Oral history interview with Al Carmines 1992

Oral history interview with Al Carmines 1992

 

 

Name:
Carmines, Al (Interviewee), Jeffri, Joan (Interviewer)
Title:
Oral history interview with Al Carmines 1992
Abstract:
Side A: First experiences with acting: roles in religious plays; work with theater as ministry; first work as composer; family and childhood: parents' occupation and religious beliefs; musical talent: meeting Fats Waller, music lessons; religious beliefs: becoming a devote fundamentalist, work in revivals; attending Swarthmore College; siblings: younger brother; early opposition to segregation, parents' thoughts on segregation; mentors in youth; early career aspirations; college education: hunger for learning, English and Philosophy studies, attending Union Theological Seminary at Columbia; recollections of the theater world in the 1960s: work at Judson, Cino, LaMama, work with people: Sam Shepherd, Irene Fornas, Paul Goodman; relationship of church and theater; influence of commercialism on theater work; work as an acting teacher/mentor; relationship to theater organizations; role in Theater for the Deaf: learning ASL; writing script for Theater for the Handicapped 'The Making of America', role as Gertrude Stein; artistic mentors and role models: Larry Kornfeld, Paul Tillich, Samuel Beckett; artistic and religious peers: Tom Driver, Bob Seever, Amos Wilder, Joe Chaikin, Jacques Levy; recognition from younger actors; gatekeepers in career: critics: Clive Barnes, Edith Oliver, Joe Papp; commission from Metropolitan Opera; relationship to money throughout career; effect of marketplace on theater; thoughts on making a career in theater. SIDE B: Receiving grants, importance of grants; influence on other actors' careers: making casting decisions; interaction with public; responding to social issues in artistic work; definition of success in career; next artistic goals: interest in writing an American opera; teaching work; greatest satisfaction and disappointment in career; thoughts on occupation versus career; occupation as minister; advice for young artists.
Collection Name:
Research Center for Arts and Culture Oral History Collection
Subjects:
Actors; Carmines, Al
Format:
oral histories
Genre:
Interviews
Date:
1992
Physical Description:
62 pages; sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit)
Note:
Interviewed by Joan Jeffri on March 31, 1992.
Note (Provenance):
Al Carmines, Gift 1992
Language:
English
Library Location:
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Catalog Record:
13485516
Digital Project:
Time Based Media
Persistent URL:
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-b6cj-rf95