If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
-Isaac Newton (and others)
Judging by the people that are referenced in the blog, you’d think that Burning Mountain had studied with very few people. However, please know that we have learned from dozens of people, some for years, others for a weekend. I personally can produce a list of about 60, which doesn’t include the hundreds of students and fellow actors who have touched my life. Each person has different strengths and different aspects of them have made us the teachers and artists we are today. Some have a stronger web-presence which is why you’ll see more links to them, but know that there is a huge list of people who have influenced our work. As we head into the workshop, we want to acknowledge this.
Here’s a few of them, in no particular order:
Maestro Paul Macdonald
Dwight McLemore (his books here)
Maestro Ramón Martinez
Maestro Jeanette Acosta-Martinez
Seeing the effect that they have had on us, we encourage our students to learn from as many people as possible. Get out of your home area and see the world! There are as many interpretations as there are people. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you have become a fully educated artist because you have a piece of paper, or you have had lessons from a handful of different instructors. You must continuously seek, dig deeper, open your mind, fill your cup and then empty it again! Stage combat is a growing developing art form. “If you’re not moving ahead, you’re standing still”.