Though I've been delighted to call Milwaukee home again this past year, I will be packing up my Volkswagon once again this summer, heading east to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia. I'm very excited to do some hiking in Shenandoah National Park, explore the east coast a bit, and to work with this incredible company, whose tenants align very closely with my beliefs about the Bard in performance. This season, I will be joining a company of 11 other actors to take on Peter and the Starcatcher, Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost, and Henry the VI Part 3 from April to November.
While embracing the nomadic life has been a blast for the past year, I'm pleased to be back in one of my home bases - my glorious hometown of Milwaukee - for the forseeable future.
I will be spending the summer teaching Shakespeare at First Stage. It was the place that taught me to love and appreciate theatre, and I'm so pleased to be back to pay that experience forward for the next generation of fearless leaders, innovative thinkers, and passionate artists.
Then, this autumn, I'll be making my debut at Skylight Music Theater, playing the title role in the Milwaukee premiere of Violet! Details to follow, but look for a preview at Skylight Night on June 18th!
After an intense three weeks at the Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshop, I am proud to say I am now SAFD certified in theatrical firearms, passed my SPT in knife, received a recommended pass (yippee!) in Quarterstaff, and am currently awaiting feedback on DAI Level 1 certification in single sword and rapier/dagger. It was a crazy time. I learned lots, grew adamantly fond of one Basil Rathbone (Can you blame me?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSNGeazCW6I), learned some terrific new games, and met some really interesting and terrific people.