California-based, Trini-raised actor, Noel Arthur is scheduled to return to Trinidad next month and will host an informative and engaging workshop on Saturday September 22 for drama students, as well as aspiring and established actors, as part of the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
“I’m really very excited and looking forward to coming home,” said Arthur, “to share all my knowledge, insights and experience and also to see and experience the talent that exists and has been growing and evolving in Trinidad and Tobago…”
Arthur grew up in San Fernando and migrated to New York City with his family at age 14. He attended Denzel Washington’s alma mater, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, where he received a BA in Drama. The talented Trini thespian then earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from Columbia University in New York City, where he studied under world-renowned voice and Shakespeare instructor, Kristin Linklater and Viewpoints movement innovator, Anne Bogart.
Since then, Arthur has appeared on numerous US network television shows, including: Grey’s Anatomy, Shake It Up, Scrubs, Glee, NCIS, KC Undercover, NCIS: LA and The Young and The Restless.
He has also starred on screen opposite Nicholas Cage, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, Charisma Carpenter and Chloe Sevigny to name a few and had work with acclaimed directors, Brian De Palma, Werner Herzog, Oz Scott and Chandra Wilson.
More recently, Arthur thrilled audiences nightly at the Antaeus Theatre in Glendale, California as he co-starred in a play entitled “Native Son” based on Richard Wright’s groundbreaking 1940 novel, as adapted by Nambi E Kelley and Directed by Andi Chapman. Critically-acclaimed for his role as “The Black Rat”, Arthur is currently nominated for a “Best Supporting Actor” Award at the fourth annual Los Angeles Theatre Awards as presented by Stage Raw and scheduled for August 20 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Downtown LA, California, USA.
Produced by Elisha Creates, Arthur’s workshop is officially entitled “The Business Behind The Show”, more loosely themed “Trinibago Actors Level Up” and is included on the official ttff calendar. The 13th edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) will open with a grand gala ceremony and screening on Tuesday September 18, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain.
Inspired by the extraordinary life and times of Mr Ulric Cross, the film Hero as directed by Frances-Anne Solomon will open this year’s festival. The “Level Up” workshop will focus on ‘business strategies for building a solid foundation for an acting career – primarily in the North American markets’, as well as audition techniques ‘to book the job’. It will include an interactive panel and Q&A session and is scheduled to take place on Saturday September 22 from 9 am at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop building, located at #6 Newbold Street, St. Clair.