A Midsummer Night's Dream Workshop Child'sPlayNY
"Child's Play NY announces a new series of workshops that use Shakespeare plays to illuminate Social Emotional Learning (SEL). This new program marks the first production featuring Child's Play NY's impressive roster of classically trained teaching artists." -BWWNews
Masterclass at The University of Memphis
Last month I went out to The University of Memphis to work with my friend Rachel Black's musical theatre students. She wanted them to hear from someone who had made the shift from college theatre major to working as an actor in New York City. We coached each student in their private lessons and held a mock-audition masterclass where the students got to get up in front of the class and practice their UPTA/SETC material as if it were an audition. The process I think was very helpful for the students and incredibly rewarding for me as someone who has been where they are and went through the same process at NYU about six years ago. Rachel and I met doing summer stock in 2007 at the Mac Haydn Theatre in upstate New York. I had just finished my freshman year at NYU and it was my first job as a professional actor. It's so exciting to see Rachel mentoring these students to look for summer work because I think it was one of the smartest things I did as a student. First off, it's a great way to cut your teeth at auditioning and if you're hired it allows you to continue honing your craft between semesters while building a resume and meeting other artists. And Rachel knows this firsthand. I did summer stock for three years in college and I believe the work I did there allowed me to hit the ground running after college. It was really a great full-circle moment to be at The University of Memphis with Rachel passing on the lessons we learned together at summer-stock and beyond. They are all very lucky to have her as a professor!