Trigger warnings specifically regarding content and themes of a piece of theatre, such as warnings of ‘trauma-related scenes’ or ‘scenes of a sexual nature’, have started (in my experience anyway) to get entirely out of hand.Read More
Not everyone has to love Hamilton. You are allowed to dislike the show for a myriad of reasons. You can tell your friends and family how much you didn't like it. Just like any other show, you can do this.
But the moment you print those comments or send them off to a newspaper for publishing, then you're entering my world. And if your goal is to have as many people see your comments, it's in our right to respond to them. I believe in Freedom of Speech, I own a blog. I also believe that Freedom of Speech extends to criticizing how others exercise that right.
Which is why when I see moronic, ill-informed comments published in newspapers, I'm going to say something.
Take for instance this week when the Denver Post published two letters written to them regarding the Hamilton tour stop. I'll let the comments speak for themselves.Read More
So the snow's melted, and it seems that those of us in and around London have a week of rain to look forward to. Perhaps we could all use a little inspiration to pick us up, and where better to find that inspiration than at the Orpheus Centre, an educational charity helping to improve the lives of young, disabled people with a passion for the arts. I've been talking to Sir Richard Stilgoe, founder and trustee, about the Centre's 20th anniversary year.Read More
Earlier this week, an audio recording of L.A. based acting coach Lesly Kahn coaching a non-Hispanic actress on how to pose as a Latina in order to get Latin roles.
The audio is quite something, to say the least.Read More
In recent years, the topic of autistic characters being played by autistic actors – as well as the importance that some people say it has – is something that has gotten more and more attention, as more shows, films and television shows emerge that deal with autism and Asperger’s, and highlight how people on the spectrum deal with it. Indeed, I can’t help but notice that – for some people – it may even be controversial for characters in theatre, film, TV, etc. who are autistic do not always end up getting portrayed by autistic actors.Read More
I am an actor. That being said, I also consider myself to be an introvert. This has caused confusion among people who only know me from endeavours outside of the theatrical world. Telling people about the show I’m in, or that I’d like to pursue a career in theatre often leads to responses like “You know, actors have to talk a lot right?” or “You’re going to have to learn to be more outgoing if you want to do that.” I never really know how to respond to this, or where to start, as these people probably have misunderstandings in two areas. One being what introversion really is and the other being what being a performer really entails.Read More
Three weeks after my tenth birthday, I had an experience that would be the beginning of a change in the way I see myself. I walked into the Dayton Jewish Center multipurpose room, hit a button on a CD player, sang my best “Colors of the Wind”, and went home. There was no way I'd get to hear the word yes.Read More
For the record, I am thrilled to see the diversity in this year's Oscar nominees. We have both black and female directors nominated and four of the acting nominees are black as well.
But as an Asian man, I'm tired of celebrating the small victories of singular nominations. For all the progress that the Oscars has made in a more diverse pool of nominees, Asians are still getting drastically left behind.