Neal Hemphill

Neal Hemphill is an actor, filmmaker, and photographer.

As an actor, Neal has worked in 31 states and 3 foreign countries, performing everything from off-off-Broadway solo shows to feature films to major touring productions.  He's always had a camera with him, and has taken photos everywhere he's gone.  This lifelong interest in performing and looking through a lens has led to third passion - filmmaking.  

Neal's passion for storytelling is now being expressed through screenwriting, directing, producing, and acting, as well as photography.  The common threads are heart, humanism, and love of life. 

 

"Time Stands Still"

Today's work is prepping a scene for The Independent Film School acting class tonight.  It's from Donald Margulies' extraordinary play "Time Stands Still."  I'll be doing the scene with Dawn Young.

I had the pleasure of seeing a tremendous production of this play at the Guthrie Theatre a few years ago, and it was one of the best plays I've seen over the past decade.  It is a privilege to get to work on it, and I hope one day to do a full production of this play.

"Time Stands Still" concerns a couple that have been completely devoted to reporting and photographing in war zones around the world, in the committed belief that their work is important and that it effects positive change.

At the point of the play, their work is impacting each of them in profoundly personal ways, and they must consider their path forward.  

I was most deeply affected by the question of whether or not to pursue a life of comfort and the appreciation of simple joy, versus that of giving one's self over to a higher calling.

 From the Guthrie Theatre production of "Time Stands Still."  Bill McCallum, Sarah Agnew.

From the Guthrie Theatre production of "Time Stands Still."  Bill McCallum, Sarah Agnew.