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What is a Latina lighting designer/stage manager?

In my research for Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, I came across a speech given by playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes to open a festival in her hometown of Philadelphia celebrating Latinx playwrights. I was particularly struck by the following, So what exactly is a Latino playwright? Can you spot her in a crowded room? Is she […]

Learning how to say “no”

No: a one-syllable word indicating a response in the negative. One elusive, surprisingly difficult to say syllable. Sometime in mid-March, I was musing over my schedule for the remainder of the semester and noted that my final production assignment – ASM on Le nozze di Figaro – ended in late April, leaving me 3-weeks at the end […]

A brief start to a conversation on sexism in the artistic and technical side of theatre

A few weeks ago on Equal Pay Day the New Jersey Theatre Alliance released a graphic of women in theatre compiled from a Broadway League study published in 2016. The graphic and study only looked a a few of the many positions on the artistic and technical side of theatre and yet it is still […]

Timeless Lessons in Comedy

“Self-reflection” is the intention that our director, David Paul, gave our cast for the Act IV finale of our production of Le nozze di Figaro. After our final room run on Sunday, he told us that one of the challenges of this production is striking the balance between the outrageous humor and more serious aspects of […]

overwhelmed.

I’ve been struggling with what to write this week because I’ve been feeling particularly unmotivated and overwhelmed. I’ve interacted plenty with art – I sat in on a tech session at the Huntington, I saw Topdog/Underdog, we finished staging the opera and I’m in love with our staging of the Act IV finale, I’ve read some […]

The Logic of Props

This quarter, I’m one of the assistant stage manager’s on the Opera Institute’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, or in English, The Marriage of Figaro. Even if you don’t know opera, you’ve heard of Figaro. Please note, that one song that goes “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro” is not from The Marriage of Figaro, it’s actually from Rossini’s The […]

Faith and Giving

“What is faith? What is forgiveness?” These were the questions I was met up walking up to the Roberts Theatre to see SpeakEasy’s production of Grand Concourse. Below the text was a stack of post it notes and a cup of pens inviting the audience to share their thoughts. I took a pen and immediately realized I had […]