UPDATE: Summer 2015

A lot has happened since my last post in April. I am about to have my Level 4 grad show at the PIT (Peoples Improv Theater) and have been cast in the Nicu Spoon Theater Company’s fall production of Shakespeare’s Richard III as the Duchess of York. As of today, I got called in by casting director, Michael Hothorn (Miss Congeniality/Minority Report) to audition for a supporting role an upcoming feature film with some pretty heavy hitters in terms of Hollywood talent.

I also had my graduation show for Advanced Musical Improv this week which was interesting given the fact that we made up entire shows centered around fear and infatuation. complete with full musical numbers.  Next Tuesday, July 7th and the following Tuesday, July 14th we have our Level 4, Advanced Longform Improv grad shows. Then, there’s just Level 5 (Performance study) and I will officially be complete with the improvisation program at the PIT.

If you told me a year ago, that I’d be where I am today, I would not have believed you. It has afforded me opportunities to perform with and learn from some really wonderful people. I even performed in an extremely interesting sketch show last week, dramatizing famous emails from sorority girls and brides called Flip the Script. It was also fabulous practice for when I finally get Walk with Me up on its feet (pun intended) due to the fact that both of my sets in that show were solo pieces.

My research for Richard III has started early due to the complexities of Shakespeare’s language, and the fact that the play is based on the real-life event of the Wars of the Roses. Good thing I’ve always been a research fiend, it seems to be serving me well these past few months. I am excited to watch my career expand and am extremely grateful for love and support of great friends and family. Updates to my site include a new resume section, and a new downloadable resume.

Super excited for my career and for the summer. YAY 2015!!!

Stand-In & Deliver: Learning from Some of the Greats

Every once in a while, you have to thank the universe for the gifts it gives you. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to work on a new untitled project by director, Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace.) However, technically, I wasn’t in front of the camera. I was able to be a stand-in for none other than Kathy Bates. I’m not sure how in the world I got the call at 6:00 in the morning,  let alone how I got called in to be her stand-in. Yet, I was excited to be back in an environment I love and learn from every time I work on a film. I will be eternally grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the observations I made during my three day work week. Honestly, it was like one big master class. I got to watch Kathy Bates, Danny Glover, Michael Shannon & Rachel Weisz work, rehearse, and just be. well, normal human beings. More importantly, I got to be a part of something that will no doubt yield wonderful performances from its cast members. I also learned more about the ins and outs of the process in three days, than I have in a long time. I was there to do a job and contribute to what they needed at the time. That pretty much sums it up about the film industry in general, you do your job for the time allotted and move on. I’m glad that i got the opportunity to work with and learn from four of the most talented actors in the business.

#GimmeShelter: @VanessaHudgens Shows Us Her Acting Chops. #VanessaHudgens #Surprises #Gigi #GigionBroadway

Yesterday, I watched a movie called Gimme Shelter on Netflix. I didn’t realize that Vanessa Hudgens was actually in the movie until I started it, and even then, I questioned whether or not it was her. Now, my only references to her work other than the High School Musical franchise, was Sucker Punch. That being said, I didn’t really have any high expectations. I’d heard of the movie briefly before, but didn’t get a chance to catch it when it was in theaters. That being said, Netflix is a wonderful invention. Based on a true story, Hudgens plays Agnes “Apple” Bailey, a pregnant runaway teen. The film co-stars Rosario Dawson as her drug-addled mother, Brendan Fraser as her well-to-do biological father, James Earl Jones as a compassionate priest, and character-actress, Ann Dowd as Kathy, the woman who runs a shelter for homeless, young mothers.

The role of Apple is a far cry from Hudgens’ current project as the title character in Gigi on Broadway. Her portrayal is riveting, raw and honest. She gave the role everything her talents could provide, had the dialect down, and was vanity-free.  She really shines and seems to leave the Disney star behind with this role. In a key scene in the hospital, Hudgens spars with James Earl Jones and holds her own against the industry veteran. That scene itself pretty much sealed the deal for me, giving me a new found respect for an actress who has often been simply labeled a teen star. Although the film could sometimes have the feeling of a Lifetime movie or even reminiscent of Precious, it is well executed and performances elevate it to a level that makes it worth a watch. It’s currently on Netflix and I am glad I stumbled upon a gripping tale with amazing performances.

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