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Acting studio to hold actor showcase at Alliance Theatre
by Bobby Tedder
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Victor Love, right, laughs while working with actor Ryan Hunt of Smyrna.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Victor Love, right, laughs while working with actor Ryan Hunt of Smyrna.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Victor Love, left, works with actors Vanessa Cozart, center, and Ryan Hunt, both of Smyrna, in preparation for the showcase.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Victor Love, left, works with actors Vanessa Cozart, center, and Ryan Hunt, both of Smyrna, in preparation for the showcase.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Victor Love coaches actors working on a scene in preparation for the showcase.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Victor Love coaches actors working on a scene in preparation for the showcase.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Actress Vanessa Cozart of Smyrna rehearses a scene.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Actress Vanessa Cozart of Smyrna rehearses a scene.
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In staging its first industry showcase, EVOLV Atlanta acting studio is essentially pulling double duty: giving a promising group of performers its close-up while serving up the chance for audience members to say, ‘I knew him/her when…’

All eyes will be on a collective of 25 actors, seasoned and raw talents ranging in age from 8 to 62, as they hit an Alliance Theatre stage Nov. 20.

“What the showcase is teaching my students is how to be professionals … how to walk through their fears,” said noted actor and EVOLV founder Victor Love. “It’s fascinating.”

Actors are slated to perform scenes from a motley compilation of material from stage and screen — Shakespeare and critically acclaimed theatrical pieces like “Doubt” on one end of the spectrum; movies ranging from “What’s love got to do with it” and “Dumb and Dumber” on the other.

An actor’s big break can be caught in such settings. Or not.

As a longtime industry vet, Love himself is no stranger to the double-edged sword that is the spotlight — having experienced both prosperity and pitfalls during a career spanning nearly three decades.

He made his debut in the lead role in the 1987 film adaptation of “Native Son,” alongside co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Matt Dillon.

After a succession of TV and movie appearances, Love moved to Atlanta from his Los Angeles digs a couple years ago.

Admittedly “burned out” on his craft, he took to waiting tables — an occupation synonymous with aspiring, not established, actors — before rediscovering his creative mojo through instruction.

“If I were still in L.A., I would never try to teach acting because there are so many amazing acting teachers there,” Love said. “There’s a need for it here, a need that I was able to step into and it’s been amazing.

“Now is the perfect time to be here with a dream; I haven’t felt this excited about being in the industry since I was a kid.”

Love, the actor, is also on a bit of a hot streak.

Having recently concluded a run as the titular character in “Othello,” he has acted in other Atlanta stage productions and been cast upcoming film projects.

A “high” percentage of EVOLV pupils — including those who will be at Alliance Theatre Nov. 20 — have also found notable work. Their list of credits includes guest appearances on TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Drop Dead Diva” as well as roles in Tyler Perry productions.

“I teach my students the same thing I live by, [which is] to get out there and win,” Love said. “Don’t go out there and pussyfoot around, don’t go out there and be a victim …make opportunities for yourself and win.”

Information: visit www.evolvatlanta.com.
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