The Actor's Refuge
Brian A. Hill
Hi. My name is Brian Hill and I started The Actor’s Refuge in 2019 as a response to what I had been hearing from actors, as well as to what I was seeing on a daily basis in auditions.
So. Who am I?
Well…in a not too distant past I was a CSA casting associate in Los Angeles, CA and over the last nine years I worked on such TV shows as Pretty Little Liars, 12 Monkeys, The Purge and a bunch of TV pilots that never saw the light of day. I’ve been in thousands of sessions and so I have had a bird’s eye view into the current state of acting.
I was also an actor and producer. While in Chicago I was founder and Artistic Director of Visions & Voices Theatre Co, a company devoted exclusively to new work. In three years, we produced six shows…four of which were Jeff Award Recommended, two of which won Jeff Awards for Best New Work.
I created The Actor’s Refuge to help start a dialogue about the state of acting and of actor training in this country. I’m not looking to re-invent the wheel, but I do think it’s time to reimagine how we talk about “character” and how we approach character work.
And in the process, reconnect the actor to the state of joy that ignited their love of acting in the first place.