Well-Known Theater Director Stars In His Student's Festival Short
Longtime Queens resident and Co-Artistic Director of T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre Peter Jensen gave up directing for a day (or a night) for a main role in a short film written and directed by his acting student Irina Varina. With a cinematographer Aharon Rothschild they shot a story about a man looking for his past on a step street of Washington Heights. A finished film called “A Memory” became an official selection of Queens World Film Festival.
Peter Jensen and Irina Varina met at T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre where Irina was a student in Peter's scene study class. A graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Peter admits that being an actor in “A Memory” was somewhat a relieve “because I didn't have to be responsible for the whole production, just my role”. But at the same time “terrifying” since he hadn't acted in a long time.
As of now both Peter Jensen and Irina Varina are back to their usual “roles”. After directing two John Patrick Shanley's plays “Doubt” and “Poison” Peter is working on “Incendiary Agents” by Jack Karp opening in March. Meanwhile, Irina is flying to Atlanta to star in “The War” film, and then back to NewYork to be a part of Kafka's based “Metamorphosis”.