INSULA, Music

“Alone” Scene from INSULA
photo: Mike Peters

INSULA – Kennedy Center Region II American College Theatre Festival
As I mentioned in a previous post, I got my feet wet in the realm of directing as assistant director to Kari Margolis as we took on creating an original devised piece with BFA Acting students at Montclair State University.  Inspired by the physical theatre space given to us at Montclair, INSULA developed organically into an awe-inspiring work of physical poetry as we explored the concept of islands, both metaphorical and literal.  We pulled from personal feelings of isolation, literary islands such as Avalon, Never Never Land, and sites from The Odyssey to create a living, breathing dreamscape of morphing stories and images.

Well, it is with great pride that I can announce that the show has been selected to perform at the Kennedy Center Region II American College Theatre Festival, held this year at Towson University.

Of course, I started this draft weeks ago and now that I am getting back to it, we leave for Towson TODAY!  From what I understand, we open the festival tomorrow morning with a performance at 9am and perform again later at 3pm.  We hope to seriously blow the minds of our audiences!

Music
I had a busy December with more gigs at Bakers Taproom II.  I cannot say enough great things about the place.  The food is spectacular, the clientele is friendly, and they have a seasonal rotation of great beer on tap.  They were decked out for the holiday season, and I had a great time honing my chops with sets of originals, cover, and I sprinkled in some holiday tunes to celebrate the festivities.  I snapped some video of a gig, but there is so much crowd audio with spiky levels I’m not sure how much of it is usable.  Still, if I can clean something up, I’ll post it.

I have a lot of projects on the table for 2013, and am so excited!  Working on a lot of new music and I’ll be posting clips of songs in progress as they get ironed out.

Overdue Update: PULLING STRINGS, Teaching, and more

Holy overdue update, Batman!  So much to recap.

A scene from MB ADAPTOR’S newest production, PULLING STRINGS (photo by Jim Moore)

PULLING STRINGS
Two years of hard work is finally culminating as we polish the imaginative powerhouse of a production we call PULLING STRINGS.  As a creative endeavor, it has been incredibly artistically fulfilling.  I have been challenged and inspired in all of the ways I could hope for as a working artist.  Every moment of this show is packed with imagery, metaphor, emotion, and subtext.  We perform final work-in-progress showing as part of NACL’s Deep Space series in September, and then make our debut in Middletown, New York in October (more details to follow).  If you are in the area, come and experience the wonder of a show like nothing you have ever seen before.  I feel so lucky to be part of such a spectacular ensemble of artists (Jalyn Knobloch, Gregory G. Schott, Tania Liberata, Jonathan Beller, and Helen Buron.)  Of course I owe so much to my director and mentor, Kari Margolis and her brilliant partner, Tony Brown.

Workshops
I have had the great pleasure to assist Master Teacher Kari Margolis at a number of high profile Master Classes.  As I mentioned in my last post, in April, I was there to assist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC, where we worked with a group of finalists from across the country.  This was my second year bringing the Margolis Method to the artists at the KCACTF.  I also sat in on a panel to discuss devised work as the Festival continues to develop an arena for this type of work at the regional festivals.  Very enlightening and very inspiring.

In June, I accompanied Kari to NYC, where we taught at the Actor’s Movement Studio’s 2012 Summer Intensive.  Janice Orlandi, who runs the studio, is such an exuberant, supportive force.  It was a great weekend for me as a teacher, given the reins to lead the group at times throughout the workshop.

Margolis Method 2012 Professor Certification
We had our second annual Professor Certification course at the beginning of the summer, and boy was it an inspiration.  Professors from colleges and universities across the country–and two from Canada–assembled to learn exercises, concepts, and creative structures to incorporate into their classes.  There is nothing like being in the presence of professional theater educators discussing craft.  I sense the flow of theater shifting, and I truly believe it is the coming age of actor-centered theatre.  It all starts with the educators.  If we spread the word and help to create empowered artists, the whole paradigm of theatre will and must change.

Music
Been picking up my guitar lately.  Here’s a snippet of a song I was working on (which is now finished).  I’ll record the full song soon and post it.  Enjoy!

 

 

So many updates!

Where to begin? Well the most recent exciting news is that I just assisted Master Teacher Kari Margolis teach a workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.  As always it was great to be a part of the national festival, and the actors we worked with were all spectacular.

My focus this winter and spring have been working on two major projects.  First, I’ve been continuing to collaborate as a Company Member with the MB ADAPTORS on our newest production, Dreamscape I: Pulling Strings.  It’s rich with metaphor, imagery, questions, and unique, evolving characters.  Right now we’re aiming to perform in the fall.  More details to come.

The second big project has been to help develop the Margolis Method Professor Certification Level II, which equips university and college professors with a deeper understanding of Margolis Method principles and more exercises to incorporate into their existing syllabuses.   We have professors coming to attend both the Level I and Level II workshops this summer, and as faculty at the Center, I cannot wait to work with this diverse group of professionals!

More updates to come with more information!