"I’m curious about how we work. Why we’re here. What we’re doing to each other, with each other. And I know on a fundamental level that I am so much more capable than I can imagine."Actress & Disability Advocate Marilee Talkington sat down with Helga Davis to talk about her journey towards a life in theater, how she continues to innovate in that space as a low vision actress, and how important it is to be a resource and voice for her community. Marilee Talkington is a professional actor, writer, director, and filmmaker. She is also an activist and thought leader in the Disability Justice and Arts movement and is the Founder and Executive Director of Access Acting Academy, which is a 1st-of-its-kind professional actor training studio for blind and low vision actors. She is one of the 1st legally blind women in the United States to earn an M.F.A. in Acting (American Conservatory Theater) and has originated over 80 characters on stage and screen with leading roles at Tony Award winning theaters under the direction of Broadway directors. She has also recurred and guest starred on multiple television shows on NBC, CBS, CW, and Apple TV+. Marilee is a MacDowell Fellow, California Center for Cultural Innovation Grantee, Winner of the A.C.T. Carol Channing Trouper Award for dedication and excellence, a recipient of the 2020 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award, one of Park Armory's Artist/Activist 100 years / 100 women, and most recently the voice at the Guggenheim museum that describes the approach to the architectural masterpiece. www.marileetalkington.com | www.accessacting.com | imdb.me/marileetalkington | @anartistwarrior Marilee Talkington is a commissioned artist of Park Avenue Armory’s collaborative project 100 Years |100 Women.
Come Join the Revolution and Reveal the Creative Greatness Within You. Meet Marilee Talkington - Founder and Executive Director of Access Acting Academy
Full Transcript available. Marilee Talkington, founder of the Access Acting Academy, joins Simon Bonenfant and Lisa Andrews for an in-depth look at not only the Access Acting Academy and the classes being offered, the conversation goes backstage to discover what drove Marilee to begin the revolution and bring Access Acting Academy from an idea to our reality. (From the web) Access Acting Academy is a 1st-of-its-kind actor training program for blind, low vision, and visually impaired adults, teens and kids. Training of this caliber, breadth, and level of accessibility have never been offered before. Until now. Whether you are simply curious, a beginning actor, early to mid career professional, or someone who performed before experiencing vision loss and is eager to integrate your new perception so you can get back out there, there is something here for you. Our ONLINE Fall classes are made up of two 4-week online sessions offering study in the core classes of Acting, Voice, Embodiment, Musical Theater, Dynamic Movement and Gesture, and Shakespeare. And our electric Friday night SLAM SERIES and Special Guest Artist Weekend Intensives will cover a huge range of leading edge and helpful artistic topics ranging from Creating Solo Work to Rockin’ Your Self-Tape. Come join the Revolution and reveal the creative greatness within you. For more information and to sign up for classes, go to Access Acting Academy. “We are inherently rich with imagination and potent creative potential. No one is missing anything necessary to be an impactful creator.” — Marilee Talkington Contact Your State Services If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. Contact: You can follow us on Twitter @BlindAbilities On the web at www.BlindAbilities.com Send us an email Get the Free Blind Abilities App on the App Storeand Google Play Store. Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group
Actor Marilee Talkington discusses her experiences as a legally blind actor and describes her latest role as Souter Bax in the new Apple TV + show “See.” She also tells us about a new organization she founded in Los Angeles called Access Acting Academy. This is the November 25, 2019 episode.
Kathryn interviews Award-winning Actress Marilee Talkington, star of “See.” Legally blind herself, Marilee will be playing more than just a role in a show, but a pivotal role in the fight for authentic casting and representation. Born with cone-rod dystrophy, Talkington had no central vision, and learned how to not just survive, but thrive. She’s starred in NBC's New Amsterdam, CBS' NCIS, and countless theater productions. Kathryn also interviews Michael Korda, NY Times Best-Selling author of “Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death.” When troubling symptoms accumulated, Margaret confided to her husband, “Michael, I think something serious is wrong with me.” Within a few weeks, the former fashion model was diagnosed with brain cancer, while Korda became her caregiver, deciphering bewildering medical reports and packing her beloved toiletries for the hospital. He’s the former editor in chief of Simon & Schuster and a living legend in the publishing world.
#38: Fierceness in the Face of Uncertainty with Actor Marilee Talkington
Super Power U: Mental Models and Tactical Skills To Activate Your Inner Superhero
Marilee Talkington is an award-winning actor, creator of original work for stage and screen, director, and activist for women and artists with disabilities. Marilee has originated more than 60 stage characters, and takes a fearless stance on women being heard, and celebrating all types of uniqueness and diversity, both on and off the stage. Marilee speaks to the beauty in listening, her journey into acting and creative work, and offers examples of situations in which perseverance and growth reign supreme, no matter how uncomfortable the level of challenge and discomfort. Marilee Talkington - Website and Marilee’s IMDB Quotes: "My only job here on this planet is to realize the fullest potential of myself in the most epic, joyous, creative, courageous, wild way.” “Acting is an empathetic exercise.” “Eyes aren’t the windows of the soul — the ears are.” Super U Resources: Super Power U Facebook Page Lisa Betts-LaCroix on Twitter — @LisaBL Super Power U Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play