“Conversations With…” Speaker Series

Gary Sinise will be our next guest, February 28th, 7-8:30pm @ Preus-Brendt Forum on the Cal Lutheran University campus. Gary is a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company and is most famous for playing Lt. Dann in Forrest Gump. He’s also a musician and Veterans activist. His book Grateful American: A Journey From Self To Service chronicles his life as an artist and his awakening to the struggle veterans face being acknowledged for their service and his efforts to give back to them.

About our ‘Conversations With… Speaker Series

Since 2011 Markus Flanagan has invited artist friends to share insight that can only be gained by having “been there.” In this Speaker Series held at the Preus-Brendt Forum on the campus of California Lutheran University, entertainment professionals like Stacy Keach share insights from everything from his first job, (a play with another young actor named Morgan Freeman, who taught him a lot about acting) to the Oscar nominated film Nebraska (where he said Alexander Payne asked him to alter his teeth as the character)

We’ve heard Melissa Gilbert talk about the business side of the industry from her perspective as former Screen Actors Guild president. Doug Jones discussed falling in love with Jessica Alba in 40 pounds of prosthetic, motors, and make up. Veteran character actor Jack McGee reflected on how his very humble beginnings continue to provide the vault of emotion he uses everyday in his career, and regular players Molly Hagan, Spencer Garrett, Jon Polito and others talk about the climb up from finding an agent through audition and finally to landing that breakthrough job.

Alan Ruck
Talking with Alan Ruck about what makes for a great actor.

Why learn everything the hard way? Actors who care about the next generation share how they handled everything you will come up against and how they made those hurdles into a career is worth the cost of the free admission alone!

Watch our conversation with Stacy Keach:

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Watch the full video of all of our conversations to date!

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