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SusannahC.HicksisaLosAngelesbasedwriter.Hickshas writtenfornumerousentertainmentandnon-profitcompanies includingSAVN.tv.In2014Hickshour-longteleplayThe SummersSisterswasfilmedonlocationinCharlotteNorth Carolina.CurrentlyHicksisworkingtocompleteherfirstfull lengthplayTriteandhasseveralotherpilotsandabookof essaysindevelopment. RespectforActingabookthatrevolutionizedactingfor somanyandwhatislargelyconsideredtobethegreatest bookonactingeverwritten.Kirbysownprivateacting coachwasnone-otherthanthefantasticMiraRostova.Both HagenandRostovashapedhisnaturaltalentforcoaching andactingandgreatlydeepenedhisunderstandingof thepsychologyofbeinghuman.SpecificallyKirbyand Rostovasconnectionandrespectforoneanotherswork wasrichdeepandgenuineinawaythatonlyotherartists cantrulyunderstand.Kirbysrelationshipandobservation ofhowRostovaworkedalongsideheractorsfordecadesat atimeshapedthelongevityofKirbysrelationshipswith hisownactors.Rostovasdecades-longandveryclose artisticrelationshipwithMontgomeryCliftcloselyparallels KirbysrelationshipwithJimCaviezalwhomKirbyhas coachedfordecadesandsincetheverybeginningsof Caviezalscareer.Rostovawasresponsibleforilluminating Kirbysunderstandingofwhatitistobehumaninallits beautyandcomplexitieshisunderstandingofstoryand hisinspiringstyleofteachingthroughgentlenesswhich furtheredhisownbrillianceandhasensuredhislongevity asacoach.WhileKirbywasproducingplaysandcoaching manyofhisprivateclientsbeganbegginghimtostarta groupclassalathescenestudyclassesthatwerepopularin NewYork.SinceKirbyhadatrackrecordofbringingout thebestinartistsandhelpingthembookjobsitseemed thatKirbyhadbeenthemissingingredientofmanyoftheir careers. ThebeginningsofKirbysactingstudioTheJohnKirby Studiobeganquiteorganicallyasitwasarathernatural progression.KirbyhadfoundhimselfastheArtisticdirector oftheCastTheaterinLosAngeleswhilehewasproducing andcoachingprivateclientsonhisown.Forover25 yearsKirbysactingstudiocalledsimpleTheJohnKirby Studiohasconsistentlybeenoneofthemostsuccessful actingstudiosinthecountry.Thissuccessandlongevity comesinspiteofthefactthathehasneveradvertised andhasnoplanstodoso.Hisstudentsandactorscome frommanagersagentscastingdirectorsandindustry professionals.Affectionatelycoinedtheactorsguardian angelKirbyhascoachedandworkedwithhundreds ofactorsandHollywoodheavyweightsthroughouthis decadesintheindustryincludingMichielHuismanstarof thehighlyanticipatedfilmAgeofAdelineJeffBridges WinonaJuddCameronDiazJudithLightSimonFuller AlisonStonerJordanSparksandValChmerkoviskyfrom DancingWithTheStarsthecastofTylerPerrysMedea OntheRunalongwithcountlessothers.Kirbyhastraveled aroundtheglobefromNewZealandandAustraliatothe UnitedKingdomIrelandandJapanwhileworkingon dozensoffilmsmini-seriesandtelevisionshowsincluding TheCountofMonteCristoFrequencyPeterPanScream 4StickItNarniaDejaVuandtheupcomingfilmBeyond theMask.Hisworkwithdirectorsandwritershasrunthe gamutfrompouringoverscriptchangesattablereadsto shotselectionsineditingbays.Hesbeenhiredtodirect numerousprojectsaswellasproducingtheaterinboth LosAngelesandNewYork.Todayonecannotwatcha televisionshowwithoutcatchingtheperformanceofone ofKirbysstudents. From10AMuntil7PMeachdayheworkswithactors preppingforauditionsdissectingrolespouringoverplaysto passontohisstudentsorworkingwithwritersanddirectors onscripts.Howeverby7PMhisstudioisfilledwithartists andactorswhoareasdedicatedtohimasheistothem.He isashepherdofsortsandhasguidedhundredsofcareers. Manyofhisstudentsevenhismostfamousoneshavestudied underKirbyfordecades.IvehadtheopportunitytowatchMr. Kirbyandcloselyworkwithhimonnumerousoccasionsand onnumerousprojectsandindeedthereissomethingmagical abouttheman.ToworkwithJohnKirbyistobefamily.AsI preparedforthisarticleIwasabletospeakwithseveralofhis studentsandthesentimentsseemedtobesimilarsomething aboutworkingwithJohnKirbynotonlychangesyourartand youracting-butitchangestheindividual...whattakesplacein thosewallsofhisstudiocantcompletelybedescribedinwords -itisfarmoretransforming.JohnKirbyismorededicatedto hisactorstheirheartsandtheirworkthananyoneIhaveever experienced.Hisattentiontothemandtotheirworkgoesfar deeperthanacting.Heconnectstothesouloftheartistand withgracetendernessandwithhisacuteskillandbrilliancehe drawsoutwhatitistobehumanwhatitistobeauthenticand whatitistoliveintheimaginary. JeffBridgesJohnonDisneysStickIt. JimCaviezelJohnonthesetofAMCs ThePrisonerinSouthAfrica. 16 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETJUNE2015