I will be serving as a tech stage manager for National Players Tour 70’s production of Around the World in 80 Days, directed by Jared Mezzocchi, before embarking on tour October 1, 2018. Hired specifically to facilitate the tech process of the production, I will be organizing communication between designers and developing the calling script to pass off to the road stage manager. This is the first year National Players is implementing the tech stage manager position, which allows the road stage manager (also a cast member) to focus on their acting responsibilities during tech week. To purchase tickets for their residency at Olney Theatre Center post-tour in May 2019, click here.
I am thrilled to join the education department at Baltimore Center Stage as a teaching artist this fall 2018. Through the Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) residency program, I will lead classes of 25 students each through the playwriting process over the course of 8 weeks, producing short plays to be submitted to the annual YPF competition. My first two residencies will be with 7th graders at Holabird Middle School in Dundalk, MD, and the Drama Club at Deep Creek Middle School in Essex, MD. In addition to these residencies, I will also be leading pre-show and post-show workshops for our student matinees focused on production-specific dramaturgy, as well as voice and improvisation workshops at our Single Day Camps. To learn more about booking YPF at your school, click here.
This fall 2018 I will be joining the staff at Imagination Stage as a teaching artist. The first class I will be teaching there will be FUNdamentals of Acting, a 10-week class for 4th & 5th graders on Sundays from 11:30am-1pm, September 23 through December 2. To sign up for my class, register here.
In FUNdamentals of Acting, students focus on creating sustainable and believable characters and truthful actions for the stage. Students participate in a variety of fun exercises that work on physical control, human behavior observations, and realistic actions and reactions. Through games and activities, students build a strong and caring ensemble and create an environment of trust where they can effectively explore, make big choices, and take risks! Students rehearse and perform short scenes, utilizing the skills they have been learning throughout the semester and perform them in an informal sharing for families on the final day of class.
I am thrilled to have accepted the role of Chef in Longacre Lea's next production, the world premiere of The Interstellar Ghost Hour written and directed by Kathleen Akerley. This will mark my first (stationary) production in the DC/Maryland area, and I couldn't be more excited for it to be this piece. The Helen Hayes-recommended Longacre Lea has been producing professional, absurdist theatre in DC since 1999 while in annual summer residence at the Catholic University of America. The show will run August 16 through September 9, 2018, in CUA's Callan Theatre. Get tickets here. Learn more about Longacre Lea here.
I will be playing the Conductor, the First Smith Brother, and puppeteering for a staged reading of Bronx Express by Ossip Dymov, translated by Nahma Sandrow. The reading, taking place at Theater J as the final presentation in their Yiddish Theater Lab series this season, will be directed by Natsu Onoda Power in her signature puppeteering/multimedia crossover style. A discussion with the translator and visiting Yiddish scholar Miriam Isaacs will follow the reading. The event will be on June 18, 2018, at 7:30pm on the Theater J stage at 1529 16th St. NW, in Washington, DC. Find more event information here. To further explore Theater J, click here. (Theater J is currently presenting Trayf by Lindsay Joelle, a piece which I had the pleasure of working on developmentally in March 2017 back in New York!)
Bronx Express tells the story of one working class Yid who dreams of something more. When he falls asleep on a New York subway, he's shocked to meet the characters from the train car's advertisements coming to life. With cameos from Aunt Jemima, the Nestle Baby, and the Arrow Collar Man, this story explores the true costs of the American dream.