As founder and director of The Actors Center in New York City, J. Michael Miller has dedicated his life to the development and training of the professional actor. He’ll bring his passion to Flagler College on Nov. 1 as part of the college’s “Ideas and Images” series.

Miller says the theme of the evening will be the actor as artist as opposed to entertainer.

“The overarching question is the role of art in this society, and the responsibility of the artist to it,” said Miller, who is also the co-founder of Tisch School of the Arts and the New York University Graduate Acting Master of Fine Arts program. “The central concern is is the human need for celebrity worship larger than the need for each of us to continue to seek to understand our own human frailties, needs and possibilities?”

Miller founded The Actors Center in 1996 on the concept that established actors need to continue to develop their craft in relation to their growth as human beings. At the Center, established actors work with each other, challenging themselves to achieve a higher level of artistry under the guidance of teachers from around the world.

But Miller promises there will be no lecturing when he speaks at the school on Nov. 1.

“I am not there to lecture anyone, but hopefully to raise issues that register in their own minds,” said Miller.

Miller’s presentation will take place on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St.

“Ideas and Images: Visiting Scholars and Artists Program” will feature an international composition of artists and authors, introducing a fresh and creative component to the greater St. Augustine community.

Each event is free and open to the public. Call (904) 819-6282 or visit for more information.

Source: Flagler College