Angel Dillemuth is from the Southeast Bronx; a graduate of The Actor’s Studio Drama School (Actor), member of Bronx Repertory Company and Manhattan Rep. Angel is a new playwright who began writing to give himself and other actors work. How I Survive being his fourth play. His plays have appeared at Manhattan Rep., The Tank and at Lehman College where he received his bachelors. He would like to thank Daryl, and the Blackboard Reading Series for this opportunity.
Name, Theatre Background…
Angel Dillemuth. Started acting in Church Show when I was a child. Began really studying acting at Lehman College and got my MFA at the Actor’s Studio Drama School.
I have an opportunity to share my experiences and life with like minded individuals who most likely have dealt with many of the same struggles as myself. Also it is a privilege to be part of this amazing community of talented writers of color.
As a an artist of the black community it is important to teach, continue learning and support each other.
My play examines society and how people feel trapped in it. These particular two characters realize there’s a bigger world out there and instead of supporting each other it’s a power struggle. This is an on going factor in not just black communities but in all. However, in the ghetto it’s mostly people of color and there’s a real lack of education and support which needs to change.
I first got the idea for this play while in my first year at The Actor’s Studio during an exercise called the Circle Dance led by Elizabeth Kemp. It was so powerful and there was such a love and power unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. And I wanted to explore this. I did a ton of work on the two characters and put in elements of myself and people I know from life or might’ve seen or heard about. I simply explored the characters focusing more on them than the story. The story is a common tale but in these character’s world and circumstance.