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Presence – preparation for an interview

I’m being interviewed tomorrow and my topic will be presence. More specifically, if it can be learned or taught. These are my thoughts on the matter, put forth in a sort of interview-y preparatory style, still a little raw. Forgive me if I rattle on or sound pedantic. I’m still working it out. What does…

Recommendation: Speaking of Words and Other Undoings, by Tammy Gomez

http://howlround.com/speaking-of-words-and-other-undoings?utm_source=HowlRound.com%27s+Email+Communications&utm_campaign=2c898297f3-DAILY_RSS_EMAIL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9ac5709e38-2c898297f3-45172181 I went to Catholic school. It was at mass that I was first drawn to the setting of the ritual. The way the tall white candles were always lit and extinguished with ceremonial drama by the young acolytes, or altar boys, in red and white robes. The clinking bells that accentuated the pivotal moments…

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Improvisation  – A Director’s Best Friend

I direct a lot of new plays, many of them by fledgling writers, and often various aspects of character development have remained in the head of the writer, and are not yet on the page. Or sometimes the character is on the page, but not yet sufficiently specific. When this happens, I use improvisation to answer questions like the…

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The Pioneer Award from AFO Theater – my thank you speech

I received the Pioneer Award from All For One Theater http://allforonetheater.org/ this week, and here’s the acceptance speech I gave. I have loved being a part of the NYC solo show community since 1996, when I wrote my first solo show. That year I kissed my 13-year standup career goodbye, and started acting. I knew I…