The Aspiring Performer and Summer Camps/Workshops

The Aspiring Performer and Summer Camps/Workshops

At the beginning of every fall semester I see returning students come into class with renewed energy and enthusiastic stories of a master class or performing arts class they attended over the summer.  And this includes the music theatre boot camp I direct and produce...
LIVE THEATRE – A TEAM SPORT!

LIVE THEATRE – A TEAM SPORT!

This year I noticed a trend with young performers and their parents when setting priorities. Too many commitments and trying to juggle them and keep everyone happy is a losing battle but the insanity of it continues. For theatre families, double booking then trying to...
God, grant me the serenity! And Know Thyself!

God, grant me the serenity! And Know Thyself!

The title above are the first words of the well known Serenity Prayer, the first step in trusting a higher power and starting the search to know oneself intimately.   As performers, most of our job consists of endless auditioning before we get that opportunity to...
Want the Director to Love You?

Want the Director to Love You?

Want the Director to Love You? Since directing young performers for over 25 years and teens/adults as well, someone once asked me who was my favorite?  A trick question for sure but after some thought, I narrowed down the criteria to a few traits. What these triple...
What Actors Can Learn from Dancers!

What Actors Can Learn from Dancers!

What Actors Can Learn from Dancers! As I watch my students develop their emotional involvement in a scene or in a song, I’ve noticed that those who dance are amazingly more expressive in their phrasing, gestures, and honesty.  We all know that body and mind are...