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Acting Background

Fred Ponzlov has been acting and directing stage work since the 70s. He was a director at the Bellflower Theater Company of Bellflower CA where he directed many plays, and is currently founder and artistic director of the Long Beach Repertory Theatre in Long Beach CA. He was trained by Sanford Meisner of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, and as a former casting director for HBO, he teaches and coaches acting classes in Long Beach, specializing in the Meisner Technique.

Critical recognition

Of his work as one of the news anchors in the 2008 play Tragedy: A Tragedy, Hoyt Hilsman of Back Stage wrote “The actors do solid work here, notably Ponzlov as the anchor and McCray as a field reporter.”and LA Weekly theater critics wrote “Gifted with gravitas and eloquence, the four graveyard-shift journalists in Pulitzer finalist Will Eno’s sharp satire on round-the-clock spin are honing panic that the sun has set and may never rise again.” Of his performance in Much Ado at the 1978 Colorado Shakespeare Festival, where director Edgar Reynolds reset the original Shakesphere play Much Ado about Nothing into the American Southwest, William Babula of Shakespeare Quarterly wrote the character of “Dogberry was played as the ‘gringo’, a somewhat anachronistic Texan with badge, six-guns, cowboy hat, spurs, and drawl. The role was handled admirably by Frederick Ponzlov, and it was amusing to observe the working-class Mexicans of the ‘Watch’ trying to make sense of the ‘gringo’ before deciding he was a fool.”

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