A group of ten inspiring entertainment professionals are celebrating the launch of a groundbreaking new online platform called The Performing Arts Legacy Project (PAL), a partnership between the Arts and Culture Research Center (RCAC) and the Actors Fund. The site aims to document, present and represent the careers of older artists, creating a database of incredible contributions to the world of arts and entertainment.
Project Director Joan Jeffri, who is also the founder and director of the RCAC, recruited Gilda Mirós, one of the truly memorable members of Senior Planet, as one of the first ten performers to participate in the project. Gilda is a performer, actress, former model, podcast producer, radio host, self-described "workaholic" and all-round Renaissance woman. In addition, Joan recruited nine other older actors over a period of eight months and worked with them for two years.
"This first-hand statement is very powerful," says Joan. "Where do you get that from? You do not get this piece of history from a book, you do not get it in college. Participation in the project, says Joan, was very similar to a spectacle rehearsal.The process was divided into segments.In the first segment, younger actors interviewed the ten older actors for oral transmission.The second segment of the project was built like a classroom Joan brought the actors together with ten young colleagues who are doctoral students in the fields of art, theater, health and aging, then spent seven weeks visiting a co-star of each actor's residency and had to perform a "curated life review" of the actors: a ten minute one Video, where they went through their memorabilia, and then grouped their experiences into categories (eg, Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional, Drama, Directing) and recorded them chronologically in an Excel spreadsheet Database for which Joan recruited a webmaster.
"We had people who No technology at all, "says Joan. "One person was an absolute techno-phobician, but at 85 he learned how to do it. He would not let his trainee touch him! He felt completely strengthened. "
" It was scary for some people, "says Gilda. "There's a computer, you have to assemble your stuff, you need to import it into this device, it can be scary!"
"The young people used technical terms and the language we did not know," adds Gilda. "We learn from them and they learn from us, it's an exchange, it's a beautiful relationship."
"Many actors said that they wanted to do this among other things to help future generations," says Joan. "The young people asked the actors:" What advice do you have? No one said, "Get a singing teacher. Instead, someone said, "Be enough for yourself. "a moment these children will never forget."
"Ultimately, the process is not so much about performing," Joan adds. "It was about life Actor who said: "Prior to this project, I had three types of therapies." After three weeks of project, I discontinued my therapy because I found my church. "I DO have something! & # 39;" [1
"We say 62 plus," Joan says. "You have to have a sufficient career to document Sporadic work is fine – people are teachers, directors, actors, playwrights, singers – but if you've spent 60 years as a plumber and 10 minutes as an actor, that's probably not good. "
" You must be disciplined se in to join this group, "says Gilda. No one else will do it for you, they will receive guidance and support, but they will have to work! "
" Most people think our group is retired, "she adds. "Little do you know. A man who is suddenly in our first group is a Tony Award winner! André De Shields (who was awarded Best Actor in a Musical for Hadestown) got his first Tony. AT 73! They asked him how long it took. He said fifty years. He represents a group still powerful . We are not over until we are over! That's the message.
PHOTO: In collaboration with the Arts and Culture Research Center, the Actors Fund hosted a launch event for the Performing Arts Legacy Project's website under Actors & # 39; Equity on May 6, 2019 in New York City. Joan Jeffri, Founder and Director of the Arts and Culture Research Center Joan Jeffri, and the executive director and trustee of Mary McColl's Actors' Equity and Actors Fund, joined the 10 founding members of the Performing Arts Legacy Project. (from left to right): Joan Jeffri, George Bartenieff, Susan Lehman, Len Cariou, Mary McColl, Richard Masur, André De Shields, Virginia Wings, Michael David Arian, Gilda Mirós, Agosto Machado, Vinie Burrows. Picture credits: Jay Brady Photography.