The past year has been so incredibly busy, I have neglected my journal! So, time for a quick summary and update!
Last you heard from me, I was coming off of a summer of assistant directing The Merry Wives of Windsor with Nebraska Shakespeare.
Since then, I:
Got a new job at a global tech company that I have always dreamed of working for!
Started year 2 as a Disney Musicals in Schools teaching artist with Omaha Performing Arts, helping produce The Lion King Kids! at a local elementary school
Played Rico/Candy/Lynn Lemur in Madagascar: A Musical Adventure at The Rose Theater
Premiered the role of Adeline Ravoux in Van Gogh & Me by Matt Gutschick at The Rose Theater
Played Helen McCormick in The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh with the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company
Disney Musicals in Schools performances and Student Share
Played Curious George in Curious George & the Golden Meatball at The Rose Theater, and sprained my foot during a show the final week of performances
Participated in a playlab reading for the Great Plains Theatre Conference
Assistant Directed King John: A Troublesome Reign and appeared in Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare on the Green, and played Cinna in Juno’s Swans: Julius Caesar, an all female reading series, and served as co-camp director of Camp Shakespeare for Nebraska Shakespeare
Started year 3 as a Disney Musicals in Schools teaching artist with Omaha Performing Arts at another elementary school, also working on The Lion King Kids (third year in a row!)
Accepted into and began Artist INC, a juried workshop program of seminars facilitated by working artists in Omaha on how to maintain an economically sustainable career in the arts
Auditioned for numerous projects with varying degrees of success
Saw many wonderful and inspiring theatrical productions and music concerts at many different theaters and venues
Made connections with new people, made new friends, became closer with my mentors, and created a sort-of-plan for what I want to accomplish and where I want to go in the next few years
All while working and growing at my tech job. Time is an illusion!
It feels really weird to be so seemingly self-congratulatory, but my learning in Artist INC has taught me that I am my own business, especially as an actor, and sometimes you just have to market yourself, as uncomfortable as it is. I do plan to update this journal much more frequently now that I have a small group of peers who are holding me accountable to my goals, and I actually have some exciting ideas of what other kinds of content to create. Watch this space for more things to come!
Bye for now!