Theatre Things

Tower Theatre Time?

I may have mentioned this before, but I am working with Education Outreach at the Tower Theatre Foundation to create an audition workshop for theatre students 13-19 years old. Not only am I apart of creating the logistical schedule, designing flyers and the program curriculum, but I will also be acting as the student’s acting coach for the week. Not only am I honored to be serving the students, but it was also a fun coincidence that I am taking acting this term and am gaining amazing resources to further my acting education and soon, my students!

Gratitude Corner

I have immense gratitude for the theatre community across the world. This year, in 2017, the arts have the opportunity to take on an incredible role to shape our future and I am beyond grateful to be a part of it.

Welcome to Claradise!

I just wanted to vent (a happy vent) about how unique, thought-provoking and innovative this show will be for the students, professors, and community of Santa Clara University. Welcome to Claradise has music that was written just for the show, and movement that exposes the issues on campus that have been pushed down and hidden away. It is riveting to be a part of something that is going to get the community talking. The show will make some feel loved and supported, it will make some exceptionally angry, and may make other audience members fearful enough to enact change. This is why I am in the arts. Because we are here to speak the unspeakable and tear down the walls that allow us to mundanely walk through the day. We are here to hold a mirror up to the audience and say, “Do you like what you see?”

New Classes, New Term.

Winter Quarter is here, and I have decided that these next 11 weeks are going to be the Wednesday of the year if you know what I mean. I have a heavy but very exciting course load that includes Spanish II, Acting, LEAD Critical Thinking and Writing, LEAD Seminar, Theatre Culture and Ideas: When God was a Woman and Private Vocal Lessons by Patrick Leveque. This quarter has got me thinking! At first, I was intimidated to jump into Spanish II just leaving Italian, but it’s all coming back to me. Acting is an amazing, amazing class full of growth and support among one another. LEAD (First generation students) Critical Thinking and Writing will be similar to last term but we are focusing on learning about education and minorities through the lens of the media and creating our own presentations and documentaries. LEAD Seminar will focus on career support such as building up resumes and creating a Linkedin, as well as possibly having mock interviews purely for practice and experience. I was pretty worried about what Theatre Culture and Ideas would do on the topic of challenging my faith to consider the title of the class “When God was a Woman.” This has actually been my most thought-provoking, rejuvenating, fascinating, and faith strengthening class I’ve ever had. We read plays about how women were persecuted by a double standard at the beginning of the art of theatre. For example, women were not allowed to participate in or watch any theatre despite the fact that most plays were written to demean women themselves. It has been eye-opening to compare society then to today’s society. It makes me feel how lucky women are today, but at the same time, there comes a point where nothing has really changed with the views of women. On an unrelated note, did I mention vocal lessons? My vocal coach is outstanding and I’m already growing in confidence. What a term!

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