As a theatre artist I recognize that Tai Chi offers a method for the deep embodiment of body, mind and spirit. Theatre like the commedia dell’ Arte demands that an actor be totally relaxed and completely aware all the while performing physical expression of a high gestural skill. Further, the five elements provide keys to character types, environments as well as dramatic and comedic situations. By practicing Tai Chi an actor can perform at top expression and in good health. Skills hard won need cultivation and I find Tai Chi provides not only a base for artistic expression but for a life well lived.
John is an Emmy Award winning actor, director and teacher. He founded Piccolo Theatre in Evanston, IL In 2008 he was named, “Artist of the Year” by the mayor of Evanston.