiable trait is we are both around the same age.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In my late 20s.

Meet the cast of "Dead Metaphor": Rebekah Brockman

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Meet Rebekah Brockman, who plays Jenny Trusk in Dead Metaphor.

Rebekah Brockman
Dead Metaphor runs through March 24.
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Rebekah Brockman as Jenny Trusk and George Hampe as Dean Trusk in Dead Metaphor. Photo by Kevin Berne.
What are your preshow/postshow rituals? 
Preshow: Warm-up, spray on a bit of my mother's perfume (I never set foot onstage without it on), and then watch the first scene from the wings.
Postshow: Beer and Sleep!

What are your favorite things about San Francisco?
The history, the architecture, and the ocean when the fog comes in.

If you weren't an actor, what would you be? 
Realistic Answer: A director.
Fantasy Answer: A BASE Jumper.

What was your most memorable job interview/audition?
I recently had a callback for a role and one of my mentors was auditioning for the same play. She offered to come in and read with me for.my audition. It was extremely gracious of her and put me at ease in the room. I booked the job. I believe that the established people who put their name on the line for the younger generation and support them, are the people worth following. It is a moment that I want to pay forward to the generation after me.

What is your favorite moment in Dead Metaphor?
I love watching Sharon Lockwood run "in character" and I have to stifle laughter every time Anthony makes his entrance on the bike (well, Anthony's bike scene in general).

Which character do you identify with the most?
Jenny, first and foremost. But also aspects of Frannie and Hank.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
BASE Jumping.

A.C.T. Director of Education Elizabeth Brodersen Wins SFUSD Dreamcatcher Award

Friday, March 8, 2013


In summer 2011, just after becoming A.C.T.’s first director of education, Elizabeth Brodersen met Eunice Nuval, a teacher at San Francisco’s Downtown High School (DHS), who was developing a new Acting for Critical Thought project, designed to engage her students academically and artistically through the study of theater. Nuval wanted to partner with A.C.T., and Brodersen said, emphatically, “Yes!” DHS is now in its fourth semester of residency at A.C.T., and the partnership has been one of the greatest success stories of not only the A.C.T. Education Department’s short history, but of A.C.T.’s history as a whole.

For her work at DHS and her distinguished career in public education, Nuval was awarded a 2012 San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Dreamcatcher Award. Inspired by the Native American talismans that are believed to ensure beautiful and happy dreams, the annual awards (now in their seventh year) honor leaders who have inspired our educational community though the excellent work they have done to promote the vision and the promise of the SFUSD to integrate the arts into each student’s daily curriculum. The award goes to individuals who go “beyond the call of duty,” says Susan Stauter, artistic director of the Visual and Performing Arts Department of the SFUSD. “It’s the people who have an idea and bring it home.”

Last night, at a ceremony hosted by the Asian Art Museum, Brodersen won a 2013 Dreamcatcher Award. Below is the statement made by Stauter when presenting the award:

“It’s the artists of the world, the feelers and thinkers, who will ultimately save us, who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing, and shout the big dreams.” —Leonard Bernstein.

Because she is generous and empathetic and she cares deeply about connecting the greatest gifts the theater has to give to the public school students of San Francisco,

Because she is fearless and relentless in her efforts to reach out and really make things happen in arts education,

Because she exemplifies the sort of high-level professionalism it takes to connect American Conservatory Theater to the San Francisco public schools in ways that are authentic, deep, and transformative,

Because she is the sort of colleague and partner that can change the cultural landscape of San Francisco and empower the hearts and minds of all those she comes in contact with,


This year’s Community Arts Partner Dreamcatcher Award goes to Elizabeth Brodersen.

Congrats, Elizabeth. We could not be prouder!


Photo 1: A.C.T. Director of Education Elizabeth Brodersen with Antigone Trimis de Cartagena, SFUSD Arts Education Master Plan Manager, Visual and Performing Arts Department

Photo 2: A.C.T. Celebrates Director of Education Elizabeth Brodersen’s 2013 Dreamcatcher Award: (L to R) former A.C.T. Assistant Costume Shop Manager Joan Raymond, A.C.T. Conservatory Producer Dick Daley, A.C.T. Resident Artist Tyrone Davis, A.C.T. Publications Manager Dan Rubin, Brodersen, A.C.T. Core Acting Company member and teaching artist Nick Gabriel, A.C.T. Education Associate Emily Means.


Meet the cast of "Dead Metaphor": Anthony Fusco

Monday, March 4, 2013

Meet Anthony Fusco, who plays Oliver Denny in Dead Metaphor.

Anthony Fusco
Dead Metaphor runs through March 24.
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What are your preshow/postshow rituals? 
Preshow: sinus rinse
Postshow: Wine. Or beer. Maybe bourbon.

What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
My family!

If you weren't an actor, what would you be?
Even *more* unsatisfied.

What was your most memorable job interview?
45-minute callback with the great director Jose Quintero. Did not get the role, but relished the experience nonetheless. And not getting the role turned out to be the best result.

What is your favorite moment in Dead Metaphor?
Seriously? Why would I tell?

Which character do you identify with the most?
Mine. But pretty soon, Hank!

Where do you see yourself in five years? 
With any luck at all, right where I am now. But with the same amount of hair.
 
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