A Case for Cracking

I want to address something that plagues a lot of performers; something that often prevents us from exploring our rich craft. No, it isn't the dreaded vocal crack or the need to flip instead of belt. It's the fear.

This fear stops us from taking risks. It prevents us from exploring our depth. It locks us in one ideology of "correctness" and impedes our exploration of our own art. 

We can't ever learn to sound pretty if we're constantly afraid of sounding ugly.

The inability to make a mistake, the fear of it, freezes the body from discovering creative output. It is impossible to flow when constricted. In order to find the rich truth of our voice, we have to learn to love every part of it. The flat, the sharp, the melodic, and the harmonic.

Your dissonance is your resonance. Your song lives in your freedom, not in your freeze. The fight engages the song. Your conflict enriches your story. No good music was ever written out of comfort. No drama was ever performed out of comfort. Conflict incites creativity. Without it, the curtain falls, the Mic stalls, and hopeful ears become deaf. Trust your challenge and allow yourself to accept the ugly parts of yourself.

Without them, you can't truly appreciate your beautiful parts. In your freedom you will find your joy. In your joy you will find your talent. In your talent you will find your purpose.

Side Show's about to Explode with Excitement

I can't believe it's finally here! With over a month of grueling rehearsals hammering away at the music, stomping away at the choreography, and chipping away at the characters I can say we are definitely ready for an audience!

It has been an overwhelming experience directing my very first musical and I couldn't have asked for a better team. This challenge has reaped so many rewards and I can't wait to offer it to the community.

Check out our recent article in the UWG Perspective and don't forget to pick up your tickets at the Townsend Center for Performing Arts as soon as possible. The show runs Oct 7-10 at 7:30pm and Oct 10-11 at 2:30pm. I hope to see you there!

Check out the trailer here:

And the "podcast" here:

Freedom is Flow

This summer has been a phenomenal ride! After my first year teaching at the University of West Georgia, I headed back to Arizona for some quality time with friends. While there I taught my first online class (Theatre Appreciation), coached private voice clients, choreographed Not Quite Disney's Toy Story at Camp Kidz in Chandler, and got engaged!

After all that, I went further west and spent a month in California staying with old friends. It wasn't all leisure, however! During that month I participated and completed Part 1 of the Fitzmaurice Voicework® Associate Teacher Certification Program XIV. By this time next year, I will be a certified Assistant Teacher working towards Associate Teacher status. During my time in Los Angeles, I also began my training as a Reiki teacher with the beautiful Sheila Gabrielsen. I am currently studying Reiki Level 2 and loving every minute of it.

Following California, I came back east for some much-needed family time before jumping right back into academia.

That first week back was a doozy! On August 23rd, I got a year older. On August 24th, I started teaching a new semester of students. On August 25th, we held auditions for our Fall Season. On August 26th, we had callbacks and casts assigned. And on August 27th, I started rehearsals directing the musical Side Show at the University of West Georgia. With phenomenal choreography by Ricardo Aponte, fabulous costumes by Erik Teague, a gorgeous set by Brad Darvas, and an immense 444-page score directed by Ed Thrower, this show has been a challenge! But it's all coming together thanks to the patience and drive of our talented artists. The show will run from October 7-10 at 7:30pm and October 10-11 at 2:30pm.

Though the challenges are immense, I'm also working on writing my first full-length play Giving Thanks, a relationship/family dramedy centered around impressing the folks and failing marvelously. 

Check back soon for more updates!