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Aviva Rahmani’s Blued Trees

A couple of years ago artist and curator Linda Weintraub introduced me to Aviva Rahmani and I got to take part in her Blued Trees installation/performance piece at the International Studio & Curatorial Program. Aviva is an amazing artist who created this work to fight corporations installing pipelines across public and private land, often through the use of eminent domain. It’s critically important work and I’m proud to have taken part.

Aviva recently asked me to record the voiceover track for the piece she has planned for the Queens Museum. I’m very excited to continue my involvement with this project and will update when I know more. In the meantime you can learn more about this work on Aviva’s website and the Blued Trees Facebook page.…

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You Can’t Afford This Show at the PIT Loft

As part of my residency with Rebel Theatre Ensemble, I wrote a solo show about the last two years of my mentor’s life. That mentor was Zachary Solov, choreographer of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and a former dancer with Balanchine’s first touring company and Ballet Theatre.

This coincided with a $19 million lawsuit filed against me (and others) by the FTC and DOJ.

This year I determined to whip what I wrote for Rebel into performance shape and take it to Edinburgh in 2018. With the help of Peter Michael Marino (my workshop teacher at the PIT), Alisa Kwitney (who gives me more writing support than I deserve), Phoebe Leonard (who understands the importance of drinking during a writing meeting), and Alex Tuller (who has supported my every effort on this front), I’ll present a 30 minute version of it tonight at the PIT Loft at 154 W. 29th Street at 7:30pm.

Hope you can make it. TIX»

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Fantom reviews gives Here Lies Joe Five “Daggers”

“Here Lies Joe is a successful character driven story which creates the narrative via those characters. It’s not a rich tapestry of characterization, which would be defeating, but elemental, providing just enough to move the story along and provide the viewer with a connection.

“I give it a full 5 Daggers, both for being the wonderful film it is and giving me so much to talk about; now that’s the definition of film.”

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Spark Media Project at the Tribeca Film Festival

I serve on the board of directors of Spark Media Project, which teaches media arts to underserved youth and gives them a forum to create film, television, radio, VR and more. Very excited to repost their recent success from the Tribeca Film Institute:

Spark Media Project’s “Santa Woman” was selected from hundreds of submissions from across the country as one of the top five finalists in the Tribeca Film Institute’s “The America I Am” Competition, which recognizes young filmmakers “that express unique perspectives on the American experience.”

The film was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival red carpet premiere at Ellis Island on April 19th, 2017.

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You Can’t Afford This Show by Dean Temple

I will be doing a half hour of my hour-long solo show at the PIT Loft at 154 West 29th Street on May 11 at 7:30pm

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Dean is living proof that the lottery makes a lousy retirement plan. This is going to get expensive.

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Staged Reading of MB by Walter Robinson

This past Sunday I took part in a reading of MB in White Plains before a crowd of about 150 or so. The play is a hip hop musical, a modern retelling of the Moses story in the context of the intersection of corporate America and hip hop culture. It’s a compelling modern slavery tale, and I feel privileged to have played a part in it.

Pictured above, left to right: Christian Lee Branch, Samantha Clark, Darlene Fontaine, Raven Marie Valentin, Russell Ferguson, Dean Temple, and Adam Mace, director…

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Here Lies Joe wins Outstanding Short Drama

The 2017 Draft Film Festival in Derry, New Hampshire gave Here Lies Joe its Outstanding Short Drama Award last week. So in addition to the beautiful letter from a mother posted in a previous blog entry, Mark Battle brings home an award. I love the cast and crew of this film.…

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Publishers Weekly calls me soothing and proficient

“Temple’s solid, almost soothing, reading voice provides a steady guide through Stone’s text… Overall, though, Temple turns in a proficient performance.”

I’m pretty sure that no one has ever called me soothing before.

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A thank you note from a mother for Here Lies Joe

As a performing artist your greatest hope is that you will reach your audience in a meaningful way, sharing something with them about what it’s like to be human and trying to find our way through life. This note was passed along to Here Lies Joe’s director Mark Battle at the Draft Film Festival last week. As Mark said, “This is better than any award could ever be.”…

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Glowing review of Here Lies Joe from The Last Reel

“The chemistry between Temple and Morrow is off the chart. The duo play meet cute in an oddly effective way given the subject matter–Some Hollywood produced rom-coms have less of that key element with a two hour narrative than “Joe” has within its format.”

Read the full review here »

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March 9 comedy monologue at People’s Improv Theater

I’ve been working on a solo show I plan to take to Edinburgh Fringe in summer 2018. While I had a rough draft written, I wanted something to help me start whipping it into performance shape. Enter Peter Michael Marino’s class Flying Solo at the PIT-NYC. Peter has a pretty amazing understanding of both solo performance and comedy – his work has included several shows he’s taken to Edinburgh and beyond, as well as a musical that opened in the West End – and it’s been a terrific experience working with him. I’ve made a living as a writer for a long time, but it always amazes me how much more I have to learn. Peter is a great teacher. My writing has changed.

Our class show is this Thursday at 8:30 (tickets available here) and I’ll be premiering my first theatrical monologue.…

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Guest Starring on “Who Killed Jane Doe?” on March 14, 2017

I will appear in “The Girl in the Gulf” – Amy Rose Hurst case (episode 101) on March 14 on Investigation Discovery at 10pm as Dock Detective. I had a blast shooting this in Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay, even though they dressed me in tweed in August (they kindly held a fan to my face and an umbrella over my head when I was off camera). Thank you Thea Washington for casting me in this.…

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Bestselling “The Upstarts” is Amazon’s Pick for Best Nonfiction for February

At the time of writing, The Upstarts audio book is number 9 on Amazon’s bestseller list for Technology and Business books. Hachette let me know that they sold 1,000 copies of the audiobook in the first week. They also let me know that’s an extremely impressive number. It’s early days still, but with 87 ratings on Audible, I have a 4.7/5 star performance rating. So far, my experience with narrating audiobooks is pretty awesome.…

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That’s a wrap for The Ambulance Drivers

Just finished recording an interesting and insightful – and incredibly well researched – new book by New York Times’ bestselling author James McGrath Morris about the friendship between Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, two radically different personalities with very different views of the world and the effects that had on both their writing and their relationship. It’s wonderful to work again with producer/director Lisa Cahn and sound engineer/director James Zoutis (worked on The Upstarts with them as well). Look for it in late spring.…

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Here Lies Joe in Chattanooga Film Festival

Very excited to announce that Here Lies Joe is an official selection of the 2017 Chattanooga Film Festival. I am looking forward to visiting Tennessee this April!…

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View from the studio

My view as we start in on the Ambulance Drivers, about the friendship that developed between Hemingway and Dos Passos following their stints driving ambulances in World War II. It’s an incredibly well researched, very readable work by New York Times’ bestseller James McGrath Morris that follows their early struggles defining their writing styles to represent a new generation, and how their experiences, both at war and in their personal lives, informed what they did. An interesting historic read for anyone really, assuming they do read, but interesting in particular for artists. They failed and failed again but kept working until they succeeded. …

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Hemmingway, Dos Passos, Stein, and some guy named Temple

Excited to return to the studio with Hachette Audio next week to record The Ambulance Drivers by New York Times bestselling author James McGrath Morris. Here is his entry in Wikipedia. I feel honored for the opportunity to read his work.…

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Jimmy Page’s Bron Y Ur, but on my guitar

I used to record on my guitar a lot, but then, like with acting, I stopped for a long time for no good reason. Here’s the first one I’ve done in a while. It was done in one take, and no, my time keeping ain’t so good when I’m solo.…

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Best Actor Nomination at London Film Festival

I’m thrilled and honored to receive a Best Actor nomination at the London International Filmmakers Festival 2017 for my work in Here Lies Joe. The film was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Timothy J. Cox) and Best Editing. Congratulations and my thanks to director Mark Battle and writer Pamela Conway. The festival will take place in February.…

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Narrating Brad Stone’s The Upstarts for Hachette Audio

I wrapped yesterday on The Upstarts by New York Times bestselling author Brad Stone (The Everything Store), directed and produced by Lisa Cahn for Hachette Audio, read by me. It’s the story of the rise of AirBnB, Uber and the sharing economy (as well as a couple of multi billionaires). Comes out in January 2017, and I’ll post when the audio book becomes available.…

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Reviews

Voice of Authority delivers a good helping of comedy and masterful solo performance. An entertaining and thought-provoking show. – Fringe Review UK

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About Dean

Dean is an actor, writer, and creative director based in NYC and the Hudson Valley. His solo show, Voice of Authority, will be at the Kraine Theater, Feb 21-Mar 9, at 59E59 Theaters, July 17-21, and at Edinburgh Fringe, Aug 2-24, in 2019.

He has appeared on the stage at Carnegie Hall (Mr. Richard in Fannie Lou the Musical), as well as design installations there for VDAY through his company, Drake Creative Collaborative.

He also serves as board president for The Art Effect, a nonprofit where youth learn to explore, experience, and excel in the arts and arts-related fields.