It’s been a busy year for me as I work towards my MFA in Classical Acting at Shakespeare Theatre Academy in DC. In December, I played LaFew in a condensed version of All’s Well That Ends Well directed by Dan Crane. And this semester, my classmates and I, led by Emma Jaster and Marcus Kyd, devised a physical hour long version of Macbeth together. We performed in an empty art gallery at the Corcoran School. Check out the photos from both productions.
All’s Well That Ends Well Dec 2nd & 3rd, 2022 Directed by Dan Crane
Betram – Gil Mitchell Helen – Emma Wirthwein Countess – Robyn Cohen King – Lucy Connell LaFew – Katie Ganem Parolles – Dan Crane Diana/ Lord 2 – Jessica Murillo Kemp Widow/ Lord 1 – Catie Carlile
Macbeth March 10th & 11th, 2023 Directed by Emma Jaster & Marcus Kyd, Devised by the Ensemble
Macbeth – Gabriel Alejandro Lady Macbeth – Mallory Trice Banquo – Sarah Cushman Ross – Colton Chaney Duncan – Katie Ganem Malcolm – Catie Carlile Donalbain/ Gentlewoman – Lucy Connell Doctor – Robyn Cohen Macduff – Geoffrey Boesser Lady Macduff – Yihong Chen Porter – Gil Mitchell Murderer 1 – Rachel Sanderson Murderer 2 – Jessica Murillo Kemp Murderer 3 – Selah Kreiger Fleance – Kira Simmons Seyton/ Fight Choreographer – Emma Wirthwein Lennox – Jackson Knight Pierce Witches – Ensemble
This week, I began my journey towards getting my M.F.A. in Classical Acting. I am super excited to be a part of the class of 2023 at the Academy of Classical Acting in D.C.. Is it going to be an intense year? Yes. Am I already sore from all of the movement classes we had this week? Also, yes. But I am very much looking forward to advancing my training. We will have three different performances over the next year. More details to come!
Open Space Arts presented my new ten minute play, Any Time Travel Company, as part of their 2022 Summer Playwright’s Festival this August. This was their return to in person program, so I was so delighted to be back participating in this festival.
I’m excited to share that my new play, The Resting Soul of Galileo, has been selected to receive a reading at Avant Bard Theatre’s upcoming Scripts in Play Festival. I will be given the opportunity to incorporate audience feedback into the second reading.
Friday, Oct 8, 7:30 pm; Sunday, Oct. 10, 2:00 pm At Gunston Arts Center 2 in Arlington, VA Directed by Aria Velz Pay What You Can Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test and face coverings are required for entry
Today is the day! You can now listen to all 9 tracks of my collaboration with Charlie Barnett on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and elsewhere. Charlie pours a lot of heart and humor into his compositions and they were a blast to sing. I hope you can tell how much fun we had making it. Here is the title track. Album art is by CinCin Fang.
This summer, I got together with my friend and collaborator Charlie Barnett (composer of 19 the Musical) to record some of his songs. It was a really fun thing to do post-quarantine and nice to stretch those creative muscles again. I’m excited to share that the fruits of our labor will be available for download and streaming on August 31st. Check out this preview and be sure to catch the whole album on Spotify, Apple Music, and elsewhere at the end of the summer. Album art by CinCin Fang.
My friend, Alec Weinberg, started this adorable podcast this year. It has been the most wonderful thing to listen to during the pandemic, and I was so happy when he asked me to be a narrator. Written for Kids takes stories, poems, and songs written by children and has them performed by professionals. I got to read a very sweet story about twins by Sara Leah, but I think the real show stealers are the 5-year-old twins that Alec interviews for the story.
Happy New Year! One upside of the pandemic is getting to try out new forms of entertainment and getting to create art with people from all different locations. I am very excited to be a part of my first radio play with my old theatre home, Open Space Arts, working with a cast of voice actors from all over the country.
The performance will be broadcast live on January 29th at 7pm, with a rebroadcast on February 6th at 8pm. Pay what you can tickets can be purchased here.
Nothing’s more Shakespearean than having the plague shut down the theaters, but we now have 21st century solutions. Log on to Siren Song Shakespeare’s Facebook page on May 28th at 6pm EST, or their youtube channel on the 29th, to catch our virtual version of Shakespeare’s classic. Happy that I’m getting to “tread the boards” with some of my former classmates from Nazareth College while we are self-isolating from COVID-19.
After two years of development, I was very proud to be a part of the sold out world premiere of 19 the Musical at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, just in time for the 19th amendment’s centennial.
19 follows the little known story of Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, Ida B. Wells, and the other women who fought to gain women the right to vote: the 19th amendment. Check out more information and donate to the next phase of the process at 19themusical.com.