In little over a week, I’ll be making my tentative, facemasked return to New York City– resuming University in a Covid-19 world. The pandemic has shifted what it means to get an Acting degree and while I’m thankful for the hybrid, somewhat in-person class model I’ll be returning to- I’m forced to acknowledge the fact… Read More Designing, Directing, and Disney: An Artistic Discussion With Kennon Cliche
Pulp Fiction, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Godfather. What do they have in common? They all started with good ideas. They’re imaginative. So how can I stimulate my own imagination? Where do good ideas come from? Creativity is a muscle and the phrase ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’ applies. This… Read More Where Do Ideas Come From? Stimulating Imagination
A gorilla fighting a man on a jet-pack. That’s what I saw this morning when I looked up at the clouds. It was a sight to behold and I regret not taking a picture of the epic, cumulonimbus clash. I wasn’t the only one witnessing the sky-based, smack-down of the century, either. Just down the… Read More Does The Artist’s Intention Matter? A Debate About Creation
Theatre companies have been thrown into chaos amidst Covid-19. In the face of this pandemic, though, many of them have shown inspiring resilience and ingenuity. One of these companies is The Playthings Theatre. The Playthings Theatre is an intimate theatre company based in Midtown Manhattan. Their mission? To create a safe space for a family… Read More A Pandemic’s Impact On Theatre: An Interview With Jason Brubaker
I’m going to show you a picture… At a Modern Art gallery in San Francisco, a teenager left a pair of glasses on the floor as a bit of lighthearted, ironic fun. What happened next is the interesting part. Museum patrons who crossed paths with this new ‘exhibit’ stop to take pictures- mistaking the regular,… Read More What Counts As Art?
You could be an expert at anything, right now. So why aren’t you? People say that if you comprehensively read three books on any given subject, you’ll know more on that subject than 95% of the population (of course this only accounts for book knowledge, not tactile experience). Additionally, you can learn anything and everything… Read More You Could Be An Expert At Anything… So Why Aren’t You?
You are an incredibly influential individual. The choices you make, big and small, have direct and consequential effects on the world as we know it. You are burdened with immense power and subsequently an immense responsibility. You– specifically, you. This isn’t a line ripped from a superhero origin story, nor is it an obnoxiously patronizing,… Read More The Influence of Individuals and Associated Responsibility
Vulnerability on stage is essential as an actor. It acts as an entry point for the audience into the character and the events of the play. It’s compelling and it’s honest. It’s also difficult. Over the course of my studies in college, many of the notes I’ve received in class revolve around vulnerability, more specifically,… Read More Vulnerability In Acting
Most of us don’t talk to our best friend from kindergarten all that much anymore. There isn’t anything wrong with that, it’s totally normal. Maybe one of you enrolled in a different middle school. Maybe, as time went on, you both pursued different interests and time slowly dissolved the connection you both found on the… Read More A Guide To Friendship: Navigating Shifting Social Circles
Many people have a proclivity to push off work until the last minute, so much so that the phrase, “I’m a procrastinator” has become akin to a cute, colloquial personality trait. There is no harm in leisure and the opportunity to kick back and read a good book or watch a movie is something I… Read More Discipline- Small Ways To Increase Your Work Ethic