COLUMBUS, Ga — A veteran Hollywood and Broadway actor comes home to Georgia to bring a love for performing arts to the next line of future thespians.
Brian Reddy has worked with stars like Kevin Spacey and George Clooney. He’s also known for movies like “O, Brother Where Art Thou” and roles in “House of Cards”.
He plans to pass along as much as he can to the the rising stars today who are looking to follow his same path.
Georgia’s film industry is the 3rd largest in the country.
It all started in 2005 when the state started offering large tax incentives. A decade later we are reaping the fruit of that labor! It’s a fruit that impacts our very own students at Columbus State University.
“Currently every year there’s a $7 billion economic impact in film in television..and there’s a demand for workers and right now the truth is Georgia cannot meet the demand for those trades,” says Paul Pierce, the producing artistic director at the Springer Opera House. Pierce says the best part is it’s a lucrative career. He says entry level for many jobs in the industry is $45 an hour.
“Breaking into the industry” and “how to get agent” are just some of the topics Reddy is ready to talk about today. However, he says anytime he gives a talk like this he typically learns more than the students.
“The last time I did something like this passion for your craft and for art…knows no age and um iii i think the younger ones remind you of that,” says Reddy.
“The great story here is that Brian is one of us..he’s a Georgian who got his start here..his theaters studies done here in Georgia…made a name for himself all across the country and in different industries,” says Pierce.
This exciting visit from Reddy has intentional timing. It’s to help kick off the Springer Opera House and CSU’s blooming partnership. They are calling it GRT and it stands for the Georgia Repertory Theater. They are in the process right now of raising money. Their $10 million capital goal, when funded, will breath life into their vision. Just one of their visions includes bringing theater services to all 29 title one schools. Of course CSU’s students will benefit too. The dean of the College of the Arts at CSU, Richard Baxter, says the new relationship will allow kids to break out of the classroom…..where real learning happens.
“We want our students to have the advantage that if somebody says ‘can you do this’….they can go yeah I did that at a profession theater troop at the Springer Opera House,” says Baxter.
The symposium kicks off at noon today (Friday) at the CSU’s Riverside Theater. GRT says this is just the beginning of similar events.