© Thea Green, 2013.
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I once started a series of underground puppet shows in the laundry room of a Chicago steakhouse. The audiences were brimming with waitresses, busboys, and hostesses, excited to spend their break watching characters develop through napkin puppets and stages made out of oversized laundry bins. I was seven years old, the shows cost a quarter, and ever since, I have been hopelessly addicted to visual storytelling.
After my childhood, which included lavish basement musical theatre productions complete with costumes from my mother's days of singing on cruise ships, I studied acting and writing in the Chicago theatre scene through the Lookingglass Theatre and a year at DePaul University Theatre School. While I loved acting, I continually found myself in another world, a world I created with the words I put on paper. I moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to be closer to the heart of moviemaking and studied Screenwriting and English at Loyola Marymount University, driving from Marina Del Rey to Silverlake by night so that I could learn sketch and improv with the Upright Citizen's Brigade.
At this point, I thought I might try my hand at making something. For my very first short film, Save Me, all I knew is that I had an idea and that I wanted to see my words come to life. It was the story of Patrick, an unconventional relationship expert hired by one party of a relationship to stage a robbery in hopes of getting the other party to heroically save the victim and thus, reignite their chemistry. I thought I knew what I was doing until my lead actor asked me on the shoot day for a shot list, and what I handed him was some sort of scribbled stationary with things like "we get a shot of her from the front, she's drinking a PBR, big burp." I was reminded that I had never directed a film in my life. With the help of very gifted actors, Save Me was a decent first attempt at filmmaking, and even though it wasn't perfect, I felt like I'd finally been invited to the best party in town. Through trial and error, working on several independent shoots, learning from talented colleagues, watching and analyzing movies like a second full-time job, and reading hundreds of books and scripts, I taught myself to direct. Every day I think I know what I am doing, I am thrown a new curveball and find joy in the challenge of discovering the answers. Every day I work to get better because filmmaking is my greatest joy. I've never waited for someone to give me permission, I've never stopped because of budgetary concerns, and I've never waited for a big name to say, "I want that part." The puppet show must go on.
hello, my name is THEA GREEN
I live in West Hollywood
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thea at theagreen dot com