If there’s a traditional way to becoming an actor, Jack Garfein didn’t follow it. At the tender age of 13, Garfein survived imprisonment in Auschwitz. There, in the throes of absolute devastation, he developed a passion for escape through acting. After immigrating to America he studied in New York and received a 25-year-old’s greatest opportunity: directing his first off-Broadway show. The production End as a Man later became the movie The Strange One. On Monday, Garfein will discuss his experience in the concentration camps, his Broadway work and how his Jewish heritage affected his career during a lecture called “The Life of a Holocaust Survivor and Theatre-Film Artist.” A few remarkable topics that Garfein’s likely to cover beginning at 1:30 p.m. are his directorial film credits and experiences working with actors such as James Dean, Ben Gazzara and Marilyn Monroe. He will also do a Q&A and sign copies of his book, Life and Acting — Techniques for the Actor. This free lecture takes place in the Golden Eagle Suite of UNT’s University Union at 1155 Union Circle in Denton. Call 940-369-8933, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon., Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m., 2012