A brief synopsis of my spring:
- The SFUSD Arts Festival and Literary Arts Contest was a great success this year. The Asian Art museum hosted and I curated the Lit Fest. This year I went to each of the schools and audio recorded the winning students reading their piece. It added a lot of extra time, but the payoff was so worth it--getting to connect with each student personally before the awards ceremony. I am once again reminded how not only can writing save lives, but public commendation of writing at a young age can alter the course of a life.
- I completed my 10th (!!) year teaching the drama-integration program at White Hill Middle School. Leading every 8th grader through the process of writing and performing a monologue about the Civil War--It never gets old. There are always several students and monologues that blow my mind and give me hope in the future of the human race.
- "dark is a different beast" was an official selection at the Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival!! I went for the screening! It was a great experience. I have to say, my social networking skills were not where I wish they would've been that weekend. But I'm happy and thrilled to have been selected and had a screening in Seattle.
- Great Plains Theatre Conference!! Year 6!! So much! So much!! I can't summarize it at all it is just too big. I am continually grateful to be a part of this amazing conference. I organized the Fringe Night for the 4th year and worked with some amazing people. Met so many awesome artists. Re-connected with many more. Sigh. Omaha, you have my heart.
- New Ochlos work being devised with Carol Ellis. Topic is still strictly under wraps (is that the phrase?) but I'm excited to dig in. We've had a few very cool brainstorm sessions and devising homework.
- John Muir Trail!!! I will refrain from posting the insane picture of the blister I got on the Wonderland Trail last year...even though it is so crazy, I wish I had less restraint. But this year I am looking forward to healthier feet and just as much amazement.
- Mia Morris and Kim Gambino are coming to the Bay and I'm hoping to work a bit more on "Cloud-Shaped Heart" while they are here. And laugh a lot. I'm sure we will do that.
This is her on the quilt I made her.
I named her Storm.