Brett Cullen and Sally Mayes: Breaking the Fourth Wall with the Pros

“If I can’t understand you I don’t care what you’re saying,” said Sally Mayes, their teacher for this master class. That’s Sally Mayes, UH School of Theater and Dance alumna, Tony-nominated actress and New York cabaret chanteuse.

On alternating days in the same classroom another alumnus, bonafide film and television star Brett Cullen, is at the head of the class imploring students not to “act” but rather “tell me a story through your monologue.”

Cullen and Mayes have returned to the University of Houston from disparate artistic epicenters – he from Los Angeles, she from New York - to not only stage “Contradiction of a Southern Soul,” a one-woman show written by and starring Mayes and directed by Cullen, but also to hold master classes. Fitting for two masters of their craft to conduct such classes.