A Man with No Name, or Too Many Names if You Think About it
- Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
Theater | Actor | Family | Individual | Names | Theatre | UCSD
Danvir. Jimmy. Danny V. Danny V & the Bumblebees. Danny Valentine. Double D. Deezus. D Weezy. DJ Takeover. Or ahh forget it. From lowly beginnings as a Window cleaner in Tin Pan Alley-era New York City singing "hello hello Tokio" to an "inn-keeper" in the countryside waxing rhapsodically about his famous battles while those around him push his buttons, this man with numerous names has had the opportunity to experience multiple worlds and the challenges that each of these bring up for the actor. From using the scansion work that Jim Winker taught us to play Bassianus in "Titus Andronicus" to working closely with Ursula on my RP dialect for "She Stoops to Conquer," I have been lucky enough during my time here to take the tools that I have attained in the classroom and use them in the rehearsal process. But above all else, my time here at UCSD has helped shape me in a way that I never could have imagined coming in. Not just as an actor but as an individual and a member of an ensemble or family as I like to think of you all as. I now have a community of like-minded artists that I can call to when I am in need of a friend or more importantly financial assistance. Overall, my experience here has been positive to say the least. UCSD has given me the tools to continue living the dream of being an actor. And a successful one at that.