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MAKING ART | EPISODE 7: Frank Rossi, Acting Coach

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

Please join The New Phoenix Theatre as we walk down memory lane. As we continue to plan for next steps with the uncertainty of COVID-19, we are sharing testimonials from the amazing artists who emblazoned their imprint on our stage. We hope with all our hearts to be back with you soon.

For now, here is a message from Frank Rossi:

“I’ve been teaching at my good friend, Richard Lambert’s studio going on 15 years I believe. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it and Richard is one awesome gentleman. A quick story about a student I had the honor of teaching.

About three years ago, a former Homeland Special Federal Agent came to audit a class. Larry Sams was 67 years old at the time and asked me if I thought he could do any acting given his age. I told him if he was dedicated to it, he would work. Suffice to say, Larry was one of the best students I have ever had. He came to every Monday Night Advanced Scene Study Class with a big smile on his face and always ready to go with all the exercises and scene work. Suffice to say, Larry went on to book 3 commercials, and a starring role in a feature film that premiered in Buffalo in front of 650 audience members. I was so proud and glad I went. Larry carried the film! He also worked 12 days on “A Quiet Place 2” a few months back.

Mr. Larry Sams passed away in 2020 at age 70. I loved that man. He loved what we do for a living and respected all actors and the craft. Rest In Peace my friend. It was truly my honor and privilege to have met, taught and been your friend. You brought your son to my class and I will continue to teach everyone who comes into The New Phoenix Theatre with the same passion you brought every week. Your “Odd Couple” scene with Mark was as good as it gets. God bless you and your family🙏 You will truly be missed, sir.”

Coming soon, Episode 8: Kristin Bentley

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