It'd be nice if everyone involved in any given theatrical production, particularly at the community level, were on the same page. Easier said than done, actually, for while the director might have a vision of what he or she hopes to accomplish, it's not usually clear at the outset whether that vision is shared by everybody else.Read More
While it's only been a couple of years, find myself already waxing nostalgically about my freshman year as a theatre major. That year was a great growing experience but also incredibly difficult, so this one is for all you baby theatre students wandering wide-eyed into the world of university theatre.Read More
I love Center Stage. There I said it. And I'm not ashamed to admit it either.
It is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. If I pass it on TV, I can't stop watching it until I see everyone clapping around Jody to the piano version of "We're Dancing."Read More
Many of you may have been accepted by various colleges all over the country. So let me first say, congratulations!
But unless you have the means to not worry about such things, with every college acceptance comes the same question, how do I pay for this?Read More
Every time I audition for a show and deal with the pre-audition nerves, the waiting-to-hear-if-I-got-a-callback nerves, the waiting-for-the-cast-list nerves I (and others) ask “why?” Why put yourself through that agony. Why spend weeks rehearsing taking time away from family and friends, potentially missing out on other activities? Why? Here’s why.Read More
What if you don’t know the life you were born to live? What do you do when you feel you simply don’t know anything anymore?
It’s easier to face life when you have a script, when it very clearly says how you should think and react and what you should say. When someone else tells you how you should move and even how you should look and dress.Read More
While attending the Vancouver Web Fest this March, I discovered a brilliant web series called “Empty Space.” This comedic look at the inside world of theatre features a full-out fight between the actors and the technical crew, each blaming the other group for the play’s issues.
As a theatre artist, this moment was both hilariously extreme and bitingly realistic. Why does it so often seem like those in all black and those donning costumes stand at opposing sides of the stage?Read More
Sometimes, when I’m looking for inspiration as I write, I turn to musical theater. It makes sense that such a creative medium would be chock full of songs that capture the creative process so well. Here are some of my favorites—while a few are specific to writing, I think anyone who has ever been stuck in a creative rut can find some inspiration within them.Read More
As a slightly more evolved adult, my perspective on rejection has shifted. I have much bigger priorities and levels of importance in my life than one single part. I have also dealt with new types of rejection (at work, in relationships, with a child, etc) more often than I did in the 'old days.'Read More
It’s hard to believe it has been years since I left you. A little part of me still remembers the last curtain call for the last show I ever did with you.
What’s even harder for me to believe is how far I’ve come, and how much I’ve done since then. I’ve graduated from college, where I got a degree in the same subject that you first got me into. I’ve slowly transitioned from acting to playwriting. Now, I’m living in New York City, in the hopes of following some of the very same dreams that you first made me think were possible.Read More