"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." ~T.S. Eliot

"You were once wild here, don't let them tame you!" ~Isadora Duncan

"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself." ~Andre Gide

"Follow your bliss!" ~J. Campbell ... and my folks!

"The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting." ~Andy Warhol

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." ~Nelson Mandela

"...open and expanding like an unfinished book..." ~Quote from a friend, Travis Judd

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~Nelson Mandela

"The capacity to be puzzled is ... the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science." ~Erich Fromm

"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." ~Mae West

"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it." ~Augusto Boal

Thursday, December 29, 2011

More Mask Info

Got 15 in progress now, that's only 27 more to start - and 42 to finish, NOne have been painted yet.
Back aches.
Made 3 while I was in MD for Xmas with my two nieces!
Good times.
More to make.
Get movin' M!

NOt ENOugh Posts

Oh well, I've NOt really done much posting this month ... such is life.
I will have posted every month since I started it ... so I suppose it's NOt a total fail.
Ha ha ha...
NOt sure what this has turned out to be ... but there you have it.
13 more days until the year will have come full circle ... what the hell have I done in that full year?
NOt a whole hell of a lot.
Gotta find a way to get the projects I WANT TO DO, up and running for real - but how?  Where is my business manager?  Where's my agent?  Where's my ... I don't know ... gotta get some grants or something 'cause this is nucking futs!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


43 Masks in one show.
1 Mask was purchased.
1 Mask will be more of a head dress.
42 Masks to be made by me.
7 are well on their way.
1 is "done" - well the construction is done, it still needs to be painted and the elastic attached.

So many more to go!

Will they all get made or will I cave?

Only time will tell!
(But I really want'em, so I'm gonna keep on keepin' on!!!)

My back hurts.  ;o)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mask Mask Mask Mask ...

Masks for the show, so ... I'm sure I can do it (though it will take a lot of my time - no more sitting around watching the telly and doing nothing, ha ha ha)!  I've got three half-way there, and once I know how to do them in full - including roughly how long each one will take - I can start to designate time during rehearsals for kids (or whoever) to do the second layering of paper mache, and then the painting too - which should be fairly easy as I want all the Chorus Masks to look grey'ish, like marble.

And that, and rehearsal is what I did today!


Monday, December 19, 2011


Got my last Drama Kids class, before the Christmas Break, today.

Working on the MS Play.  Going to get more mask making supplies today 'cause if I'm going to have them - and I am going to have them - then I need to make them!!!  OH MY!  There's only a little over a month until the performance ... YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, for the moment, that's all.

ps...how on earth did it become December 19th already???

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Application of the Day - perhaps the whole blog...

Dun dun dunnnnnnnn....

Ok folks, I've actually applied for a Professor's job at Southern Oregon University as Assistant Professor/Theatre Arts.

Who knows if I'll get a response but I feel good about actually submitting myself!  :o)  Hey, you never know!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2nd Application for the Day

WHAT???!!!  I'm on a roll.  It's a kaiser.

AT any rate, this one is actually late as the deadline was slightly over a month ago ... but I figured if I had the info and they hadn't found anyone yet I might as well send it along.  What could it hurt?!  ;o)

This was also an AEA SM Position, with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre.

We'll see.

Application Sent (WHAT??? U Heard Me!)

Officially emailed off an AEA SM application to The Theatre at Monmouth (which is in Maine) for their summer season!  We'll see what happens.


Professor Jobs

The good news is that I found a wicked site that lists TONS of Professor / Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Adjunct Professor (etc...) jobs that are currently open and accepting applications.

The hard thing is that many of them require lots of credible teaching experience, and all of mine is with Highs School age - or younger - kids.  Does this count?  Well yes, but does it count on a collegiate level? So I ask you, how does one get the experience when the experience is required to get the experience?  If you understood that - good on you - and if you both understood it and have an answer/recommendation PLEASE GIVE IT!

*I have an idea, that I could write up something regarding my lack of college level experience but what all my other assets bring ... being equal too ... etc...does that make sense?

And when they ask for a teaching philosophy - still haven't formulated one that really sounds like me and sounds GOOD.

And what if they ask for a sample syllabus ... do I create a "model" one and submit it ... ???

Oiy ... the application process is NO fun, not really!

At any rate, I've got a slew of places I can submit myself too and see what happens.

Go Big or Go Home Mags!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Stuff and Things

Working Drama Kids this week, it's our last week of classes before the Holidays ... so the attention spans are "super", hahaha!  And we're polishing up the mid-year parent presentation pieces.

Rehearsals for Circus Olympus are going well.  We've got the intro blocked, part of the Demeter myth blocked and most of the King Midas myth blocked.  Of course things will ebb and flow and change between now and the performance ... it's going well.  :o)

And really, for the moment that's all.  I'm not sure when the last time I actually submitted myself for another gig occurred ... I should get on that!  And ya know what, I can do just that tomorrow.  After I plan my afternoon rehearsal that is.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mask Making

I spent a portion of my day today beginning - with my Aunt - to create some proto-type masks for our show.  We're each attempting a different style Greek Chorus Half Mask.  :o)  Good times.  I always forget how much fun it is to do "arts and crafts" ... to make masks!  Even if it is hard work that takes fairly long hours.  At any rate, I'm confident we can do the 9 masks I "need" and I'm even fairly confident that we'll be able to get the whole cast (yes that's 38 Kiddos) in Greek Chorus Masks!  Woot woot!!!

And that's all ... theatrically speaking ... gotta work on the rehearsal schedule for this coming week now.  Peace out ya'll!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Go Big or Go Home

In college one of my professors said "the bigger the risk the bigger the reward", something I'd heard before but perhaps I had never pinned it to directing.

With my actors - be it a student or adult - I always ask them to "go the whole hog", go BIG - potentially over do it - because it is easier to pair some one back (you know you can pull them back) than it is to "make" them bigger (if they over do it you know you can rein them in, but if they only do a little you'll never know if you can get them to go bigger or give more).

Right, what's my point here you ask?  Well, it's that I pretty much always GO BIG NOW!  I mean I strive the most so that I have places to go when I find out 'what I want I might not be able to have'.

At the moment it is manifesting itself in the form of a million (ok not a million but 42) masks, all of which I will have to make.  YIPES.  Always making more work for myself, ha ha ha ... but it's not just for me and my desire to use masks (and a lot of them, heck it's Greek theatre and Chorus Masks...mostly), but also for the kids.  What Middle School student uses masks - in such rural areas where they know almost nothing about theatre to begin with???

So I'm going big ... not yet going home ... we'll see if I have to pair down my masks or not.  :)

Anyhoo...there you have it!

Back to planning today's rehearsal.

Proctors Update

So following up with the Proctors Media Works possibility was a good idea, at least to settle my mind.  :) I found out that the individual who'd called me has been under the weather and hasn't yet contacted my references ... so ... we'll see what happens, but it's nice to know that it is still 'in the works'.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Theatre Stuff

Drama Kids Tonight.
Working on MS Play stuff's right NOw.
Me thinks that will be all for today ... but who knows for sure, it is only noon.

I've sent a follow up email to the guy at Proctors regarding the Media Works program, but haven't heard back from him yet ... so ... who knows what will happen with that.  Crossing my fingers still.

And ... waiting to hear if Cap Rep will use me for their summer program this summer.  I know that the education coordinator put my name in the hat for the Teaching Artists job, so ... we'll see.

I really want a REAL job!  I need to get my own place.  I need to feel like life is moving forward again, instead of STILL standing still!  You know, FEEL LIKE A BLOODY ADULT AGAIN!  Like I have a life.  Blahhhhhh.....

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Today, Circus Olympus rehearsal.
Good stuff - blocked the intro and began to block the first myth, having talked through characters/acting & reacting/motivation ... the mask work is going to take some time to get down, but I think it's gonna rock!!!

And that is all.  For now.  Ya know, like always.  :)

PS...and on a totally different NOte...why can't the boy simply chose me, just once...rather than being yet another NO in my life.  Sigh.  Oh well.  Shut up M.  Ok.  Great now I'm talking to myself on this blog...ha ha ha!  Done!


Yesterday, Drama Kids.
And getting a script to my Costume Designer for the MS Play.
And that is all.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

No Post.

And just like that I am several days behind ... ah December ... !

Friday I went to see "Fat Ram" at SUNY New Paltz, as a chaperone with the HS Drama Club and saw two of my former professors!  :o)  The show used some great puppetry too!

Made this weeks rehearsal schedule ... balanced out with my Drama Kid classes and the 24 Hours at the weekend.

And I'm now considering ... yes I know I am totally crazy ... all the kids in my MS Play to be in Greek Chorus Masks at the top of the show.  That's 38 masks yo!  Oiy ... we'll see what happens.

And that is all.  For now.  Yeah.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Part of the reason that I started this blog was because I thought if I collected "data" on all the places I apply too, and all the ways I get told NO, that I might be able to create a funny book.  Now I'm not so sure, mostly because life gets and so it feels like I haven't really applied to all that many places over the past year - which is and isn't true.

Then the blog also became a kind of "theatre work / job application etc." commentary for me - the 365 days part.  And I just looked at the total tally of posts, 265, and I'm about 42 days from the full circle which means I certainly didn't post every day.  Hmmm...not sure this means anything, but there you have it!

24 Hour Theatre Round #5

Saaaaa-weet ya'll, GCS HS is where we are having our 5th 24 Hour Theatre round!

Working on the MS Play.

Drama Kids tonight.

For now, me thinks that is all!  ;o)

Oh wait, Welcome December (stay away SNOW, ha ha h)!