How did it happen? For so many years I was an actor or actress (I don't mind either descriptor) and very proud of it. I still am. About 14 years ago, I started directing through the generosity of a mentor. I love that too. My amazing wife, my idea person, wanted to found a tiny theatre company together in 2016. Here we are 7 years, 12 full productions, 20 staged readings later all of which makes me a producer. And finally, I started teaching college in 2019 adding educator to my list of titles.
Why do I want to write about this? To brag? Maybe. It's as surprising to me as it might be to you if the way you know me is as a performer. Mostly, I want to talk about how at the beginning of the third act of my life, I am busier than ever. It's friggin fantastic and I'm filled with gratitude!
So, in my "fancy" new titled self, I'd like to reflect on all that has happened since I last blogged. (I'm so bad at this! I shall not shame myself, though.) Started pursuing my MFA in the Fall of 2021 -- a lifelong dream. I'm set to finish in May of 2024. Jumped back on the boards in January of 2022 thanks to the brilliant Judith Ivey in a world premiere at Portland Stage of a play called Senior Living by Tor Hyams and Lisa St. Lou. Such a beautiful experience with fantastic actors.
July of 2022 I broke the Steel Magnolias' curse! I had the honor of playing Clairee at Casa Manana in Ft. Worth. What a gas! My entire family came out. The cast was a dream. Performing this classic piece proved why it is so beloved. The relationships are all.
Continued my directing with Honky Tonk Angels and Southern Comforts in 2023. And during all of it, I was teaching phenomenal students and studying with amazing professors.
So, here we are at the end of 2023 and like always, I'm looking for that next adventure. Still excited by all of the possibilities. I'll be teaching, finishing up my MFA, and when it's public, I'll announce here my next hyphenate.