I have some news to announce! After coming home to Portland for South Pacific I realized that this is where I need to be right now. I am officially moving back home November 1st. I loved living in New York and plan on going back, but I believe it was a good first try. I explored the city and learned a lot about myself. I am planning for a return to New York in March 2014. For now I will be working on my skills and doing everything I can to develop myself as an actor.
In other news, we closed South Pacific on Sunday! Our last curtain call was a bit teary-eyed for all of us onstage, but we celebrated our successful run with a cast party and one last night of all of us together. The end of a show is always a little sad, but I am looking forward to my upcoming projects.
This past week has been audition heavy for me and I am excited to announce three shows I have been cast in! Coming up in December, I will be taking part in Part Time Playhouse. I am excited to be starting rehearsals when I get back from New York and performing with a live studio audience while being broadcast live on television December 2nd at 2pm Pacific. Coming up January 2-5 I will be playing one of three Shepards in W. H. Auden’s “For the Time Being” at Milepost 5. Last, but certainly not least, I will be taking part in two staged readings for the Fertile Ground Festival on January 27th at HipBone Studios. There are four staged readings that evening and I am in “Ladies Room” by Susan Faust and “Fortune Cookies” by Donna Barrow.
Not only am I thankful for all of these upcoming projects, but also to be studying with Jana Lee Hamblin at Act Now Portland again. Once a year, Jana has a session which she calls Character Month. Every year she chooses a theme and a real person for you to study and play. Last year was poets and playwrights, the year before was serial killers; this year Jana has chosen celebrities who are famous for doing nothing. I am looking forward to seeing who she chooses for me and how I can embody them without being a caricature.
I am pleased with my decision to move back to Portland and I feel as though I am being rewarded with these amazing opportunities. New York, I will miss you, and I promise to be back soon!