It happens with every new school year. So much so, you could bet your life savings on it. Somewhere in America, school administrators and parents will try to censor or shut down a high school theatre production.Read More
A play can change your life in many ways. As an actor, you may meet people in the cast or stage crew that become your new best friends. So, what do you do when it’s over? Here are some tips for how I overcome post-show blues.Read More
We have ALL been there. There are many times that we’ve been on stage and suddenly forgotten our lines, cracked while belting out a song, tripped and fell, forgotten a prop, missed your cue, I could go on and on. I will tell you that ALL of these things have happened to me.Read More
After recently becoming a director of youth musicals, I find myself among eager performers of tomorrow, imparting my own wisdom and experience, hoping to inspire enthusiastic and confident new artists, if you will. Until you meet a student who out-rightly says 'thank you for your help', as I recently did, you don’t quite realize the impact you have on budding minds. It led me to think of all the teachers and directors from my past that have helped me to grow into the performer/director/writer I am today, which believe me, is a long way away from the shy and chubby thirteen-year old that I was.Read More
Theatre is like a second home to me. I walk in, I look around, and it feels like all my problems are lifted off my shoulders and left in a different world. I know I can be myself around the other theatre nerds; I know they won't judge me for who I am. The stage has become a sacred place for me.
From my ten years of hindsight, and not quite ten years of toiling in the difficult world of professional theatre, all the wisdom I am fit to impart on my younger counterparts this week is: Enjoy it.Read More
In January, due to the protests of a group of students at Ithaca High School in Ithaca, NY over the casting of a white actress in the role of Esmerelda in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", the school decided to cancel the production altogether.Read More
There’s a show or a part you really want but somewhere stored in the dark corner of your mind is self-doubt. Sure you’ve locked him in his cage and relegated him to the farthest part of your mind. You threw layers upon layers of confidence on him. It’s just that every now and again he peeks his nasty little head out and you question everything.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