Bay Area veteran George Maguire is our latest featured member. George has enjoyed an illustrious career across the country, having first joined Actor's Equity fifty years ago. He has been lighting up stages and screens since then, and has also spent many years training future generations of artists. Recently, George has been among the most active adjudicators in the TBA Awards. Needless to say, we're fans.
| TBA Featured Member George Maguire.|
Tell us a little about your theatre work.
I have been a proud member of AEA for 50 years. I got my card in 1964 at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera working with Phil Silvers, Ginger Rogers, Vivian Blaine, Georgio Tozzi and others in musicals such as Tovarich, Top Banana, Mr. President and South Pacific. I was there for the next five seasons and returned in 1979 as assistant director. I began an MFA at both the University of Denver and subsequently NYU, and as always happens, I got a job and never quite finished the degree. In 1975, I started to explore the non-musical theatre world and opened up to Shakespeare festivals and numerous regional theatres like Actors Theater of Louisville. I made my Broadway debut in an ill-fated revival of Canterbury Tales. I moved to California to be a faculty member, actor, and director at PCPA Theaterfest and moved to San Francisco in 1986. In 1988, I got a part-time job at Solano Community College, cofounded the Actor Training Program and became full-time for 18 subsequent years (leaving two years ago). I've had the joy of appearing in leading and supporting roles in over 35 films and TV pilots including Fight Club, Pursuit of Happiness, James Franco's Yosemite, and most recently The Right Side of Wrong with James Remar and Lea Thompson.
What do you like about the theatre scene here in the Bay?
The Bay Area scene is like an extended family of artists: loving, creative, supportive and positive. We thoroughly enjoy going to one another's productions and really give one another a huge and encouraging sense of "Go there!" when we see expansion in work and character-creativity.
Do you have a resource or piece of advice you'd like to share?
Always live in the positive! Be ready and open to change in both yourself and the world around you. I tell my students that the two most important things an actor owns are your reputation and a box of thank-you cards!
You've also been active adjudicator in the TBA Awards. How has that experience been for you?
Being an adjudicator has opened up a wide range of new experiences, especially with theatres I had not previously visited. The vast panoply of artists and visions in the Bay Area is never to be underestimated.
Anything coming up soon that you're excited about?
I'm off to live in Europe for three months starting in mid-December!
Theatre Bay Area members: Creative. Committed. Community.