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DC Again

Tomorrow I’m hopping on a bus to DC because I have an interview for a possible directing gig this summer.

Nervous?….Yeah.

Excited?…..Yeah.

Feeling like big kid?….Totes.

I expect lots of instagram pics of DC and Long walks thinkin’ about my life in my future. All good vibes are appreciated. 

#Wishmeluck #Idigthehashtagnow…. #isthatweird? #Rockin’itanyway

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Tomorrow I’m going into Tech/Dress/Opening for this project I’ve been working on. The show is a collection of monologues and there are about 10 different directors each doing their own piece. I’ve been working with the phenomenal actor, Adam Fontana who was a member of the Hangar’s Lab Company this past summer. It’s been a real joy and very proud of the work. Here’s the Facebook Event Info. If you’re in the NYC area, we’d love to have you.

Tomorrow I’m going into Tech/Dress/Opening for this project I’ve been working on. The show is a collection of monologues and there are about 10 different directors each doing their own piece. I’ve been working with the phenomenal actor, Adam Fontana who was a member of the Hangar’s Lab Company this past summer. It’s been a real joy and very proud of the work. Here’s the Facebook Event Info. If you’re in the NYC area, we’d love to have you.

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Summer 2012 Wrap Up

So my summer at the hangar has come and gone. Here are my attempts to wrap my head around what this summer has brought me.

Seussical was such a wonderful experience. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed working with kids. 50 kids is no small undertaking and It went well (best in the past few years from what I was told) but I have to say so much of the credit goes to my team in the room - My stage manager, assistant stage manager, two camp counselors, and my. wonderfully talented co-director/choreographer. The one thing I always say I felt was supported. Everyone on the team was working toward the same goal and constantly kept the kids focused and moving forward. This was another experience that affirmed I love having collaborators in the room. My fellow director and were 9 times out of 10 on the same page. And we complimented each others weaknesses and strengths. A moment that comes to mind…I was working with Mayzie and the bird girls, trying to give them some specific things and I was just struggling with it. I could have figured it out but it would have taken me 20 minutes. I turned to my collaborator and he just hopped right in - did it in a few minutes.

The other fantastic experience was my design team. I had 4 truly skilled and talented designers, taking everything I asked and making it better. And it was a learning curve for me. I’ve often been in a situation where I don’t have a design team at all and learning the language to communicate with them was a skill I had to learn. But again my collaborator was a huge asset to me. He spoke much better in set and costumes and I in lights and sound.

Then of course there is the kids….what can I say aside from the fact that they blew me away. The mentality of (most) these kids is what a director dreams for. They’re exited, eager to try new things, and OPEN.

I had two situation that brought such satisfaction. We had one child who started the process very much an outcast; always sitting by himself, not interacting with the other kids. On top of that, I was told on day 1 he was going to be a problem. I was told he has anger issues and he would flip out once a week. Well the week came and went….nothing. By the end of the process he had made friends and he even have all of the team a hug, “just because.” Another kid we cast in a big role, not knowing this was their first experience with theatre. Toward the end of the run, I overheard the kid talking, “I’m hooked this is all I want to do for the rest of my life.”

While I was in tech for Seusssical, The Trip to Bountiful (the show I was assisting) on started rehearsal. Jumping into that experience was a big shift. Going from a big 50 person musical to an intimate 7 person play required to rewiring in my brain. But being in a room with Stephanie again was just a blast. She’s such a wonderful director and now having known her for a year, the communication was so open and I really felt essential to her process.

The summer had it’s ups and downs. It wasn’t always easy and I think more than anything I am came out better. The past year felt a bit hazy and while I think I was getting better, Ithaca really brought me back to full clarity. So farewell to you Ithaca, and I’ll hopefully see you soon.

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Was told my a mom today that one of my boys went home and staged the whole play with his stuffed animals and got his little sisters to watch. Her words were “You’re really getting through to him.” A wonderfully inspiring way to start my day.

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