What a Difference a Year Makes

It looks like some time has passed since my last post! I can’t believe it’s been over a year already. So much has happened and there is so much on the horizon! Here’s a little update about what’s been going on:

In March 2016, I got to perform at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. For those of you that know me, you’ll know that I’ve never performed in a Shakespeare play. I love the Bard and have studied his work, but have never been able to grace the stage in one of his plays. So, my official first Shakespearean role was none other than William Shakespeare himself in a new play called, Campion’s Will. I also taught some accents at Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham, AL for their production of Secret Garden.

In April 2016, I got a little time off to celebrate my cousin’s wedding in Arizona!

In May 2016, I officially left my post as Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement at the University of West Georgia. My two years there were full of wonderful experiences and amazing opportunities, but it was time for me to move on and start a family of my own.

In June 2016, I got to catch my breath a little bit with a small directing stint working on Shrek at Chandler Center for the Arts. This month I also added a beautiful creature to my family! Porter Haus was adopted on June 11 and he has brought continuous love and light into my life.

In July, two of my articles were published. My tech review of the Exceptional Voice App for trans* voice modification was published in the VASTA Voice and my article about the need for artists to embrace Community Theatre was published in Southern Theatre Magazine. This month also marked my move to Los Angeles to finish the final part of my Fitzmaurice Voicework® Teacher Certification. With my wonderful friends and colleagues in LA, I also got to workshop my first authored full-length play, Giving Thanks.

In August, I finally received my teacher certification in Fitzmaurice Voicework®! It was a tough two years, but I’m grateful for every challenge and triumph that came with the territory. Thanks to the FV Institute, I even began to develop my second solo show, We. After finishing the certification, I moved to Reno, NV where I took up shop as the new Assistant Professor of Acting in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno. This semester I taught two sections of Intro Acting and one section of Movement for the Actor.

In September, I began rehearsals for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Reno Little Theater. I also began my research collaborating with the Department of Speech, Language, and Audiology in the UNR School of Medicine on trans* voice and communication therapy.

In October, I finished the Phonetics Intensive in partial completion of my Knight-Thompson Speechwork Teacher Certification. The only thing standing in my way now is the KTS Teacher Intensive! While continuing rehearsals for TMLMTBGB, I also began rehearsing Calendar Girls at Reno Little Theater where I would play Lawrence Sugden and Dialect Coach the Yorkshire Accent.

In November, we opened and closed Too Much Light and it was an absolute blast! I even got to see the original Chicago production while I was in town for a VASTA Board Meeting. I also got to see an awesome new piece of theatre called Octagon, written by Kristiana Rae Colón. We began production meetings for Eurydice, which I would be directing in the spring. OH YEA! I got married!

In December, I continued rehearsals for Calendar Girls. There was even time for a much needed vacation! I got to visit my family in VA and meet my niece, Ella, for the first time.

In January 2017, we opened Calendar Girls to sold out crowds! The spring semester began and I got to teach one section of Intro Acting and one section of Acting V: Shakespeare and Heightened Reality (thank you course release!). I even took on an Independent Study working with an amazing student preparing for the professional world of acting. We held auditions and found our cast for Eurydice!

In February, I flew out to Utah for the Rocky Mountain Summer Stock Theatre Auditions. I got a few callbacks, but couldn’t make things work. We started rehearsals for Eurydice! I also signed with my first agent at Tru Talent!

In March, I booked my first on camera commercial! We continued Eurydice rehearsals until Spring Break when I got to spend a week with family in San Diego and even audition for Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, CA.

In April, we opened and closed Eurydice! Thanks to a wonderful team of artists, the show was absolutely gorgeous. Later in the month, I even got to participate in a concert reading of She Kills Monsters where I got to play Orcus/Ronnie!

In May, I booked my second commercial! We also put together a showcase of our student’s work in Shakespeare and Heightened Reality. I got to see some great theatre this month and made it back to Arizona for a weekend to witness my amazing mentor, Micha Espinosa, marry my friend and colleague, Marcelino Quiñonez! Oh yea! And Plural Publishing accepted my book proposal for publication. The collaboration with SLPs in the trans* voice clinic has led to a coauthored book that will be available by ASHA 2018!

This June is chock-full of exciting things! I’m getting ready to fly to New York to present my solo show, We, at Marymount Manhattan College for the Third International Fitzmaurice Teachers Symposium. I’ll also be presenting a workshop entitled “The Infinite Voice: Clarifying the Focus Line.” While in the city, I’m already slotted to see some wonderful theatre and visit old friends! When I get back from NYC, I fly up to Vancouver, WA to shoot the second part of my commercial. Then back to Reno to film the final scenes and wrap it up!

In July, I will be joining the cast of Love’s Labour’s Lost at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in my first Shakespearean production! I have been cast in the Ensemble and will be understudying Costard, Marcade/Forester/Musician, and Moth. You can find tickets here: http://laketahoeshakespeare.com/?play=loves-labours-lost  I’m finally joining the Equity Membership Candidate Program! Throughout this run, I will also be working with the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare program at LTSF as one of five professional actors mentoring high school actors in a one-hour adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost. For this, I will be playing Ferdinand, the King of Navarre! The shows are free, so check it out if you can. Bring the kids! http://laketahoeshakespeare.com/young_shakespeare/

In August, I will continue the run of LLL at LTSF and possibly start shooting for a new TV show. Details on that are still a bit under wraps, but it should be an exciting project. The end of the month will start my second year at UNR where I’ll be teaching Movement for the Actor, Shakespeare and Heightened Reality, and Intro to Theatre. It’s going to be a busy semester!

From there, I’ll be prepping the book for publication, trying to get a couple other articles out there, prepping to direct Twelfth Night at UNR in the spring, and who knows what else might be in store! This year has been a whirlwind of experiences. It was certainly a long year that still somehow managed to fly by. I’m extremely grateful for everyone who supported me throughout this journey. Here’s to another year of great adventures!

Love and light!