Auditions for Wizard of OZ start tomorrow

Im not trying out though

I’m student directing! :D (Ill also be assistant lighting designer, but that wont be til later)((Ill be running back stage during the performance as well)

Super excited and a tad nervous to get this going. Hopefully everyone does their best tomorrow!

And hopefully we can figure out what to do with all the scenery.  It’s all HUGE and a lot of it only gets used once or twice. We’ve cut as much of it as we can and there’s still a lot of it. >< So Ill be directing all that the night of the performances and such. Back stage stage manager. Even when I’m supposed to be student directing I can’t get away from stage managing. XD (not that I mind cause I love my usual job <3)

anonymous asked:

Sooo, at my high school I'm not able to audition for our fall play due to time commitments, but the director told me that he would be ecstatic if I would student direct. How could this help me later in the business? ( I want to go into MT!) Thanks!!!!

Oh, it can be really helpful!  I assistant directed a show my senior year of high school because I didn’t get in, and I really learned a lot!  It was very interesting being on the other side of the table, being a part of the process and watching how it all works without really being in the mix in terms of acting.  I learned a lot about the process, and even though I wasn’t personally performing, I think it did benefit me as a performer!  It’s also great to have on your resume for college auditions!


When people think of watching Stage Theatre, they think Broadway; Lots of lights, big stages, and endless budgets. But those who practice theatre know that most of the time, its anything but glamorous.

            Students at Universities all over the world realize the hardships of theatre because they have to face them every day. Often times, they are on their own to put up productions without support of anyone but their fellow actors, stage managers, and designers.

            “Student shows here just aren’t as glamorized,” said Jessica Otterbine, a two-time student director, “Everyone wants to do the Main Stages. They have bigger budgets, and the faculty directors, you know, people who… are professionals.”

            She continued, saying that students need to be able to put on their own shows because this is what they are training to do. If they don’t get the opportunity to get hands-on experience in college, then they can’t be the best you can be.

            However, that’s not to say that faculty and Universities should take a ‘hands-off’ approach in order to let the students work.

            “Its just unfortunate that we can’t get the kind of support that we really need,” said Otterbine.

            Other schools notice the lack of support as well, but not just from faculty. The Broadway Bostonian published an article on Boston University’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. The article comments on lack of support from audiences.

            “When people think Student Theater, they generally think off-pitch, haphazard and cheap. One out of three isn’t bad (cheap – for you and the students) but the other two just aren’t true. Collegiate theater companies pride themselves on getting talented actors and crew members, and training them to the best of their abilities For some who intend to work in theater, college is an opportunity to get some much-needed career experience.”

            They, among many others who can appreciate the talent and work of student productions, do not view student theatre as something to be looked down upon.

“I’m a huge fan of student theater…” says the author, “and not just because I’m a student. Student theater is a great way to expose yourself to a wide variety of inexpensive theater. This might seem sacrilegious to bigger Broadway buffs, but sometimes I can’t get interested in shows just from the cast recording.”

            One problem that Quinnipiac’s student theatre did not face this year is audience support for their shows. “The Clean House” by Sarah Ruhl was directed by Otterbine and sold out two out of three nights.

            “I think, in the past couple years, student productions have become increasingly greater quality and outcome.,” said Otterbine.

            Now, she says, they just need support from the University itself.

            One might ask why a student, burdened with piles of homework, hours at internships and little money would even bother taking on an endeavor like directing a student show. Otterbine, answered in one word…. Love.

            “You just really need to be doing what you love,” she said, “At the end of the day, that’s what is really important.”

This is Part 1 of the Shining Agency Office Organization Chart, which can be found on pages 148 and 149 of the 5th Anniversary Book. The above image is just a thumbnail–click on it ( to get a full-sized image. I rearranged the chart to accommodate for horizontal English text.

The arrows are easiest to understand at the top level: Shining was a teacher/mentor to Ryuya and Ringo (his students), who are direct seniors to Reiji (their “junior”). At the senior/peer level, the arrows indicate how one character views another. Using Reiji and Tokiya’s relationship as an example, Reiji thinks of Tokiya as a serious, yet hardworking junior. In turn, Tokiya respects Reiji as someone who is flexible and adaptable.

As implied in the header, there are also notes on character relationships through the Academy, hobbies, and television programs. When I have that part translated I’ll share it!

EDIT: Both parts are posted to my blog!

Part 1

Part 2

Education Dare Day

What’s one little thing that you have or do in your classroom that has SAVED your sanity?

Mine is my classroom routine - students arrive, read the directions and announcements on the board, pick up the papers they need from the table, turn in the work that’s due to the bin, and start their Everyday Edit. That gives me time to handle emergencies, take attendance, and greet each student individually before we get down to business. 

Supermodel Charlotte McKinney Supercharges ‘Flatliners’

EXCLUSIVE: Supermodel Charlotte McKinney, probably best known for last year’s Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl spot that went viral and broke viewing records across the Internet, has been cast in Flatliners. McKinney joins Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemens and Kiefer Sutherland in the Sony reboot written by Ben Ripley (Source Code). She will play a nurse in a funny sex scene involving her and a medical student (Norton).

Flatliners, directed by Niels Arden Oplev (the Swedish Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), is being produced by Laurence Mark and Michael Douglas. The latter also produced the original 1990 film on which this one is based.

The original Flatliners cast included Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Billy Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Next year, McKinney will be in Baywatch, the Paramount Pictures feature based on another iconic IP of the 1990. She will play Julia in the film directed by Seth Gordon and starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. McKinney’s Super Bowl commercial broke records with 2.5 billion media impressions and 9.5 million YouTube views. Shen then participated in Season 20 of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and has appeared in Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle and in the feature Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. She also has been on the covers of GQ Mexico and Galore, as well as fashion campaigns including GUESS. McKinney is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment and in modeling is repped by Wilhelmina Models. Related storiesKiefer Sutherland Crossing Over To ‘Flatliners’ RedoNina Dobrev In Talks To Join Sony’s 'Flatliners’ RebootBruce Willis Set To Star In 'First Kill’ For Emmett/Furla/Oasis

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How low can you(r expectations) go

Well, the person who I was supposed to do the Tarot project with turned out to not be the right person for the job. She is a great photographer and I wish her all the best. I should have seen this coming sooner and I guess I actually did.
At least I have the framework for future Tarot classes so this whole thing wasn’t a total waste. I also learned that in order to actually teach something you have to have a few things to start with.
1. A student who wants to learn.
I’m not talking about “thinks it would be neat if they learned” I mean putting in the work and being disciplined about it.
2. A teacher who can make complex things easier to understand.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
3. A teacher who can direct a student.
If someone were wandering around in the dark but you could see, would you let them run into walls repeatedly or would you help them?

The idea of taking on students makes me very uneasy though.
“Hey, you like Tarot? Wanna like shut the fuck up about it and bust ass learning the system for a couple years? I didn’t think so.”

Just sending a post out into the aether

Met a girl on a train today (15 July 2016) we got on at Birmingham and I was going Totnes. I awkwardly sat next to her for an hour or so, she asks me how long I’m on the train for and we start talking about all the stuff we’re interested in and I thought we really hit it off. She got off the stop and I didn’t ask her number I was nervous and arguing with myself to do it in my head for ages and she said it was lovely meeting you sort of lingered and wandered off as I replied it was really nice meeting you too.

She is has just finished her first year at Portsmouth University studying psychology, if anyone can get this message in the sort of portsmouth psychology students sort of direction that would be wonderful. Because she was lovely and I was a nervous idiot.