PROFILE : RONNIE CLARK, Actor & Director (IMDB)
1. If you were given the choice between acting and directing, which would you choose and why?
I would always choose acting if given a choice between the two. With acting, I get to explore the reaches and limits of any character within myself. To me that is the greatest reward of acting. The opportunity to learn and expand within the boundaries of “someone else.” And at its best, acting provides you with the challenge to understand the world from many different points of view. For me, directing is more of an extension of my acting “bug.” I appreciate the responsibility to guide actors into telling the story the most dramatic way possible, but as a director, I have to watch from the outside and mold the shape, but as an actor, I don’t have to worry about that; I can completely immerse myself into the wants and needs of my character. The depth of immersion I find to be the most rewarding thing. If a good director immerses him/herself too much, then he/she fails to be a good director at that very moment.
2. If you could drive across country with any artist in the world who would it be?
Without a doubt and without any hesitation, I have the best answer for that specific question. Hands down. Sam Shepard. (It helps that he actually does that.)
3. What has been the most rewarding and challenging aspect of your current show, Stranger Things?
Working with the other artists in The Ghost Road Company has allowed me the freedom to try (and fail, sometimes often) but has always given me the courage and support to get back up and try again. We don’t try to create theatre that sells; we try to create something you’ve never seen before or in a way you haven’t seen it, so there is always a lot of risk involved. The most rewarding aspect of Stranger Things was the hand I had in writing it and shaping it out of everyone else’s contributions; it’s a very specific, multi-layered beast that carefully navigates its way through the storytelling. The most challenging aspect of it was getting it right, which is exactly where I think it is now.