Discover this Upcoming Actress of Many
In this in-depth interview with this hard-working NYC-based
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TO BE A STAR!
What things did your training with Sherry Landrum, Tim Raphael
and Rex Knowles (improve) shaped your talents as an actress?
I’m not a big fan of acting classes….they can be pretty expensive
and I feel like I get similar training when I’m at my theater company,
NiteStar. But when I first started out again,
it helped me to feel free to play around with a character and to make
strong decisions when acting.
is the epitome of the use of theater as a component of primary
prevention strategies addressing urgent issues. The actors/educators
serve as role models for the young peole that they meet.
The program sets the standards for all such initiatives
acress the country. With uncommon energy, wisdom and creativity,
the NiteStar Program/Star Theater has developed into a vehicle
that is worthy of being viewed as a national model - Leslie
Could you describe the training that you received at NiteStar?
helped me to figure out the motivation and back story for each character,
to learn how to act in an ensemble, and how to perform non-comedic improvisation.
How did you get involved with the Nitestar Program, the theater-through-education
company that performs shows for students, educators and adults?
I auditioned for NiteStar through a casting
ad that I saw in Backstage.
What made you committed to their programs, as oppose to all
I’ve always had an interest in sex education, since I feel that
it is important and is done poorly in most schools. It’s something
that I’ve become passionate about, through NiteStar, which is
why I focus my energy specifically on this program.
With all the turmoil that surrounds the world and New York –
what drew you to a youth program that deals in HIV/AIDS, sex education,
racism, homophobia, violence, etc?
I think it’s important to talk about this stuff, instead of pretending
it doesn’t exist.
well-respected program was developed by the renowned voice teacher
- Kristin Linklater and used by theatre companies and university
theatre programs throughout the world.
physical investigation of sound on breath frees the natural voice
of every human being. Relaxation exercises allow contact with
freely expressed impulses, impulses of imagery that spur the production
of truthful sound.
process addresses the vital issues of tension and inhibition of
breath which inhibits the optimum creativity. It develops in the
actor the ability to recognize and release tension which allows
for the greatest spontaneous creative action and trust to produce
their best work.
How did your training with Stephanie Gilman and Cheryl Cutler
(dance) maximize your talents in your acting and music career?
CHEN:Dance classes are a good way to get to
know my body, and to become a more physical person when performing.
Were the teachings of Wayne Rivera and Andrea Haring more for
your music or acting career?
I took voice lessons because I enjoy singing; I studied Linklater
with Andrea Haring, but I wasn’t disciplined enough to really benefit
Has your ability to speak fluent Mandarin provided more opportunities
for you to work as an actress and/or musician?
I don’t speak Mandarin fluently – I can understand what my
relatives say to me on an everyday basis and I can converse at a so-so
level, but I’m nowhere near the point where it can help me with
SHE CAN SING!!!
Tell us about your many music gifts. Your background is seemingly
based in the classical music area, in light of your expertise classical
piano, oboe and guitar – while having “perfect pitch.”
I consider myself a pianist because I’ve been playing for so long
and feel very comfortable with the instrument. I am learning guitar again
and can’t even remember how to play a scale on the oboe. Having
a classical music background has helped me with many things, except improvisation.
I wish I could cut loose and play/sing something
without having it all mapped out for me first, but I just can’t.
I would like to take some jazz lessons some day.
ASIANS:How did you get involved in the recordings of
“The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (Selection: Voyaging Moon
- Lead Vocalist)/Brian Vinero/Seth Weinstein and "Merrill Staton
Voices" (Soloist and Chorus)/CBS Records?
I just auditioned for the parts.
ASIANS:When did your parents get you involved with
the NYC Children’s Choir?
The NYC Opera Children’s Chorus Director asked me to join when I
was around 10-years-old. At that point, I had been a member of the Metropolitan
Opera House’s Children’s Chorus for 3 years, so I was already
familiar with most of the operas they needed me for.
MUSIC OF LYNN CHEN'S "YPOK2"
When and how did your interest change from Opera/Broadway
style to the music of your group?
I’m not a thoroughly trained singer, I haven’t had a
voice lesson in years, so I don’t feel comfortable alongside
professional opera/Broadway singers.
I still enjoy opera/Broadway
music, I just don’t feel as though I could do it justice.
In the same way, I enjoy
hip hop music but am fully aware that my rhyming skills suck.
Members of "YPOK2"
What the plans of your group, YPOK2, in the future?
We are continually writing and recording.Our drummer, Nate, is in
a couple of bands, “Shy Child” and “Touchdown,”
so we are working around his busy schedule. We hope to be done with
our demo in a few months, at which point we’ll probably play
it for everyone we know.
Are there any songs or music from Eric
Lin's "Fortune" soundtrack on your MP3.Com website?
What passions were the driving force(s) behind your music?
Most of those songs I wrote during my freshman year of college,
when I spent a lot of time “finding myself.” I was in
some messed up relationships that resulted in those sad little tunes.
out Lynn singing her "Scooter Song" and other talented
Asian Pacific American music artists by clicking HERE)