I started acting classes in 2012 after I did a short parody of Scorsese’s Taxi Driver for an ad agency. The director, Dean Maryon was so impressed, he encouraged me to pursue this is a new career and to quickly ditch my day job. “It will be tough but hold fast. You got a natural innate talent. You just need some schooling.” That was the last I heard of him after the movie was cut.
Living in Amsterdam, I sought out an English speaking acting school and found Mulholland Academy. I contacted the director, Debra Mulholland showing her my only clip and expressed desire to be an actor although honestly, I was a bit apprehensive thinking that 43 years old is too late to start out. She wrote back that was nonsense, one is never too old or late to become an actor and with that, I was welcomed to join the Academy.
Under Debra, I am studying a mix of the Meisner Technique along with Jaques Lecoq physical movement and currently beginning my third year in January 2014 where I will begin working on comedy, improv and stage fighting. In 2013 & 2014 Steven Ditmyer held three intensive classes at Mulholland Academy focusing purely on Sanford Meisner’s technique in which I had the distinct pleasure and wonderful opportunity to work with him. It was a difficult 20 months in only 20 days!
In February 2014 I was approached by Catherine Lord the founder of Factories for Flying Carpets to have a read of Caryl Chruchill’s Seagulls and with that I was welcomed to the theatre company, cast as Cliff along with a spectacular actress and good friend Amélie Onzon playing Di and Catherine Lord played the lead Mrs. Valery Blair as well as directed play. After many months of rehearsals in October 2014 for a three night run, I did my first professional theatre play in front of 200 people at The University Theatre of Amsterdam. I really earned my theatre wings this year!
I must say, acting is a lot of hard work, physically and emotionally. I takes a lot out of you but in the end, it sure as hell a lot of fun and rewarding!!