For Peter Brook, dull theatre is deadly theatre—and to me, a dull classroom is a deadly classroom. I approach teaching students the same way I do directing actors: If acting is doing, then so is learning.
I strive to prepare students for their “stage”—that is, any venue in which, as professionals and citizens, they will present themselves and their work for consideration.
As my theatrical interests include exploring and tearing down the liminal space between performers and audiences, so too do I seek to bridge that gap between teacher and students. To do this, I have two major goals: to demystify the process of creating theater; and to instill in my students a desire to be an active, collaborative force in and out of the classroom.
I feel that I do my job best when I spend less time trying to convince students to “add” theatre to their lives, and more time encouraging them to understand how theatre is already playing out around them.
“You cannot create results. You can only create conditions in which something might happen.” – Anne Bogart
“Yes, there were times when I forgot not only who I was but that I was, forgot to be.” – Samuel Beckett
“There are two impulses in theatre: to be frivolous or to make rules.” – Tadashi Suzuki
“Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances.” – Victor Hugo
ISU Theatre’s spring production of Patricia Resnick and Dolly Parton’s musical 9 to 5 was slated to open on April 3, 2020—a female-written, female-centric musical celebration within our year-long HERoic season. In response to the ever-shifting University response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show’s opening night moved first to April 24, and then momentarily to Read more about Imagined Performance: 9 to 5[…]
This year at ISU Theatre, we have committed to a season of work by female playwrights, dubbed the “HERoic Season.” Over the next eight months, ISU Theatre will produce six shows written by women, bring two 2019 Tony Award winners to Iowa State, host a yearlong symposium series, celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage Read more about Feeling HERoic[…]
While it has been a bit since I’ve updated, there is certainly no shortage of things to update you about, so I’ll get to it! First and foremost, I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the faculty at Iowa State University’s Department of Theatre & Dance. In addition to being part of a Read more about Ready…Ames…[…]
At the behest of the Cabe Foundation, SAU Department of Theatre made a historic first by packing up “Madagascar–A Musical Adventure” for a mini-tour to Gurdon, AR, where we had a spectacular, crack-a-lackin’, one-afternoon-only performance for over 1000 students, teachers, parents, and community members. Within 48 hours, we had loaded the show in, dry-teched, patched Read more about SAU Goes On Tour[…]
In October, Tiffany and I had the privilege to present our work at the Who’s Got the Power Conference, hosted by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Iceland–Reykjavík. We were so pleased at the new colleagues we met and the expansive cross-disciplinary conversations we had (turns out philosophers know more about theatre than Read more about International Conferencing, Iceland-Style[…]
Sorry for the lack of updates this past year! It’s been a busy one (with a busier year looming)…but I promise to be more diligent with what’s going on in my world. Here are some of the highlights: I survived my first year as a junior faculty member and Director of Theatre at Southern Arkansas Read more about One Year Later…[…]
Have another big post with lots of exciting info coming soon…but in the meantime… It’s always a pleasure to write about the work of the Austin-based theatre collective, The Rude Mechs…but it’s even better when people want to publish it! Last March, I presented a shorter version of my article, “The Presents of Absence: Inspiring Creation Within Read more about Look, Ma, I’m Published![…]
After getting a generous grant from the Puffin Foundation (love them!), Little Black Dress INK decided to branch out and bring their awesomeness to the online airwaves. As of this evening, ONSTAGE: ON-AIR has officially launched. I got to play technical director and editor for this inaugural podcast (and I even got to lend my vocal talents for an Read more about ONSTAGE: ON-AIR is launched![…]
Just finished up an incredibly fun and super-awesome final for my Acting for Non-Majors class here at Baylor. These brave 14 have been such a positive, supportive, trusting group from day one way back in September – and they made getting up early every Tuesday and Thursday beyond worth it! After lip syncs, animal exercises, monologues, and autodramas Read more about End of the Semester![…]
Getting over the Nora post-show blues by revisiting some of our audience’s responses. Just thought I’d share some of the best! How about that staging?? Go see #Baylor Theatre’s “Nora,” now through Nov. 22. 🐻🎭 #SicEm #MyBaylor @butbackstage A photo posted by Baylor University (@bayloruniversity) on Nov 17, 2015 at 7:25pm PST Nora opens on Read more about Some love for NORA[…]