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Success in Theatre with an Award-Winning American Playwright, Actor, Musician, and Teacher- John Lawrence “Jack” Canfora

Episode Summary –

Theater artists who are open to new experiences and collaborative opportunities can be highly successful in the craft. By networking with others who share the same goals, they can cultivate valuable connections which can provide support and guidance throughout their journey. Collaboration also offers an opportunity to gain insights into the world of theatre that could prove invaluable to their development.

When it comes to finding success as a theatre artist, it is also important to have realistic expectations. Knowing your personal benchmark of success is key and should not be judged solely on fame and fortune. Instead, focus on honing your artistic skills and setting goals that are achievable for you. This way, each milestone achieved is a reflection of your hard work and dedication in reaching them.

In this episode, we are joined by John Lawrence “Jack” Canfora – an Award-Winning American Playwright, Actor, Musician and Teacher. Learn more about his extraordinary journey and the invaluable lessons he has learned along the way. Get tips on how you can use your college education to develop your skills, succeed in the performing arts industry, and get ready for your next performance.

Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:20] Learn more about Jack and how he got into what he does today.
[06:47] How an online theatre experience is similar to a live one.
[08:00] One of Jack’s most memorable performances.
[09:33] The top skillsets that have helped Jack succeed in his theatre journey.
[13:28] Where to start collaborating with other artists.
[16:24] Jack’s strategies for building an audience through social media.
[20:41] Navigating to the business side of the arts.
[25:11] What does working from a happy place mean to Jack?
[29:13] What do upcoming artists need to know and do to get the most out of their college education? Transitioning from college to the world of work.


About Jack Canfora –
John Lawrence “Jack” Canfora is an Award-Winning American playwright, actor, musician, and teacher. After receiving his dramatic training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he began his career as an actor in regional theater, working mostly in Shakespearean roles such as Mercutio and Macbeth.

He’s been hailed by the Associated Press as “White-hot Entertainment” for his off-Broadway plays, including Poetic License, Place Setting, and Jericho, a New York Times “Critics Pick.” He was nominated along with Edward Albee, Elaine May, and Teresa Rebeck for The Newark Star Ledger’s Best Play, 2007. Jack is the recipient of two Edgerton Playwriting Awards, for Jericho (2010) and The Source (2018). He won the 2016 Webby Award for Best Writing in a Web Series. Jack is also the Artistic Director of New Normal Rep.

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About the Host –

Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.

Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality.

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