Summer Intensives 2019 @ iStage, BCS, ETC

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching theatre-based classes all around the DC/Maryland/Virginia metropolitan area throughout summer 2019. If you have taken a class with me before, I welcome you to join in exploring a new topic this summer. Not sure what the right fit for you may be? Feel free to send me an email and we can chat about the best route for you.

  • Musical Theatre (6th-8th). June 11 - 15, 9am-12pm. Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD).

  • Physical Comedy (6th-8th). June 17 - 21, 9am-12pm. Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD).

  • Voice for Actors (8th-11th). Teen Intensive - Camp Center Stage. July 15 - 26, 9:30am-11:30am. Baltimore Center Stage (Baltimore, MD).

  • Acting: Building the Character (3rd-5th). July 29 - August 2, 9am-12pm. Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD).

  • Acting Out: Comedy vs. Drama (3rd-6th). August 5 - 9, 9am-3pm. Williamsburg Middle School. Educational Theatre Company (Arlington, VA).

  • Page to Stage (3rd-12th). August 12 - 23, 9am-3pm. Fairlington Community Center. Educational Theatre Company (Arlington, VA).

  • Acting Out: Stories! (3rd-6th). August 26 - 30, 9am-3pm. Fairlington Community Center. Educational Theatre Company (Arlington, VA).

To register for an Imagination Stage intensive, click here. To register for a Baltimore Center Stage intensive, click here. To register for an Educational Theatre Company intensive, click here. As always, if you are interested in private lessons, especially college audition coachings, please reach out via the contact form linked here or at the tab above.

Decoding Shakespeare, January 2018, The Asheville School (Asheville, NC)

Decoding Shakespeare, January 2018, The Asheville School (Asheville, NC)

American Spies & Other Homegrown Fables w/ the hub theatre

I am thrilled to be making my Virginia debut with the hub theatre in the track of Tamihei/Neighbor/Buzzard in the world premiere of Sam Hamashima’s new play American Spies & Other Homegrown Fables, under the leadership of Helen Hayes award-winning director Kathryn Chase Bryer. American Spies… will take place at nearby venue NextStop Theatre in Herndon, VA, running from July 11 through August 4. Purchase tickets here. Learn more about the hub here.

News travels across the Pacific on December 7, 1941, resulting in foolhardy claims of Japanese sympathizers. As calls for war permeate the nation, the Ishii family undertakes radical assimilation to calm the local police and fearful neighbors. Mixing family testimony and anime charm, the Japanese Americans’ response to national disaster develops into a sparkling fable on what it means to be family.

The Watchlist Festival w/ Longacre Lea @ CUA's Callan Theatre

Longacre Lea presents The Watchlist Festival, a two-week celebration of collaboration and community in theater, film, and visual arts. I’ve spent the month of June with a phenomenal ensemble of actors in residence with Longacre Lea at Catholic University of America’s Callan Theatre, workshopping two plays and shooting two short films. Each of these pieces, and more, will be showcased throughout this festival. To reserve tickets or to learn more about Longacre Lea, click here.

Richard(s) II. June 24th at 7:30pm & July 1st at 7:30pm. Directed by Kathleen Akerley. Our response to “EDI” trends in casting. Using Shakespeare’s Richard II we engage in a frank examination of how lines, scenes, characters, and character relationships are altered when the casting is altered, working as a group to create a responsible model for representation. The audience can choose to witness the work or actively participate in the discussion and casting choices.

Punching People You Never Met. June 30th at 2:00pm & July 2nd at 7:30pm. Written by Kathleen Akerley and directed by Solomon HaileSelassie. A workshop of a new comedy about call-out culture and the standards to which we hold everyone except ourselves. Sean is trying to create the next generation of superhero shows but has to contend with a bickering writing staff, a lead actor who hallucinates that Twitter is stalking him, a brother who claims to be the leader of the Lizard People, and the sheer number of Americans it’s possible to offend in one 42-minute episode of television.

Short Films Screening. July 6th at 7:30pm. A one-night-only screening of several short films including The Infection, a study of how toxic political discourse has seeped into everyday conversation, written and directed by Séamus Miller; and The Doors of Impression, a whimsical look into how we cross paths with strangers, written and directed by Kathleen Akerley.

Cohort 4 w/ Inkubator On Air Podcast

Inkubator On Air, the podcast series from Inkubator New Works Development Laboratory, has invited me to partake as an actor in their fourth cohort. This marks my second collaboration with Inkubator following last fall’s reading of Bridget Grace Sheaff’s Pilate’s Wife. Designed to develop the “top ten” of new plays, director TP Huth consults with playwrights from each cohort to fully dissect the first ten minutes of their plays, ensuring the best “hook” possible. After these discussions, each is recorded with a cast of professional actors and, along with a brief interview and some feedback, published for the general public, for the playwrights to share as they see fit. To learn more about Inkubator, click on the image below. To tune into published episodes, click here. Plays from Cohort Four include:

  • Our Ouija Board, the Games We Played, the Shit We Conjured, & the Dead Dude We Hate-Fucked by Haygen-Brice Walker: reading stage directions

  • Fear and Wonder by Jason Tseng: reading for Jabez’s Dad

  • Souls Spent by Olivia Haller: reading for Jim

  • Remix by Melissa Bell: reading for Jay

  • Making Time: The Travels of E.H. Legberg by Lily Kerrigan and Matthew Marcus

  • Amma’s Messenger by Alexis M. Skinner

The White Snake @ Constellation Theatre Company

Excited to announce that this spring, I will be joining the ensemble of The White Snake by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Allison Arkell Stockman at Constellation Theatre Company. In addition to the ensemble track, which includes a myriad of characters as our journey forks, I will be understudying Xu Xian and serving as movement captain. With original live music by Tom Teasley & Chao Tian and choreography by Jennifer Hopkins, The White Snake will play the Source Theatre on 14th Street in DC from April 25 through May 26. Purchase tickets here.

Forsaking their lonely mountaintop for just one day, enlightened animal spirits White Snake and Green Snake magically transform into beautiful women in order to experience the human world. There, White Snake meets and falls passionately in love with the humble pharmacist’s assistant Xu Xian, but the secret of her true identity soon comes back to haunt her. Brimming with poetry, humor, and theatrical spectacle, this classic tale will delight and enchant audiences as only Constellation can.

Tigers, Dragons, & Other Wise Tails @ Smithsonian's Discovery Theater

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! I will be joining the four-actor ensemble of Tigers, Dragons, & Other Wise Tails at the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, in the track of Thief/Rich Man/Wise Mole/Jade Emperor. Four fantastical tales from ancient Asia — China, Vietnam, Korea, & Japan — capture us in this DT favorite. This TYA production is catered to audiences ages 5 through 10 (kindergarten to fifth grade). The production runs from May 7 to May 10 with shows at 10:15am and 11:30am daily at Discovery Theater, located in the lower level of the Ripley Center, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle. Click here to secure your tickets. The show will then continue to tour six schools in DC and southern Maryland through May 21.

Young Playwrights Festival 2019 @ Baltimore Center Stage

After serving as a playwriting teaching artist on behalf of Baltimore Center Stage throughout 2018 and 2019, I am excited to accept a role in the 2019 Young Playwrights Festival performing the winning plays onstage. The event will take place in the Head Theater at Baltimore Center Stage on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 6:30pm. This year’s honorees include:

  • True Beauty by Royale Taylor

  • Delve by Quinn Katz-Zogby & Lia Worth

  • Larry the Elf by Lindsey Brilliant

  • Cast by Emily Tian

  • Tourist Trap by Jake Fischvogt

  • Candy Make Up & Break Up by Mrs. Meyer-Seymour’s 2nd Grade Class

Reserve tickets to the event here. Learn more about the Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) Residency Program by clicking on the image below.

Adam the Creator @ the Embassy of the Czech Republic

Theatre artists Pete Danelski and Megan Diehl will present a reading of Adam the Creator by Karel & Josef Čapek at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 6pm. I will be reading for Miles, AE 1, Messenger, & Student. To reserve a seat for the reading, click here. To contribute to the future development of this project, click on the image below.

First written in Czech in 1928, and translated into English only once in 1931, Adam the Creator has spent a century virtually forgotten in the United States. Embracing the Čapek brothers’ signature social commentary and dark humor, the adaptation renews this often forgotten parable with a uniquely contemporary American voice.

Adam, out of frustration with the corrupt state of humanity, publicly negates all of existence and is then charged with the re-creation of the universe.

Reykjavik w/ Rorschach Theatre @ Silver Spring Black Box

I am thrilled to be playing the track of Martin/Ross/Robert/Man in Down Coat in the National New Play Network rolling world premiere of Reykjavik by Steve Yockey. Produced by Rorschach Theatre and directed by Helen Hayes award-winning Rick Hammerly, Reykjavik will play the Silver Spring Black Box from February 8 through March 3. Shows are at 8pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 3pm on Sunday. Press opening is Monday, February 11, at 7pm. Industry night is Monday, February 25, at 8pm. For more information on Rorschach or to reserve tickets, click here.

Reykjavik is a series of interconnected vignettes featuring tourists mixing with the (sometimes supernatural) Icelandic locals. We eavesdrop on the private lives of lovers, hospitality workers, party goers, and even a really handsome bird or two. This play is a glimpse into a magical, dark, and sometimes violent world where everyone is still hoping to find love and joy beneath the glow of the Northern Lights.

Animal Tails & Shakespeare in the Schools w/ Educational Theatre Company

I will be joining Arlington-based Educational Theatre Company as a teaching artist this spring in a two-fold capacity. Firstly, I will be teaching a semester-long, after-school course at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School through ETC entitled Animal Tails, an oral, performative storytelling class with an animal theme for 1st graders. Secondly, I will be joining the roster of on-call actors for ETC’s seminal Shakespeare in the Schools program, bringing Shakespeare programming to northern Virginia classrooms since ETC’s founding.