MU Theatre Professor Jim Miller emphasizes happenstance events, moments of inspiration, and intriguing connections as he talks about his work in the theatre—from a revelation while working on a Pepto-Bismol commercial in New York years ago (that he couldn’t “stomach” life as a struggling Broadway actor) to selecting which plays to direct at MU. Now, after twenty-six years of teaching and directing at MU, Miller has not only gathered a large repertoire of these stories, but has also come to believe in the power of such intangible resources as serendipity and instinct in the realm of acting and directing.
MIller talks about how he got involved in the performance of the letters of Tennessee Williams.
Miller discusses his philosophy of teaching the disciplines of directing and acting.
MIller talks about the extraordinary talent at Mizzou and the difference it has made.
Miller talks about his preference of film over theatre as an actor’s medium.