Robert X. Modica Memorial Celebration Set for The Players on 4/8

By: Mar. 26, 2016
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Robert X. Modica, Memorial Celebration April 8th 6:30-8:30 at The Players 16 Gramercy Park South, NYC in honor of New York legendary acting teacher who taught the craft to the likes of Broadway legend Marian Seldes and award winning Actors and Directors in Theater, Film and TV, John Turturro, David Duchovny, Bill D'Elia, Louise Lasser, Tyne Daly, Terrence Mann, Rachel Ward, Scott Cohen, Jennifer Beals, Jennifer O'Neill, Ali McGraw, John Doman and Michael Badalucco.

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Robert x Modica taught alongside Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and Philip Burton's renowned AMDA American Music and Dramatic Academy, and over 50 years at his prestigious Acting Studio in Carnegie Hall. He proudly served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Robert X Modica also worked as an actor in films and TV with appearances in such films as Francis Ford Coppola'sThe Rain People (1969), Arthur Hiller's Love Story (1970), Men of Respect (1990) and Fast Food Fast Women (2000) and on such TV series as Kojak and The Equalizer.

His teaching was based on the premise that one cannot realize the truth of the character without first knowing what it is like to "live and behave from the Gold of one's own Truth. This is what all art springs from" Quote: I try to convey to my students that to be a part of a process that leads to realizations and revelations of the human condition is very significant - that in transforming themselves as characters in a play or film, they are serving a higher purpose, touching and awakening people to their own lives, hearts, and minds"- Robert X. Modica, from Ronald Rand's "Acting Teachers of America"

John Turturro: Director , Actor Romance & Cigarettes " and "Fading Gigolo" no one has had the impact that Mr. Modica had on my life and work as an actor. Whenever there is a character I am struggling with, he is the first person I turn to for advice. I encourage all young actors to take the opportunity to study with Mr. Modica, a master acting teacher of great dedication, passion, and insight..."

David Duchovney: "Modica's integrity, passion, and acute eye for what's true and what is not are standards that I try to live up to every time I try to act. He is an instigator and an inspiration. He had a profound influence on both my acting and my life."

Bill D'Elia, director and producer of such notable shows as How to Get Away With Murder and Boston Legal, said that what Modica taught him, "I use every day in my work."It's hard to describe what he meant to me," he added. "But he lives on in those of us that took those classes. His was a singular talent and passion."

Louise Lasser of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman fame: "He is a master teacher...a man who has tried to help so many find their way to their truth as actors and human beings. He has an unerring talent for knowing what is true and what is not true.... By far the best teacher I could ever imagine in this whole wide world."