I'm Back (in LA)

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  I'M BACK 

                                        (IN LA)

We're off! Visiting family, enjoying the beautiful weather, making music, and meeting with all sorts of folks who make movies and theatre and art, I'm having a pretty damn good time after closing Turning Off The Morning News. It's now onto the next few projects, which include wrapping up an episode on The Roof, and beginning to compose the score for a new short film. But that's all happening when I get back to New York on June 18th. For now, we all have to just take in the sun for a moment. 

I Graduated!

It's been an incredibly formative four years, and now it's time to go. Well, actually I had to go pretty much as soon as the ceremony was done to make it to my show that night.

I know I'll always have the teachers there who inspired me as part of my extended family. And I know I'll stay in touch with my group mates, who I've spent more time with than any family member I've ever known. So basically, all I've given up is my school I.D. and mail key. Not a bad trade for a degree and life changing lessons. 

During the ceremony, I was surprised with being awarded the Michel & Suria Saint-Denis Prize in Drama. And my classmates Manon Gage, Brittany Bradford, Allen Tedder, and Toney Goins were also honored with various awards. And when the entire group walked across the stage to receive their degrees, I was practically bursting with pride.

Off we go!

McCarter Instagram Take Over

Yesterday, during our final dress rehearsal, the McCarter asked me to "take over" their Instagram account. I leaped at the chance. Here is the first video of four!

The Premiere of Chris Durang's New Play at the McCarter Theatre!

Ah! Ah! I have news. I have been cast and already am in rehearsals for the premiere of Chris Durang's new play Turning Off the Morning News at the McCarter Theatre. I'm working across from Kristine Nielsen, Robert Sella, John Pankow, Rachel Nicks, and Jenn Harris, being directed by Emily Mann, and get to talk over the character and choices with Chris himself.

It's so incredibly humbling to be in this room after being at school for the past 4 years. I feel as though I'm in a constant masterclass on how to rehearse. We don't spend endless amounts of time talking about how we'll take a note, we simply take the note and begin doing. There is so much talent, inspiration, and love in the room already, and I'm so thrilled to be a part of the cast.

We open May 12th, and run at the McCarter until June 3rd! You can get your tickets here: https://www.mccarter.org/season/2017-2018/pdps/turningoffthemorningnews/#Performances

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My Crashing Subway Story

In preparation of my Juilliard showcase (which is Monday in NY!!), the school has put up short videos of every member in the class talking about something that is personal to them. I would very highly recommend for you to go check out ALL of the videos. I love these classmates very much, and I hope these videos give you a glimpse as to why. To get you started, here is my video and my story about being in a subway accident over the summer.

The link to see everyone else's video and profile is here: https://www.juilliard.edu/drama/group47

I look forward to seeing you all at showcase! NY is April 2nd, LA is April 18th!

 

Feinstein's 54 Below with Javier Colon

Now, this was cool. Two days prior to this event, I got a call from my old friend from this summer's production of Big River, Javier Colon, asking me if I wanted to sing a few songs with him at his upcoming gig in New York. It was on a Sunday, my only day off, so of course I said yes. I had no idea that the gig was at 54 Below, which is an awesome venue that I've watched videos of with people like Josh Gad and Neil Patrick Harris perform. 

It was such a pleasure to work with Javier again and see some old friends from the cast. And I forgot how incredible his voice is... but then, there's a reason to why he won "The Voice." 

 I really do miss this cast.

I really do miss this cast.

From Wit to Waiting

Farewell, Harlequin. I must say, if it hadn't been for the opportunity given to me by the awesome Stephen Wadsworth, I might have never known how much I love commedia dell'arte. I was on my toes the whole time, and always having to keep my engine running at 100% whenever I was out on stage. It was an absolute joy, and I was delighted to hear that the audience felt the same way! People who attended have consistently been more likely to talk about the solidity and greatness ensemble as a whole than any one particular person, and I consider that to be the highest of compliments. We put together a complete story, not separate chances for individuals to show off. And now, I will be ready and excited to play Harlequin from now till the day my body can't climb a 10 foot carriage. 

But seeing as it's over, we're diving immediately into the next show at Juilliard; Waiting For Godot. Weirdly, this has been one of my favorite show since I was 7. That's right, my parents took a 7 year old to an existential Samuel Beckett play. But hey, turns out I liked it! A lot! And here I am, about 40 years ahead of schedule, playing Estragon at the end of my fourth year. With Moni Yakim directing, who has been at the school for 50 years since Group 1, I couldn't have dreamed a better way to end my career as a student. It will be running from February 11th-17th. You can get tickets by CLICKING HERE

           from wit to waiting....

We have our first reading this next Monday, so wish me luck!

Triumph of Love at Juilliard

My first fourth year production at Juilliard is a week away from opening! I'll be playing Harlequin, a commedia dell'arte clown, in the 18th century French comedy, Triumph of Love. Yes, I was dubious as well when I first heard that my fourth year production would be set in the 18th century. But under the incredible direction of Steven Wadsworth, who's the same guy who translated and adapted the script, it's definitely going to be a show not to miss. And my bruised limbs and aching body beg to agree that the whole cast and I are giving it everything we've got. It is a ridiculously physical show. I climb carriages, leap from columns, and practically never stop moving! 

You can buy your tickets here! 

https://www.juilliard.edu/event/121216/juilliard-drama-presents-pierre-de-marivauxs-triumph-love

 

So IS My Album Done Yet?

After a week filled with collaborating with some incredible artists like Toney Goins, Nya Muchai-Kinya, Elisabeth Evans, and Mike Nappi, I'm proud to say my album is close to completion! I'm now sending it out to producers and music supervisors for film and TV, so listen for my music this next year! You could also just listen to snippets of the album under the music tab on this website, but where's the anticipation in that? Nowhere. There is no anticipation in that.

BIG RIVER with Javier Colon at Unquowa Theatre Company

For only 4 performances, I'll be performing as Huck Finn in Big River with Javier Colon (winner of The Voice Season 1) as Jim in Fairfield Connecticut! We're being directed by Kirby Ward, a great New York based actor and director, in whose capable hands, I think, we can make this 1850 story into a politically relevant discussion about the historical roots of racism, the moral compass of humanity battling against the standards of society, and the increasingly important question of right and wrong. The run is from June 15th-17th, so don't miss it! 

NEVER STOP FIGHTING: A Collection of Political Speeches

My Drama Group 47 at The Juilliard School has put together a collection of political speeches that will be presented on campus at 6:00pm in Paul Hall on December 13th, 2016. I will also be releasing videos of the speeches as a series here and on Youtube, so look for it!

 

 

"We'll Try It Again: Dance Rehearsal" Trailer

Got to work with some of the best dancers in the country, and we wanted to share a few clips from the dance rehearsals! Might there be a mockumentary of the rehearsal process on the horizon? There might... There might...

"We'll Try It Again" Teaser Trailer

I've been writing music since I was seven and tap dancing since I was eight, and figured the two might just go together. So, in my first music video to my new single "We'll Try It Again," I thought it was as good of a time as any to combine the two! After some blood, sweat, and sunburn, the music video is nearly finished. But in the meantime, you can watch the trailer!