Polly Firestone Walker

Polly Firestone Walker

PCPA (since 1988):  Miss Prism, The Importance of Being Earnest; Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare in Love; Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible; Masha, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Lady Croom, Arcadia; Maria, Twelfth Night; Penelope, You Can’t Take It With You; Heather, Gidion’s Knot; Mrs. Ferrars, Sense and Sensibility; Duchess of York, Richard III; Odysseus, The Penelopiad; Mrs. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice; Ma Strong, Urinetown; Reba, Last Night At Ballyhoo; Lady Macbeth, Macbeth; Hannah Jarvis, Arcadia; Titania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Olivia, Twelfth Night; Mute, The Fantasticks; Margaret Moore, A Man For All Seasons; Miranda, The Tempest, among others.

Other Theatres:  Theater Group at SBCC, Belinda, Noises Off; SLO Little Theater, for Ubu’s Other Shoe; Ofelia, Anna in the Tropics; Barbara, August, Osage County; Polly, Other Desert Cities; VCT: Haley, Bad Dates; Rose, Enchanted April; Orange County Shakespeare Festival, Anne, Young Shakespeare

TV:  featured, Melrose Place; recurring, The Young and the Restless

Teaches:  Acting 1

Training:  LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), 3-year Acting Course; BAs in Drama & English, Stanford University

Teaching Philosophy

Theater is about joy: the joy of storytelling, the joy of creation, the joy of connection. In 1st Year Acting, the classroom is a space in which to explore and discover that sense of joy within each artist. It is a space in which we can all experiment and take risks, using intellect, imagination and intuition to take the words off a page and create three-dimensional living characters that exist in truth. In the classroom, I encourage the students to listen to each other, not just with the ears, but with all the senses. I help the student discover truth in action, helping them uncover the specificity and detail that brings a story to life.

On a practical level, my goal in 1st Year Acting is to help the students build a solid framework within which to work, allowing them to create and then re-create a character and tell a story over and over again. They will learn the myriad tools available to every actor. As actors we use the mind on multiple levels, living fully in the present of the world we have created, while simultaneously aware of the practicalities of live performance.

Theater is a passion and a joy and a vocation and a lot of very hard work. It is an art that energizes and enthralls, and I am grateful to share it with audiences in a theater, as well as students in a classroom.