Tonight's special guest is George Elliott from Portland, Oregon, managing director of Actor's Actor Studio. After the death of local sex trafficking victim Ashley Benson, George wrote the play “Lost in the Shadows” when he learned how rampant sex trafficking is in Portland. He says, "As the owner, managing director, and principle teacher of Actor’s Actor Studio & Workshop I believe in the imagination of our young performers; it is the key component in driving the creative process. The imagination will stimulate and trigger deep roots into the mind, body, and soul, while helping to bring forward fresh, independent, and disciplined behavior. My job is to facilitate this journey and encourage people to open up and experience the human plight on multiple levels, conditions, and circumstances." At Actor’s Actor Studio & Workshop George says he wants to "elevate the artist as human beings through the practice of self-love, self-respect, and self-awareness; that is called discipline." This discipline may well be one of the best things for survivors. He explains, "I believe that actors can be trained to stay present in the moment (the now). In doing so, he or she can begin the process right where they are and expand from there. Ordinary humans can respond in extraordinary ways when exposed to creative paradigm shifts: Those moments when you can no longer fit into the small space of existence you once occupied. The artist is transformed by moment-to-moment expressions of true honesty and a renewal of mind, body, and spirit."
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