Christmas Comes Early

Last week were Fall auditions for the Bellevue Youth Theatre. After 6 months, directing 2 shows & working on 3 other productions I was excited  to be recognizing a lot of the kids coming through.

This season I will be adapting & directing A Christmas Carol which will start off the holiday season performing Thanksgiving weekend. I have finalized my casting [43 actors] and am now working to complete my adaptation.

As one of my favorite stories I am trying very hard to stay true to the original story while creating new parts to be played by showing scenes with characters who are mentioned but rarely seen. We will be performing at the Theatre @ Meydenbauer in downtown Bellevue. It will be my first time directing for a 500 seat house [ok. 410]. I am seriously looking forward to the new experience and all it has to teach me. I can’t wait to share this story, experience, cast, production with you this holiday season. It seems to be coming quicker every year. Does that mean I’m growing up? Do. Not. Tell. Santa!

Teaching Art When Schools Can’t

Schools budgets are being cut everywhere. Unfortunately the first programs we see getting cut from schools are the arts, especially in the elementary & middle schools. It is disappointing but it also provides the opportunity for professional artists around the country to step up and find ways to keep arts education available. The arts education I received as a child made me who I am today. I am committed to providing arts opportunities to children for the rest of my life.

This Fall, besides continuing my work at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, I am very happy & excited to announce I was hired by the Stone Soup Theatre as a Teaching Artist. I will be teaching after school classes for grades K-2 in several Seattle schools starting this September!

I truly believe as artists we must see the serial execution of arts programming in public schools as an opportunity – to create classes, workshops, find grants, coach and teach on our own & through our own companies. As a national theatre community we must rally together to provide these chances for kids. They are our next generation of artists & patrons and we have an obligation as professionals to teach them what amazing experiences await them in the arts.

This Week :: AS YOU LIKE IT

My first adventure into directing Shakespeare AND to top it off – Shakespeare in the Park. It has been a wonderful, enlightening, challenging project/summer/experience. I truly hope to get the chance to share it with you. My actors have worked so hard all summer and deserve to show it off to full parks of people.

We invite you to come discover the Forest of Arden with us…

Your Formal Invitation –> As You Like It

Look forward to seeing you there!

Stage Directors & Choreographers Society Observership

I’m so excited to officially announce that I was accepted into the Stage Director & Choreographer’s Observership program. Which means I am an eligible to apply for 25 opportunities to work with & observe master directors on Broadway, off Broadway and in regional theatres across the country.

If you are a young/emerging director you must look into this program! It has a rolling deadline so you can still apply for this year! The final cut off is September 15, 2011.

Check it out my fellow up & coming directors! Break some legs.

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