Actor to Monk – Part 1 of Brooke’s Post


Yesterday, we went to the monasteries of Meteora. These really old, beautiful houses of worship stand perched on the most amazing rocks I have ever seen. To me, they look like they were drawn by Tim Burton. Smooth, holey rock swirling out of the earth.

I love visiting houses of worship as an artistic and historical journey, but you cannot enter a place like the monasteries in Meteora and not feel something special. These places were created and protected on the basis of peace and salvation. The monks who founded them wanted to be the closest they could to their god, and they truly got as close as they could.

If Greece has taught me anything, which it has exceeded every single expectation I had before this trip, it is that the possibilities and capabilities of human beings are endless. After our seven-hour hike of the Vikos Gorge, the amount of work we do in just a single day, and putting on a mile-long traveling piece of theatre in just a few days, my whole idea of human expectations has changed. Think about the Ancient Greeks. They looked up at the night sky, connected the dots, and discovered astronomy. They looked at their daily lives, thought critically, and began philosophy. They saw shapes as numbers and numbers as shapes. They built the Parthenon and put villages on mountains. They did not let anything get in their way.

As an actor, especially on this trip with OYL where we are constantly creating and thinking about our art, I think it is extremely valuable to remember how capable we all are.  It is so important to take risks in our lives as well as in our work. Actors should be like the monks who built the monasteries. They followed their intentions to create something beautiful, a truly magnificent work of art.

— Brooke

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