Happy Wednesday!

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I promised you a dance video for last Friday, but I figured I need to keep the 2015 tradition going and post it on opening night! That’s right, I get to perform for the next two night in Project Y’s New York New Playwrights Festival. So if you’re in Chelsea tonight come on down, #ParityPlays starts at 8:30!!

Ciao

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My Second Family

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I have been so fortunate, thus far, to have been involved in a project or production since the first of the year. With this momentum, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with such beautiful people in talent, spirit, and joy. I think what appeals to me so much about the theatre, are the comrades I interact with along the way. I have been unable to post the many photos I have taken behind the scenes since The Fire This Time Festival, and I thought it would be a great post to publish today in light of Private Lives’ closing on Sunday.

I have had oodles of fun with each person you see in these photos and my heart has a place for each and every one of them. You see, they are not just cast mates and co-collaborators, they are my friends.

This photo collage includes photos from Cafe Le Monde, Private Lives and reunions with cast members from The Fire This Time Festival and Ivanov.

Ciao 🙂

Marching To The Beat of My Own Drum

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It has taking me a while to settle on a theme for the month of March, but by George!, I’ve finally found one. On the first of many picturesque March days to come this past Sunday, I realized that it was time to do something that I really liked and needed. Live theatre! There really is nothing like it, from the box office, to the anticipation before the curtain, to the performance itself, nothing gets my heart pumping like good theatre. Exiting Roundabout, where I had just seen “Little Children Dreaming of a Lesser God,” I realized that I’m giving myself permission to be a little selfish with my time this month. Going to plays, pampering myself, focusing on what is good for me in terms of spiritual, physical, emotional and professional well-being is a great way to close out winter and say “Hello” to cheery springtime weather.

I firmly decided to take a quick vacation down South, to spend time with my family, I’m going to start taking ballet classes again, do a little something fun with my look, and continue to focus on my faith and fitness. (Fierce February really got me into some good habits). I am excited to see what the next few weeks will bring and with the March thaw, I intend to continue my love of self, the city, and all of the adventures that await me down the road.

Ciao 🙂

Can A Girl Get Some Help?

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Hi everybody!

So the month of July has arrived, (nice and toasty) and I’m reaching out to my social media family to ask for a little help. As you may know, I am a young actress trying to make a name for myself in the Big Apple; if you’re in the area come and support my next project “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” being performed downtown in First Street Green Park. Click here to get more information about the cast, Quirky Productions and ticket information.

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Shakespeare, and live theatre not your thing? Too far away to see me in person? No sweat! I’ve also been cast in a film short, “Poems Only,” that will film later this summer, if we can get great people, like YOU, to help us raise funds for the equipment and filming costs needed to get this project off the ground and off to film festivals. Click here, to visit the indiegogo page to get more information and donate any amount you can, to support young filmmakers and the next generation of American cinema!10463872_10201915233234219_6961569508892864971_n

“New York Dreaming” may be my journey, but what is a journey without a little help along the way? Send this post along to any and all who would like to support by seeing live theatre, or being an integral part in the production of a new film.

Ciao 🙂

Behind the Scenes Photo Diary

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Hi Everybody!
So today is tech, dress, run, opening and closing night for the Messiah Complex by Nia Witherspoon in the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival! Be sure to check back through out the day for videos and photos posted on my Instagram feed!!! Busy Saturday ahead 🙂

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Update: April 6, 2014

Well the whirlwind which was Messiah Complex has come to an end. The audition, rehearsals, tech and final performance could easily be described as a roller coaster, anchored by an incredible script and strong actors, this show, I believe, was able to take the audience on an emotional journey which left many dabbing their eyes and rising from their seats at its conclusion. At the cast get-together following the performance, I was able to chat with my cast members, as well as the playwright, and other audience members about the show and my contribution to the story.

It is always surprisingly over whelming and uplifting to hear someone give such specific criticism and praise about my work on stage. I’m not saying this as a backhanded compliment or bragging about my accomplishments, but it definitely reinforces the idea that you have no idea what you bring to the table until an outside eye tells you. Hearing words about my simplicity, effortlessness, and ability to just be were thrilling to hear, since that is something I always strive to accomplish in my work. Hearing not from just one person, but also from the playwright herself was extremely rewarding and the cherry on an epic night and experience.

In case you missed the Instagram photo diary I live posted yesterday, you will find all of the photos I took below. But to watch the short video posts, head on over to handle “dramagirl07” at Instagram to check them out!

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Wordy Wednesday

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Imagine yourself…

hearing the sound of rubber brushing the tarmac as flights take-off and land.

seeing the gorgeous New York City skyline, clear as day, as gulls skim the water for the meal.

being able to see all of your friends and loved ones after having made a long trip to see you.

not having to worry about what to wear, eat, or drink, how to pass the hours of your day, and wondering if you’ll be able to get a full night’s sleep.

Now imagine yourself at Riker’s Island.

For the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of honing my teaching artist skills and carrying the Adler ambassador name working alongside Tommy on Riker’s Island. Let me tell you that there is never a dull day over there, and I am learning more about myself with each bus ride over the bridge. I have to admit that I am very honored to have been chosen to assist in Adler Outreach’s pilot program with East River Academy, (the school district placed at the prison for those inmates wishing to earn their GED while behind bars) and that the students are definitely giving me a run for my money, in a good way.

When you think of Riker’s Island, you may immediately think of “Law & Order,” (at least I did) and the connotations that went along with the place whenever Briscoe uttered the words, “Well you’ll have plenty of time to think over at Riker’s.” As with all penitentiaries, there is this mystery, a genuine curiosity for those “outsiders” who want to take a peek inside. And to those of you who feel that way, I strongly ask you to reflect on your reasoning for that attitude. Each week that I have been out there, I go through a myriad of emotions, scaling from doubt, to pride, to joy, to excitement, to sorrow, to confusion, to sympathy, to questioning. The boys and young men who choose to attend these classes, are just that boys and young, who have made choices in their lives which landed them in this place. But to see their eyes brighten when we walk into the classroom, or hear one ask as they sit down “Are we writing another play today?” brings their humanity to the forefront and as we work together bringing scenes and monologues to life, using their words to write them, the classroom can turn into one of those jet planes you hear across the river at the LaGuardia Airport, as the guys’ words transport us to 1950s New York City, Washington DC after Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” and into the kitchens of a fictional mother and son.

While I am still trying to discern my feelings about these boys, the place they now call a temporary home, and the snapshots I see of what their lives are like once we board the Q100 for home, I look forward to the early alarm clock every Friday morning, and hope that it will be a good day filled with creative fervor and possibly, a few smiles.

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Night of Power

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“Night of Power” was definitely an amazing experience for me. It stretched and challenged me in so many ways, and opened my eyes to the well of skills and talents I have been blessed with. The playwright, director, actors and production crew were the sweetest and I learned so much from them and because of them. Just another example of why I love doing what I do!