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The solo performance play about HAROLD CLURMAN
The most influential figure in the history of the American Theatre
Director / Drama Critic / Co-founder of The Group Theatre



Create by Ronald Rand


How Extraordinary People Live to
Create and Create to Live

by Ronald Rand

Published by Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, Nancy Cleary

Foreword by Mel Gordon

An extraordinary collection of over 100 soul-searching interviews assembled by Goodwill Cultural Ambassador, actor, and best-selling author, Ronald Rand. Explore the creative process of many of the world’s most acclaimed actors, actresses, artists, choreographers, composers & lyricists, dancers, directors, educators, musicians, playwrights, poets, singers, and writers of our time.

CREATE! shines a light on how creative artists have forged a way through their lives, to open people's minds to what's possible in our great humanity on this planet. Their words re-affirm that we are fragile yet courageous people, deeply committed to sharing ideas and touching souls through compassion and art.

Every page bursts with color artwork and photography by such renowned artists as Al Hirschfeld, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Sir Derek Walcott, Brian Cox, Lucie Arnaz, Joel Grey, Stephen Lang, Randall Duk Kim, Martha Carpenter, Michael Shane Neal, Jim Warren, Parish Kohanim, Jillian Edelstein, Allan Warren, David Pena, Tim Stevenson, Julieta Cervantes, Kwaku Alston, N. Paripovic, Paula Allen, Stan Barouh, Jimmy Turrell, James McMullan, Carolyn Palmer, Ming Cho Lee, Thomas V. Nash, Paul Kolnik, Victor Masayesva, Jr., and Robert Wilson.




March 12th, 2018 7-8pm
The Lambs, 3 West 51st Street, New York City
(Reservations necessary!! No charge for the Event,
call (212)586-0306, RSVP@The-Lambs.org
with: Ronald Rand, Dijana Milošević, Tina Chen, Angelica Page, Nicole Ansari, Gregg Goldston, Craig Marin, Carolyn Palmer, Carol Fox Prescott, Tisa Chang, and Nancy Rhodes
(Dijana Milošević trip sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Serbia)


Dec 21, 2017

Muscle Shoals
Public Library,
Muscle Shoals,
with: Ronald Rand
Eddie Martin
Jerry Foster
Martha Carpenter
Libby Jordan
Susie Shoemaker
Libby Jordan
Jerry Masters
Jan Masters
Amanda Perry

Nov 5th, 2017

Public Library,
Florence, Alabama
with: Ronald Rand
Jake Landers
Michael A. Curtis
Kerry Gilbert
Martha Carpenter
Tim Stevenson
Hugh Banks
Libby Jordan
Jerry Masters
Jan Masters
Amanda Perry

Sept 12th, 2017

Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 
Tuscumbia, Alabama

with: Ronald Rand
Marty Raybon
Will McFarlane
Garrett Miles
Jim Seales
Michael A. Curtis
Mitchell Curtis
Donny Carpenter
Kerry Gilbert
Alyssa Ashley
Hugh Banks
Shane Goodson
Terry Kimbrough
Eddie Martin
Tony Lee
Malcolm Singleton
Steve Bigbee
Martha Carpenter
Tim Stevenson
Jerry Masters
Jan Masters
& Dixie Griffin

July 12th, 2017
Barnes & Noble
New York City
with: Ronald Rand
Brian Cox
Elizabeth Ashley
Everett Raymond Kinstler
Nancy Rhodes
Michael Pressman
Louise Hirschfeld
Carolyn D Palmer

June 21st, 2017
Cold Water Books
Tuscumbia, Alabama
with: Ronald Rand
Martha Carpenter
Betty Maloney
Tim Stevenson

June 8th, 2017
The Drama Book Shop
New York City
with: Ronald Rand
Tina Chen
Mel Gordon
Nicole Ansari
Martha Carpenter
Sabera Shaik
Carolyn D Palmer
Rob Mermin
Tara Sabharwal
Penny Templeton
Steve Ross

June 8th, 2017
The Players Club
New York City
with: Ronald Rand
Everett Raymond Kinstler
Jack Garfein
Nicole Ansari
Louise Hirschfeld
Martha Carpenter
Sabera Shaik
Randall Duk Kim
Parish Kohanim
Carolyn D Palmer
Rob Mermin
Nancy Rhodes



F. Murray Abraham Mary Alice Selma Alispahic Nicole Ansari Lucie Arnaz Elizabeth Ashley Alec Baldwin Ellen Burstyn Phoebe Brand Carol Burnett Len Cariou Carol Channing Tina Chen Brian Cox Ossie Davis Ruby Dee André De Shields Olympia Dukakis Randall Duk Kim Ben Gazzara Kelsey Grammer Lee Grant Joel Grey Spalding Gray Julie Harris Stephen Henderson Kim Hunter Dragan Jovicic Jack Klugman Shirley Knight Stephen Lang Laurence Luckinbill Judith Malina Jan Maxwell Rue McClanahan Patricia Neal Jerry Orbach Angelica Page Christopher Plummer Bill Pullman Phylicia Rashad Tony Randall Luise Rainer Chita Rivera Roy Scheider Marian Seldes Sabera Shaik Sylvia Sidney Kate Valk Ben Vereen Eli Wallach Fritz Weaver


Martha Carpenter Alvin Colt Al Hirschfeld Everett Raymond Kinstler Parish Kohanim Ming Cho Lee Carolyn Palmer Tara Sabharwal Tim Stevenson Paul Tazewell


Lori Belilove Jacques d’Amboise Graciela Daniele Anna Halprin Alonzo King Pearl Lang Pilar Rioja Tommy Tune


Gregg Goldston Barry Lubin Craig Marin Rob Mermin David Shiner


Gretchen Cryer Erwin Drake Marvin Hamlisch Sheldon Harnick Charles Strouse Melvin van Peebles Jeanine Tesori


Eugenio Barba Anne Bogart Joseph Chaikin Tisa Chang Ping Chong Jack Garfein
Andre Gregory Sabra Jones Michael Kahn Woodie King, Jr. Robert Lepage Emily Mann Dijana Milosevic Diane Paulus Michael Pressman Harold Prince Nancy Rhodes Lloyd Richards Mark Rydell Andrei Serban Ellen Stewart Tadashi Suzuki Robert Wilson


Patch Adams Robert Brustein Dick Cavett Victor Masayesva Jr. Henry Muttoo Tina Ramirez Charlie Soap Dr. Barbara Ann Teer


Leon Bates Julie Budd Stephanie Chase Karen Drucker Chaka Khan Meredith Monk Vinicio Quezada Steve Ross Jim Seales Travis Wammack Eve Wolf Eugenia Zukerman


Edward Albee Harold Bloom Ed Bullins Nilo Cruz Christopher Durang Eve Ensler Horton Foote Maria Irene Fornes Larry Gelbart John Guare Tina Howe David Henry Hwang Odile Gakire Katese Arthur Kopit Arthur Laurents Budd Schulberg John Patrick Shanley Peter Stone Apriana Taylor Vijay Tendulkar Elise Thoron Jean-Claude van Itallie Sir Derek Walcott Elie Wiesel William Yellow Robe, Jr.




Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love

“This interview collection is an effective time capsule of some of the best years of the American stage.

Ronald Rand’s CREATE! compiles interviews with many of the most important theater artists of the past few decades: actors, composers, directors, writers—and even clowns.

A longtime stage and screen actor, and the publisher of “The Soul of the American Actor,” Rand has an impressive Rolodex, and he makes good use of it for this enjoyable volume.

The interviews are all short—about a page or two in length—with photos or illustrations of the artists and brief introductions to their work.

Rand asked these artists questions specific to their work. So it happens that Kelsey Grammar and Alec Baldwin discuss what keeps them doing live theater, long after they established personas in other media, while Eve Ensler discusses her transition from writing her work to performing it.

Elsewhere, Al Hirschfeld argues for the importance of arts education and reminisces about the biggest personalities he caricatured. Rand’s interviews took place as far back as the 1990s, so the work also includes a large number of deceased legends, including writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, monologue master Spalding Gray, actor Ossie Davis, and jack-of-all-trades Marvin Hamlisch.

Particularly for such long-departed subjects, it’s nice to see one more interviews about their work.

This also helps the book serve as an effective time capsule of some of the best years of the American stage and the artists who made that time possible.

With so many interviews packed into one volume, one can’t help but feel like individual attention could be longer, and quite a lot of the anecdotes and answers almost beg for follow-up questions.

Still, it’s clear how many years of effort went into CREATE! 

The oversized layout is beautifully designed, the mix of interviewees is outstanding, and the book is packed with plenty of good stories from major artists, making it a unique and worthwhile collection.”


Black Tie International

Publisher Gerard McKeon  Editor-in-Chief Joyce Brooks
On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - May 20, 2017

“I received an advance copy of a book that will be of enormous interest to people who want to increase their creativity. 

Create!: How Extraordinary People Live To Create and Create To Live, by Ronald Rand, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2017.

It is a book of perceptive interviews by the author with actors, actresses, artists, designers, choreographers, dancers, clowns, mime artists, puppeteers, composers, lyricists, directors, educators, musicians, singers, playwrights, poets and writers.

It begins with a two page preface,The Creative State of Mind, by Mel Gordon, a retired professor, who taught theatre history and acting for four decades, and a two page introduction by Ronald Rand, who has taught and performed for over two decades on five continents, from which one learns the theme of this fascinating book.

Among those interviewed, I can only mention a few, like Joey Grey, Chita Rivera, Al Hirschfeld, Jacques d’Amboise, Tommy Tune, David Shiner, Charles Strouse, Sheldon Harnick, Julie Budd, Christopher Durang, Tisa Chang, Harold Prince and Dick Cavett.

Anyone interested in the arts should purchase this book.

It will leave a profound impression on your mind, and may change your life.”


"An enriching book for everyone, CREATE! captures the passion of creativity in the theater, music, dance, in fact, all the arts.  
An invaluable guide to the inner workings of the artist's vision."  

Andre Bishop, Producing Artistic Director, Lincoln Center Theatre

"Ronald Rand’s new book is bound to open eyes and minds…."  
Alyque Padamsee 
 Film star/Director-played Jinnah in ”Gandhi"

"CREATE!" is a great asset to the understanding of 
the varieties of creative forces which inhabit people."
Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, Cultural Historian

"Ronald Rand's CREATE! brings the majesty and mystery  
of the theatre to life in a series of remarkable interviews  
with remarkable artists.  
A must-read for students and aficionados of the stage.”  
David Bridel  
Dean, School of Dramatic Arts, University of Southern California

“For some 20 years, Ronald Rand's invaluable publication, The Soul of the American Actor, has featured in-depth interviews with a wide range of acting talent, from the inevitable to the unexpected. It is a wonderful treat to have so many of them in CREATE!, to be re-read and savored.” 
Wendy Smith  
author, Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre, America, 1931-1940

“A Fabulous Book!”  
Barbara Mackenzie-Wood
Professor of Drama, Head of Acting/Music Theatre Program, Carnegie-Mellon University

“You’re putting down an important legacy.”  
Ben Vereen

“I praise you for this incredible book you ‘created.’  
It's a brilliant legacy.”  
Tina Chen

“Ronald Rand’s profound new book CREATE! is an encyclopedia of interviews, illustrations, photos and Ronald Rand's interviews reveal “pearls of wisdom” from famous artists from all fields.”  
Penny Templeton

“Thank you for your beautiful book,  
and all the wonder you have in your soul.”  
Tyler Chase
Founder of L’Orage Productions


Ronald Rand P.O. Box 20633 New York, N.Y. 10023

Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing 


by Ronald Rand with photos by Luigi Scorcia

foreword by J. Michael Miller

"All through this masterful book, one question is often poised: Why should an actor study the craft of acting? The probing interviews not only answer the questions posed, but carefully lead the actors into answers that will help their careers grow. A valuable, insightful book that every actor should read." – Eli Wallach

“I would recommend Mr. Rand’s book to anyone seeking a life in the theatre.” – Harold Prince

“Too often the work of these teachers goes unacknowledged, except by the actors who need and love them. Here, it is great to see these teachers get the attention they deserve.” – Joanne Woodward

"As a sometime acting teacher,  I have become acquainted with the difficulties this work presents. The book is enlightening, entertaining and important. Who better to present it than Ronald Rand, one of the great, dedicated professionals of the theatre." – Alec Baldwin

Interviews with: Gregory Abels, Gary Austin, Harold Baldridge, Bud Beyer,
Anne Bogart, Ron Burrus, Ivana Chubbuck, Susan Grace Cohen, André De Shields, Olympia Dukakis, William Esper, Zelda Fichandler, Maggie Flanigan, Gerald Freedman, Julie Garfield, Kathryn Gately, Stephen McKinley-Henderson, Michael Howard, Anne Jackson, Zina Jasper, Michael Kahn, Milton Katselas, Ed Kovens, Barbara Mackenzie-Wood, Theodore Mann, Joanna Merlin, Robert X Modica, Eric Morris, George Morrison, Larry Moss, Elizabeth Parrish, Robert Patterson, Austin Pendleton, Carol Fox Prescott, Lloyd Richards, Joanna Rotté, Larry Sacharow, Terry Schreiber, Marian Seldes, Mel Shapiro, Sande Shurin, Melissa Smith, Robin Lynn Smith, Alice Spivak, Arthur Storch, John Strasberg, Penny Templeton, Ron van Lieu, Wendy Ward, and Loyd Williamson.

Rare interviews with: Sidney Poitier, Gene Hackman, James Gandolfini, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, Billy Crudup, Steve Buscemi, John Tuturro, Doris Roberts, Boyd Gaines, Lillias White, Betsy Aiden, Patti LuPone, JoBeth Williams, Kristin Davis, Pamela Gien, Libby Skala, Eriq LaSalle, Salome Jens, Karen Allen, Laura San Giacomo, Sarah Wynter, Molly Regan, Chris Chin, Alexandra Gersten- Vassilaros, Jill Melanie Wirth, Stephanie DiMaggio, Bethany Butler, Megan Hilty, Dawn Arnold, Kate Wisniewski, James Dale, Saxon Trainor, Joan Hotchkiss, Saheem Ali, Adam Dannheiser, Christopher Roberts, Jay Russell, Sam Rockwell, Michal Sinnot, Jickie Schnee, Clayton Dean Smith, Amos Crawley, Jill Bianchini, Robbie Sublett, Kate Vandever, & William Hurt.

$19.95, Paperback, ISBN 1-58115-473-9; 978-1-58115-473-3
ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY:  visit www.RandomHouse.com

ACTING TEACHERS OF AMERICA can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Drama Book Shop in New York City, or contact author.
For more information or to set-up Interviews: contact the author:
Ronald Rand at mrronaldrand@gmail.com, 917-622-5365




Borders, New York City (with Andre De Shields, Gerry Freedman,Marian Seldes, Ronald Rand, Luigi Scorcia)

Borders, Hollywood, California (with Salone Jens, Gary Austin, Ronald Rand, Luigi Scorcia)

The Drama Book Shop, New York City (with Gregory Abels, Bud Beyer, Susan Grace Cohen, Ed Kovens, Andre De Shields*, Arthur Storch, John Strasberg, Penny Templeton, Loyd Williamson, Ronald Rand)

New York Public Library (Stephen McKinley Henderson, Theodore Mann, Carol Fox Prescott, Sande Shurin, Penny Templeton, Ronald Rand, Luigi Scorcia)

Samuel French Book Store, Hollywood, California (Gary Austin, Ronald Rand, Luigi Scorcia)

CUNY(City University of New York), New York City (with Lee Grant, Kristin Linklater, Gregory Abels, Harold Baldridge, Bud Beyer, Ron Burrus, Susan Grace Cohen, Olympia Dukakis, William Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Julie Garfield, Kathryn Gately, Barbara MacKenzie Wood, Robert X. Modica, Eric Morris, Elizabeth Parrish, Carol Fox Prescott, Joanna Rotté, Marian Seldes, Sande Shurin, Alice Spivak, Arthur Storch, John Strasberg, Penny Templeton, Loyd Williamson, Ronald Rand)

Borders, Louisville, Kentucky (with Rinda Frye, Dru Pilmer, Juergen K. Tossman, Ronald Rand)



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