Andy Robinson, best-known to Trek fans for his role of Garak in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has written a memoir, Stepping Into the Light: Sources of an Actor’s Craft.
The actor explains in the book how his upbringing led him to acting and the effect of his life experience on his acting work.
“Work and our lives are inseparable,” said Robinson. “There’s an incredibly powerful symbiotic relationship.”
Robinson had a bleak childhood. “I wanted something other than the reality of a dead father, an alcoholic mother and this dangerous, dreary place called Hartford,” he said. Robinson discovered the movies, a “safe place where I could sit in the darkness and enjoy the crimes committed and the punishment justly administered.”
In school, Robinson got involved in a drama program and the actor “discovered there’s a real craft where I could learn to actively engage the imagination. It’s what I had been fumbling toward all my life,” he said.
Stepping Into the Light: Sources of an Actor’s Craft, published by Figueroa Press, is available here.
Robinson still teaches and directs, and he will direct Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera next spring at the USC School of Dramatic Arts.