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"All the world is a stage,

And all the men and women merely players." 

-William Shakespeare, As You Like It

 Welcome To The Company

     Are you an actor or actress?  Are you looking to be in a play?  Do you want to perform in a company of other serious and dedicated artists in nice venues?  If you've answered yes to any of these questions, The Lombardi Arts Center could be your answer.   

     The Lombardi Arts Center is a group membership theatre company with the mission to produce drama in a safe environment, strive for creative originality, promote toleration, and seek to increase awareness.  No matter what level you are at there is a program here for you.

      If you are a beginner you can join a workshop to study:  monologues, scenes, acting, and what is an appropriate performing arts resume.  If you are at an intermediate level the Lombardi Arts Center offers membership in company productions that are performed in Off-Off-Broadway venues (with seating capacity fewer than 100 seats).  If you are advanced, membership is available for productions in Off-Broadway venues (with seating capacity between 100-499 seats).

     Whatever your goal is in the performing arts, the Lombardi Arts Center is here to help.  However, a practical approach is important.  In other words, very few artists are lucky enough to make a living solely from their art.  It's important to balance a day job with being an artist.  The Lombardi Arts Center doesn't fund-raise, because there are higher priority causes that need money such as finding a cure for cancer or feeding the homeless.  An artist must be egoless, responsible, and accountable. 

     Our philosophy is that fundamentally acting is imitation from Aristotle's Ancient Greek concept of "mīmēsis".  It's important to realize that you are not the character you're acting as, rather you are merely imitating.  I have never been a prince, and have never been to Denmark, but it doesn't mean that I couldn't imitate how a prince might present himself, likewise even though I've never been to Denmark I could imitate someone from Denmark by talking with an accent or dialect.  In that there is nothing that should be complicated.  Acting is as simple as imagining it's raining, snowing, or that the temperature is cold or hot.

     Further the Lombardi Arts Center promotes a clean life style. Not drinking or smoking, rather eating right and exercising gives a clear proper prospective for the stage. So if you're playing a character that drinks whiskey, fill the bottle with diet tea.  If they drink vodka use water.  If your character smokes use a water vapor cigarette.  I'm not saying it's not okay in our own lives to occasionally drink a couple glasses of wine or have a couple of drinks, I'm saying that people in real life have tragic flaws, but in portraying them through our imitation we certainly should never take these flaws into our own lives. Likewise in stage combat, the actors aren't actually fighting, they are imitating a fight where no one actually gets hurt.  The stage above all must be a safe environment for all those working on and around it. 

     In conclusion, clean living is important not only for your art, but for yourself as an artist creating true organic originality.


Upcoming Events

Workshops and auditions for company productions will take place in May of 2014.  Check back for details!