It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard...is what makes it great. - Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own
It has been a long and slow year, though I know I am preaching to the choir so to speak. The theatre industry is fighting for a "comeback", but until our audiences feel safe, as well as our actors and crew, we continue to wait and do our best with smaller audiences, postponements and other concessions
Luckily, I am currently blessed to be asked back to the Chicago Academy for the Arts as the Fight Director for the Brush Up Your Shakespeare productions of JULIUS CEASAR and MACBETH. Having choreographed a production of MACBETH (among others) during previous Brush Up Your Shakespeare units within the theatre department's curriculum, I have happily figured out a unique approach that is directly in line with the direction of this production: All of the freshman within the theatre department are playing all of the roles, switching within the ensemble throughout the run of the show. If you would like to learn more let me know or, better yet, check out a performance!
There is also an exciting position I have just accepted the offer for, but until I am able to make it public, stay safe, healthy and support the arts.
"Be the change you want to see in the world," - a paraphrase of Ghandi, 1913
Reading more plays, watching archival theatre performances and consulting...fee free to reach out if you have a script you are looking to have reviewed or theatrical administrative work you have questions on as I am happy to help. We all need each other in times like this.
Photo Credit: Idle Muse Theatre Company's production of GIRL FOUND, photo by Steve Townshend; Scenic Design by Sarah Lewis, Lighting by Laura J. Wiley