4/9 shows → spring awakening “and they’ll walk on my arm through the distant night, and i won’t let them stray from my heart. through the wind, through the dark, through the winter light, i will read all their dreams to the stars”
Eight years ago, I was a plucky college student participating in the National Student Exchange program at the University of Washington. My course list was so great! My Intro to Acting class turned out to be life-changing, pulling me entirely out of my shell and teaching me that my time was worth something incredible. (If you’re a student at Chapman University, take a class from Amanda Zarr. She’s on faculty there now and she’s phenomenal.) I took a scenic design class from a professional designer and for the first time in my life saw a name that I knew in a playbill. (Shout out to Matthew Smucker and his phenomenal designs.) I was challenged in my modern dance class and tackled choreography for the first time – to the tune of “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap, of course. And I took a Biology of Drugs class that I was able to transfer to my undergrad as an Intro to Biology credit.
You have to understand that I was very different eight years ago. The first time I rode the bus, I was terrified. Until I talked to an 80-something year old theatre patron who’d arrived at ACT the same way. And had been using the bus every day for as long as she could remember. I was interacting with theatre professionals leagues more experienced and more talented than I. I was introduced to the work of Mary Zimmerman, Stephen Adly Guirgis, John Patrick Shanley, Pina Bausch, and Bill T. Jones. I discovered podcasts while hand-coloring my set model for Metamorphoses. So much of my Seattle experience opened me up and created the foundation for the artist that I am today. And I’m here to say that in August, I’m moving back.