It's hard to know how to encapsulate it all in one, succinct blog post.
I'll use lots of pictures to try to make it interesting.
First off, I started teaching full time at Ring Mountain Day School in Marin.
I taught K-8 drama AND art and directed the all-school play. It was (and is) an incredibly rewarding and educational experience with some of the best colleagues on the face of the planet. Mostly because they still want to work with me after being introduced to my Kansas childhood delicacy, Beer Butt Chicken (I was told that's the proper way to talk about it in polite company), and my interpretive dance skills.
In Art-Land...Wonderful Things are Shaping Up.
Enter, China Tamblyn.
China and I know each other from working with youth theater. After a few years of producing kids' shows, we realized we really liked each other on a personal level. And then I found out China is this bad-ass welder/sculptor/artist and I approached her about working together on something. She read a couple scripts and liked "dark." We applied for and got the Theater Bay Area CA$H Grant (whoop whooop). 6NewPlays had already received an organization-wide grant from the Venturous Fund that will help fund my piece. The wonderful Puffin Foundation West, who first funded this project back in 2012, has also offered additional support. And you will probably be hit up soon with a Kickstarter campaign. So--it's for real!
I couldn't be more excited about the creative team that is shaping up. I won't post anything official until I've got it all down in writing, but let's just say, I feel like I'm going to be in heaven, surrounded by a bunch of amazing artists.
One of whom, is Heather Helinsky, from GPTC....
Have I ever Mentioned how much i love gPTC??
GPTC was again, filled with amazing work. Despite a nasty bout of strep throat (that allowed me to experience the compassion of the Charles Drew Health Center in Omaha), I had an awesome week.
I produced the 6th Annual Fringe Night in this amazing old theater, 40th Street Theater.
I wanted to perform a piece about the San Quentin execution chamber.
I asked if they had a gurney.
They had 4.
This one is from a 1935 psychiatric hospital with matching lamp.*