So, seven months ago, I drove my car to Norwalk, made the right turn at Gateway Computer Store and found my way back to the Calasanz Dojo. Of course, the first thing I was struck by as I got out of my car was the beautiful wood entrance to the school. I walked up to the door, took a deep breath, pulled the big iron ring and walked in.

I won’t try to take you step by step through my past seven months training, but let me give you some of my strongest impressions.

First of all, at the center of this world, is Calasanz himself. I am sure you know how rare it is to meet someone who has truly mastered something; someone whose life is a devotion to this thing and who believes that it is through this thing that, literally, the pain and chaos of our planet could be healed. Calasanz is this kind of master. He "is" his art; he is the walking embodiment of it. That alone is a tremendous inspiration. Over the years, I have learned that if one can truly "listen," there is something immeasurably powerful to be gained by being in the presence of a master.

As a teacher, Calasanz has a great depth of compassion and humanity. I have seen him work with children, with the elderly, with people who have physical limitations and with people from vastly different backgrounds and life experiences. And what I have seen time and time again is his true caring and interest in helping each person fulfill their own desire to grow stronger, their very personal need to widen the boundaries of their own potential. Certainly, he has encouraged me in these ways.

Larry Silverberg is the author of the internationally acclaimed four volume series, "The Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actors Workbook," the two volume series, "The Actors Guide to Qualified Acting Coaches," and "Loving To Audition." Larry is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre where he studied with legendary acting teacher, Sanford Meisner.

Since then, Larry has worked professionally as an actor and director across the United States and in Canada. Most recently, he received the Seattle Critic’s Association "Stellar Acting Award" for his portrayal of "Teach" in the Belltown Theatre Center production of "American Buffalo." Larry also teaches the Meisner approach in his professional actors training program which he offers in New York City.

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