Author Event: Invading Nirvana: a Chicagoan in the City of Angels by Kevin Theis
Join us at City Lit Books for a reading with Kevin Theis, author of Invading Nirvana: a Chicagoan in the City of Angels.
Chicago theater veteran Kevin Theis, co-author of the cult classic Confessions of a Transylvanian: a Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror, presents: Invading Nirvana: a Chicagoan in the City of Angels, the story of one actor’s quixotic odyssey into the heart of the entertainment industry: Hollywood, California.
From the early preparations for his trip to La La Land to his search for representation, his encounters with the famous (and soon-to-be famous) as well as his deep-dive exploration of this unique and fascinating city, Invading Nirvana is a must-read for anyone considering moving to L.A. to pursue a dream of breaking into show business.
The author is both candid and unsparing in his description of the industry, the city of Los Angeles and the challenges of being a performer in Hollywood looking for work. Casting agents, pay-to-meet workshops, the comedy club scene, film and TV auditions as well as a peek inside the audiobook world; every aspect of the entertainment industry is thoroughly examined in this hilarious and comprehensive look at life as a professional actor in Hollywood.
Kevin Theis has been a Chicago actor, director, writer and producer for more than twenty-five years. He has performed at Goodman Theatre, Next Theatre, Oak Park Festival, Lifeline, Theater Wit and Seanachai Theatre Company, where he is an ensemble member. He was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson award for Best Actor for his performance in "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" in 2014. As a director, Kevin has worked at City Lit, Lifeline, CT20 Ensemble, Seanachai and the Oak Park Festival, among many others and has been nominated for three Joseph Jefferson awards for his directing work. His previously published works include "Confessions of a Transylvanian: a Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror" (co-written with Ron Fox) published by Berwick Court Publishing as well as adaptations of Thomas Heywood's "Fair Maid of the West" and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Sign of the Four" (the latter in conjunction with Shanghai Low Theatricals), both available through Dramatic Publishing, Inc. He has appeared on the television shows "Chicago Fire," "Betrayal," "Unfocused," "Chicago P.D." and "Empire" as well as the films "Just Visiting," "Knacker" and "Double Dead.”