On Stephanie Gould as an Actress:
Performances are expected to be a varied bunch, with one being done completely in the dark, another sharing the stage with a wheelchair named Leonardo DiCaprio
Photo Flash: ‘Walk With Me’ Premieres at the 4th Annual SOLOCOM Festival at the Peoples Improv Theater
The 4th Annual SOLOCOM Festival was held in NYC this weekend at its home, the Peoples Improv Theater. Among the nearly 130 brand-new solo shows was “Walk with Me” written and performed by actress, Stephanie Gould. Directed by Chris Booth, the show chronicles the real-life journey of Gould as she learned to walk again at 13, all while growing up with cerebral palsy. She even shared the stage with a wheelchair named Leonardo DiCaprio.
Additional performances and appearance bookings are said to be in the works. For more information about the show visit www.stephaniegould.com. Stephanie is represented by Gail Williamson at KMR & Associates.
On Walk With Me at SOLOCOM 2016 from BroadwayWorld.com:
What do you get when you have to learn to walk again at 13, and have a wheelchair named Leonardo DiCaprio? A true story, and all-new solo show, Walk With Me, from actress/writer, Stephanie Gould premiering at this year’s SOLOCOM Festival at the Peoples Improv Theater. The show, written & performed by Gould, is auto-biographical, chronicling her journey of growing up with a mild form of cerebral palsy, having to learn to walk again, and becoming an actor. She hopes to bring awareness to audiences of differently-abled actors, all while using her unique sense of humor.
Directed by Chris Booth, Walk With Me will hit the stage this Sunday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. as part of a double bill with fellow comedian, Ashley England (Code Oscar). For tickets ($10) and more information, visit: thepit-nyc.com/solocom
On Nicu’s Spoon Theater Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III:
Stephanie Gould as Duchess of York and as Duke of Norfolk shined insight into two different roles, one female and one male, two different disabilities, two different physicalities, two different brains, all without being overt, flashy, over the top or anything other than real and in the moment. Each character was true and real and highly defined. Her very disciplined work ethic and considerable talent shone through every moment onstage.
—Director, Stephanie Barton-Farcas, of Nicu’s Spoon Theater Company.
Writer, Gemma Lolos, wrote: Witnessing so many actors with disabilities on stage at once (in a Shakespearean production, no less) was not something I was familiar with. In fact, Nicu’s Spoon Theater Company’s production aside, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen theatre that featured anything other than able-bodied performers. It had never occurred to me that people with disabilities were an under-represented group in theatre, but sitting where I was it was glaringly obvious. Watching the actors at work, their so called “disabilities” didn’t hinder them in the least. (Oct. 7, 2015, for pxp.tdf.org)
“Congratulations to you and the company of The Boys Next Door on a fine evening of theatre. I thought the entire production was very well-directed and performed. The cast was really great across the board, and even though the play has been around for a while, the integrity of performances, the casting choices and the power of the 2nd Act really shined through, so that it did not feel dated in the least. The stories of these characters will always resonate. I am really glad that I attended and got to see the cast knock themselves out to powerful effect.
Thanks again for making room for me. I hope it leads to bigger and better things for you and also for the Identity Theatre.”
Paul A. Slee, Executive Director
Ensemble Studio Theater
549 W 52nd Street, 2nd Floor • New York, NY 10019
“Stephanie Gould is a phenomenal actor/comedian! Her creativity is limitless and she possesses great spontaneity and interactive comedy with her audience! She’s responsive, FUN, and innovative when expressing her encounters with the characters she meets on a daily basis. She really takes in everything life has to offer! She’s a rare talent that is professional, smart, and overall inspiring to work with!”—Apolonia Davalos, Producer of Got Greek?!, APOLONIAD Productions
“A show about parasites? Gross. And tonight’s special topic re-creates an attack by bed bugs. Yeah, really gross. But tonight’s episode also features Stephanie Gould, a young actress originally from Melrose. And that’s truly not gross. Gould, who was in “Kings,’’ will also appear in a couple of episodes of “Rescue Me’’ later this season!”—Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe
Featured in Portraits magazine of Saint Anselm College:
Stephanie Gould ’07
“Acting isn’t one of those regular jobs. You have to keep at it every step of the way,” Stephanie Gould says. When the Abbey Player veteran graduated from Saint Anselm, she was well prepared for the acting world. Fast-forward four years, and she’s appeared in the TV show “Rescue Me” and the off-off-Broadway play “Trailerville” and is the lead in the indie short film, “On Crystal.”
Keeping an acting career going is a journey of development, which means one must resist the urge to plan out an entire career. “You can’t pick and choose your roles in the beginning,” she says. “You need to go where the wind takes you. But you can always improve yourself within genres and projects.” It also means you need to audition. A lot.
An actor goes through about 75 auditions to land one job. An audition is like a job interview—complete with resume and headshot, but with the 30-second sell and the 20 minutes of questions condensed into about two minutes of monologue. It’s not uncommon to wait a few days or weeks for a callback (acting’s second interview). Gould has had callbacks two months after auditioning for a gig. Generally there are multiple callbacks before the actress or actor is told to go “on hold,” the last audition stage. She cannot accept any new work at this time until she’s released from the production. Whether she’s in it or not is another story altogether. But the end result is worth the struggle, the young actress says.
Gould is working on a solo show called “Walk With Me” about perseverance through adversity, which she hopes to present off-Broadway. Recognizing the diligence success requires, she gives this advice to new actors: “There is no rest. You can’t simply ‘make it.’ You’ve always got to be moving and ready for the next thing.”
Contributed by Joe Jennings ’07
Rave responses to the article: Early for Everything…by Stephanie Gould
— kristen johnston (@kjothesmartass) October 24, 2013
— Sammy (@SammySpice_xo) October 24, 2013
@StephanieGould I look up to you!
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 26, 2013
Stephanie, your story is an inspiration to me! https://t.co/c973qas3rz
— Anita Grace Howard (@aghowardwrites) May 7, 2015