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The Importance of a Challenge

For this last post, I want to talk about my final dramaturgical project and my experience of working on a text that was especially outside my realm of comfort. When choosing a play at the beginning of the semester, I knew I wanted something that would really test my dramaturgical skills. I didn’t want to focus on […]

*With Valid Student ID

So, I’ve inevitably been thinking a lot about graduation over the past few weeks. I’ve experienced the gamut of classic post-grad feelings: fear, anxiety, readiness, suspense, excitement, bewilderment. But an aspect of post-grad life that had not occurred to me until recently suddenly took me by surprise: graduating = no more student ID Trust me, it’s not that I’m sad to […]

“No Brits. No Chekhov translations. No classics.”

“No Brits. No Chekhov translations. No classics,” that was the line spoken by Carole Rothman as she unveiled next years season for Second Stage. As the Artistic Director of Second Stage, Ms. Rothman is now also in charge of programming a nonprofit, Broadway house, as the company just acquired the Helen Mills Theatre. Although the Mills is […]

The Who and The What

Last week I saw the Huntington’s production of The Who and The What by Ayad Akhtar. When I got to the Calderwood, I was (unsurprisingly) one of the youngest people there. It was a typical Huntington audience- very white and very old. This didn’t phase or bother me too much until later on in the evening. […]

Opening Doors

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “success.” What does it mean? Does it even exist….. Who defines it? What happens if you achieve it? Then I stumbled across the documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened on Netflix and some of these questions were answered. The film, directed by Lonny Price, is […]

Help Me Help You Help Me

I recently came across a HowlRound article that I can’t seem to get out of my head. It’s titled What are We Watching? What are We Teaching? Preparing Acting Students for the New Golden Age, and was written by actor-director-teacher Welker White. Here is one of my favorite passages: Right now, students at hundreds of MFA […]

Now What?

This past weekend I completed my Senior Acting Thesis. That is a sentence I cannot believe I just typed. The past four years have felt as though they have culminated in this moment; a chance for me to share with friends, family members and teachers the experiences I have gained since starting my training freshman year. Although I started […]