KEITH ROENKE

 

ABOUT THE ACTOR

Keith Roenke grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and studied Film and Theatre at Keene State College. After completion of University he set off for Los Angeles. Upon his arrival he quickly joined the band "The Drugstore Cowgirls" as their drummer. Over the next five years "The Cowgirls" toured the west coast and south, releasing one full length album and two EP's. After a number of almosts to crack the big market "The Cowgirls" disbanded. Keith took this opportunity to throw himself back into the art of acting. He quickly enrolled under the tutorship of Nicholai Guzov. And was trained in the Michael Chekov technique. This work put a whole new light on the art of acting for Keith. He later booked his first feature film "Lapse" and in a short time since has worked in a handful of notable short films and a half dozen feature films including Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" He most recently played the lead role in the Jorge Ameer film "D'Agostino", which shot in Santa Barbara, London UK, and Santorini Greece. Keith, while making acting his main focus, has continued to make music. He is currently the lead singer for the group "The Naked" who are releasing their first full length this year. Five tracks from his album are also in the motion picture soundtrack of "D'Agostino". Keith is also currently in preproduction on the play "Extropia" which will be premiering at King King in Hollywood early 2010.

ON THE ROLE & THE STORY

You rarely find a script that has a unique story these days. In a time when major studios are just recycling old material, or creating yet another sequel or prequel it is certainly tough to find an original idea. When I first got a hold of the script for D'Agostino my first thought was "yikes". This could either be pure brilliance, or a serious work of voyeuristic exploitation. What stood out to me as tilting the scale towards greatness was the depth of character involved in the story. When I first read the script I pictured myself for the title role of D'Agostino. A genetically made human clone who finds himself shipwrecked and washed upon the shore. He has no knowledge of human behavior or tendencies. He also does not speak a word until the later part of the script. I saw so much potential in this role. So much to explore in what it meant for D'agostino to come in to human contact. I was intrigued to see what it was like to feel the process of essentially becoming human himself. My full intent was to read for the role of D'Agostino when Jorge reached out to me, saying he would like to read me for both roles. D'Agostino, and the lead role of Allen Dawson. I immediately returned to the script and started to evaluate the Allan Dawson character. My first reaction was "this man is nothing like me". I'm not right for this at all. Jorge Ameer disagreed. After meeting a couple of times he offered me the role. It was then I saw the full potential of playing such an in depth character. Someone so removed from myself who I could explore and essentially put the finishing touches on what Jorge had created. I went deep into this character. With Jorge's help we discovered his upbringing. Where he came from. His life prior to what we could read on paper. Just

what it was that made him tick. Basically, what made Allan Dawson someone who at face value is the archetype of a successful man. Great job. Loving spouse, good home. But inside, has a dark energy. A human who was lost inside himself. Who was capable of great harm. It was both scary and extremely exciting to explore this. And to understand the changes that Allen went through from the beginning to the end of the story. I spent more time visualizing and researching this role than any before and what an experience it was. - Keith Roenke