How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live



Sharing their insights on the process of creativity and the importance of the arts for humankind CREATE! features over 100 rare Interviews — actors, artists, choreographers, composers, dancers, designers, directors, musicians, composers, mime artists, playwrights, poets musicians, and writers — including Edward Albee, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Ellen Burstyn, Martha Carpenter, Carol Channing, Brian Cox, Jacques d’Amboise, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Katherine Dunham, Eve Ensler, Kelsey Grammer, Joel Grey, Al Hirschfeld, Julie Harris, Sheldon Harnick, Bill T. Jones, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Chaka Khan, Stephen Lang, Robert Lepage, Arthur Laurents, Mario van Peebles, Christopher Plummer, Harold Prince, Bill Pullman, Tony Randall, Luise Rainer, Phylicia Rashad, Chita Rivera, Roy Scheider, Tim Stevenson, Charles Strause, Tadashi Suzuki, Tommy Tune, Ben Vereen, Sir Derek Walcott, Elie Wiesel, Robert Wilson, and Eugenia Zukerman.

CREATE! features over 150 iconic photographs, paintings, and illustrations including Al Hirschfeld, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Tim Stevenson, Jim Warren, Martha Carpenter, Michael Shane Neal, Thomas V. Nash, Tommy Tune, Stephen Lang, Joel Grey, Tara Sabharwal, Carolyn D Palmer, Ming Cho Lee, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Fred Hatt, Gregg Goldston, David Pena, Parish Kohanim, Andre Gregory, Lucie Arnaz, Allan Warren, Stan Barouh, Jacques d’Amboise, Jimmy Turrell, Jillian Edelstein, James McMullan, Mary Gearhart, Alvin Colt, Sir Derek Walcott and Ronald Rand


Create by Ronald Rand

Create by Ronald Rand

Let It Be Art


Author of CREATE! Ronald Rand is the best-selling author of "Acting Teachers of America" used as a text at many universities and schools across America. An International Goodwill Cultural Ambassador, Rand is performing in his 16th year around the world in his celebrated solo play, LET IT BE ART! Harold Clurman’s Life of Passion — seen across five continents in twenty-three countries and twenty states, visit

In 1998, Rand founded and publishes “The Soul of the American Actor,” the only newspaper in the world dedicated to the creative process of the theater artist and all the arts, online at An International renowned director, Rand's production of "LUV" is running into its 4th sold-out year at Sarajevo’s Chamber Theatre 55.

The US State Department chose Rand as the first Fulbright Specialist at the University of Sarajevo’s Academy of Dramatic Arts in Bosnia & Herzegovina and the first Fulbright Specialist at the University of Malaya’s Cultural Centre, both for six weeks. A visiting guest professor at over seventy-five universities around the world, Rand was an Adjunct Professor of Acting and Directing at Pace University in New York City. Rand is the Librettist of the new opera, IBSEN, with composer Hartmut von Lieres, and currently at work on a feature film about The Group Theatre.

​ with an exciting​ PANEL DISCUSSION!! 


Sept 12th 5-7pm
Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Tuscumbia, Alabama

with: Ronald Rand
Marty Raybon
Will McFarlane
Garrett Miles
Jim Seales
Michael A. Curtis
Mitchell Curtis
Donny Carpenter
Kerry Gilbert
Alyssa Ashley
Hugh Banks
Shane Goodson
Terry Kimbrough
Eddie Martin
Tony Lee
Malcolm Singleton
Steve Bigbee
Martha Carpenter
Tim Stevenson
Jerry Masters
Jan Masters
& Dixie Griffin

July 12th 6-7pm
Barnes & Noble
New York City
with: Ronald Rand
Brian Cox
Elizabeth Ashley
Everett Raymond Kinstler
Nancy Rhodes
Michael Pressman
Louise Hirschfeld
Carolyn D Palmer

June 21st 5-7pm
Cold Water Books
Tuscumbia, Alabama
with: Ronald Rand
Martha Carpenter
Betty Maloney
Tim Stevenson

June 8th
The Drama Book Shop
New York City
with: Ronald Rand
Tina Chen
Mel Gordon
Nicole Ansari
Martha Carpenter
Sabera Shaik
Carolyn D Palmer
Rob Mermin
Tara Sabharwal
Penny Templeton
Steve Ross

June 8th
The Players Club
New York City
with: Ronald Rand
Everett Raymond Kinstler
Jack Garfein
Nicole Ansari
Louise Hirschfeld
Martha Carpenter
Sabera Shaik
Randall Duk Kim
Parish Kohanim
Carolyn D Palmer
Rob Mermin
Nancy Rhodes



F. Murray Abraham Mary Alice Selma Alispahić Nicole Ansari Lucie Arnaz Elizabeth Ashley Alec Baldwin Ellen Burstyn Phoebe Brand Carol Burnett Len Cariou Carol Channing Tina Chen Brian Cox Ossie Davis Ruby Dee André De Shields Olympia Dukakis Randall Duk Kim Ben Gazzara Kelsey Grammer Lee Grant Joel Grey Spalding Gray Julie Harris Stephen Henderson Kim Hunter Dragan Jovicic Jack Klugman Shirley Knight Stephen Lang Laurence Luckinbill Judith Malina Jan Maxwell Rue McClanahan Patricia Neal Jerry Orbach Angelica Page Christopher Plummer Bill Pullman Phylicia Rashad Tony Randall Luise Rainer Chita Rivera Roy Scheider Marian Seldes Sabera Shaik Sylvia Sidney Kate Valk Ben Vereen Eli Wallach Fritz Weaver


Martha Carpenter Alvin Colt Al Hirschfeld Everett Raymond Kinstler Parish Kohanim Ming Cho Lee Carolyn Palmer Tara Sabharwal Tim Stevenson Paul Tazewell


Lori Belilove Jacques d’Amboise Graciela Daniele Anna Halprin Alonzo King Pearl Lang Pilar Rioja Tommy Tune


Gregg Goldston Barry Lubin Craig Marin Rob Mermin David Shiner


Gretchen Cryer Erwin Drake Marvin Hamlisch Sheldon Harnick Charles Strouse Melvin van Peebles Jeanine Tesori


Eugenio Barba Anne Bogart Joseph Chaikin Tisa Chang Ping Chong Jack Garfein Andre Gregory Sabra Jones Michael Kahn Woodie King, Jr. Robert Lepage Emily Mann Dijana Milosevic Diane Paulus Michael Pressman Harold Prince Nancy Rhodes Lloyd Richards Mark Rydell Andrei Serban Ellen Stewart Tadashi Suzuki Robert Wilson


Patch Adams Robert Brustein Dick Cavett Victor Masayesva Jr. Henry Muttoo Tina Ramirez Charlie Soap Dr. Barbara Ann Teer


Leon Bates Julie Budd Stephanie Chase Karen Drucker Chaka Khan Meredith Monk Vinicio Quezada Steve Ross Jim Seales Travis Wammack Eve Wolf Eugenia Zuckerman


Edward Albee Harold Bloom Ed Bullins Nilo Cruz Christopher Durang Eve Ensler Horton Foote Maria Irene Fornes Larry Gelbart John Guare Tina Howe David Henry Hwang Odile Gakire Katese Arthur Kopit Arthur Laurents Budd Schulberg John Patrick Shanley Peter Stone Apriana Taylor Vijay Tendulkar Elise Thoron Jean-Claude van Itallie Sir Derek Walcott Elie Wiesel William Yellow Robe, Jr.


Governor of Alabama




Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love

“This interview collection is an effective time capsule of some of the best years of the American stage. Ronald Rand’s CREATE! compiles interviews with many of the most important theater artists of the past few decades: actors, composers, directors, writers—and even clowns. A longtime stage and screen actor, and the publisher of “The Soul of the American Actor,” Rand has an impressive Rolodex, and he makes good use of it for this enjoyable volume. The interviews are all short—about a page or two in length—with photos or illustrations of the artists and brief introductions to their work. Rand asked these artists questions specific to their work. So it happens that Kelsey Grammar and Alec Baldwin discuss what keeps them doing live theater, long after they established personas in other media, while Eve Ensler discusses her transition from writing her work to performing it. Elsewhere, Al Hirschfeld argues for the importance of arts education and reminisces about the biggest personalities he caricatured. Rand’s interviews took place as far back as the 1990s, so the work also includes a large number of deceased legends, including writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, monologue master Spalding Gray, actor Ossie Davis, and jack-of-all-trades Marvin Hamlisch. Particularly for such long-departed subjects, it’s nice to see one more interviews about their work. This also helps the book serve as an effective time capsule of some of the best years of the American stage and the artists who made that time possible. With so many interviews packed into one volume, one can’t help but feel like individual attention could be longer, and quite a lot of the anecdotes and answers almost beg for follow-up questions. Still, it’s clear how many years of effort went into CREATE! The oversized layout is beautifully designed, the mix of interviewees is outstanding, and the book is packed with plenty of good stories from major artists, making it a unique and worthwhile collection.”

Black Tie International

Publisher Gerard McKeon  Editor-in-Chief Joyce Brooks
On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - May 20, 2017

“I received an advance copy of a book that will be of enormous interest to people who want to increase their creativity. Create!: How Extraordinary People Live To Create and Create To Live, by Ronald Rand, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2017. It is a book of perceptive interviews by the author with actors, actresses, artists, designers, choreographers, dancers, clowns, mime artists, puppeteers, composers, lyricists, directors, educators, musicians, singers, playwrights, poets and writers. It begins with a two page preface,The Creative State of Mind, by Mel Gordon, a retired professor, who taught theatre history and acting for four decades, and a two page introduction by Ronald Rand, who has taught and performed for over two decades on five continents, from which one learns the theme of this fascinating book. Among those interviewed, I can only mention a few, like Joey Grey, Chita Rivera, Al Hirschfeld, Jacques d’Amboise, Tommy Tune, David Shiner, Charles Strouse, Sheldon Harnick, Julie Budd, Christopher Durang, Tisa Chang, Harold Prince and Dick Cavett. Anyone interested in the arts should purchase this book. It will leave a profound impression on your mind, and may change your life.”

"An enriching book for everyone, CREATE! captures the passion of creativity in the theater, music, dance, in fact, all the arts. 
An invaluable guide to the inner workings of the artist's vision." 

Andre Bishop, Producing Artistic Director, Lincoln Center Theatre

"Ronald Rand’s new book is bound to open eyes and minds…." 
Alyque Padamsee
 Film star/Director-played Jinnah in ”Gandhi"

"CREATE!" is a great asset to the understanding of
the varieties of creative forces which inhabit people."

Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, Cultural Historian

"Ronald Rand's CREATE! brings the majesty and mystery 
of the theatre to life in a series of remarkable interviews 
with remarkable artists. 
A must-read for students and aficionados of the stage.” 
David Bridel 
Dean, School of Dramatic Arts, University of Southern California

“For some 20 years, Ronald Rand's invaluable publication, The Soul of the American Actor, has featured in-depth interviews with a wide range of acting talent, from the inevitable to the unexpected. It is a wonderful treat to have so many of them in CREATE!, to be re-read and savored.”
Wendy Smith 
author, Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre, America, 1931-1940

“A Fabulous Book!” 
Barbara Mackenzie-Wood,
Professor of Drama, Head of Acting/Music Theatre Program, Carnegie-Mellon University

“You’re putting down an important legacy.” 
Ben Vereen

“I praise you for this incredible book you ‘created.’ 
It's a brilliant legacy.” 
Tina Chen

“Ronald Rand’s profound new book CREATE! is an encyclopedia of interviews, illustrations, photos and Ronald Rand's interviews reveal “pearls of wisdom” from famous artists from all fields.” 
Penny Templeton

“Thank you for your beautiful book, 
and all the wonder you have in your soul.” 
Tyler Chase,
Founder of L’Orage Productions

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