Pace University Graduation at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 2016!!!
The ASDS Rose Ceremony was held on the last night of our 2016 Repertory season. We each received a rose from our faculty and were treated to empowering speeches by Ellen Burstyn, co- president of The Actors Studio; and our Dean Emeritus, James Lipton.
"Come to the edge, and we flew"
Thank you for a life changing 3 years.
Getting to this final bow was one of the most intense, stressful and rewarding periods of my life. After some confusion or difficulty, we were presented with Less Than the Number 3 as our new thesis, 24 days before it was set to be staged. Jeff Gorcyca, Alanna Dorsett and I worked tirelessly to put together a production worthy of the incredible script we were presented with. Bezachin Jifar is an ASDS alum and we wanted to make sure we did him proud, even with the limited time. While others had months to put together their productions, we used our three weeks completely and I couldn't be more proud of our finished production. Photos by Scott Wynn Photography.
Our industry showcase was held on March 14 at The Actors Studio on W44th St in Manhattan. It was a complete honor and dream com true to work on that legendary stage for the first time, and hopefully not the last. Im very grateful to my partner Melanie Peterson for working alongside me on 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball. Now on to Repertory Season!!!
I am super excited to be part of the premiere staged reading of a new full length play by Julia Rae Maldonado called "Little Machine". It features an all star cast and it assures laughs and an adventure for all! (Although I wouldn't recommend it for little ones).
Come join us!
I am so honored to be participating in our Cohort 17 Industry Showcase held at the prestigious Actors Studio, located on W44th St. in New York City on MARCH 14! I could not be prouder of my class and all the passion, love, and hard work that has been poured into our 3 years at ASDS. We are all so excited to share our work with you! Finally!
"October 8th with the Time Warner/Turner/HBO group. We just wanted to let you know your film, "Beautifully Something," by Team Ladies' Knight, was selected! Congratulations!"- Asian American Film Lab Inc.
Not only were we one of only 10 films to be selected, but we were recently honored to be featured in their advertising for their 2015 Film Festival focusing on Beauty and Diversity.
Well, we did it! We managed to stage our first full production as a new company, and I am so thrilled with what has been accomplished. Road blocks were hit, and overcome, lessons were learned, and many great new connections were forged. It is by far the largest endeavor that I personally, have ever taken on. Being a producer is incredibly challenging but rewarding work and I am excited to continue exploring this new position and all the joys it has to offer.
As an Actor, the role of Iago is the stuff dreams are made of. It was an utter privilege to revel in his diabolical nature and wreak havoc on everyone around me. It was a complete joy to not only get back into Shakespeare's universe, but to do so through the mind of one of my favorite characters of all time. "But who's he that says I play the villain?"
Special thanks to my production team for their tremendous hard work and follow through. It was truly a team effort. And to all our supporters, both on Indiegogo and in the theatre, we could not have done it without you!
We are having a BLAST so far working on Othello! Rehearsals have begun, our cast is complete, we have 10 MAGICAL DAYS LEFT on our Indiegogo Campaign, and we are LOVING what we do. We are so blessed to be able to make art together, and as actors, to share it with a wonderful and receptive audience! We so hope you love it!
Also! Goats and Monkeys. Enjoy!
GAH!! I am overflowing with love and excitement for my newest project! I am so proud to announce that along with some of my dearest friends, I have co-founded a new production company, Blue Shirt Productions!
We are kicking off our first season with Shakespeare's Othello! Because we are a new company, finding the startup funds has proven to be a significant challenge, but to that we say: Bring it on!
We have recently launched our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for our first production, so far the results have far exceeded our hopes and dreams and we are so excited to see how much we can still raise!
Thank you to all our generous friends and family for helping to make this flagship show a possibility, we cant wait to share it with you! Support and share if you can! Thank you!
What an honor it has been to participate in this years 72 Hour Film Shootout hosted by the Asian American Film Lab, with a team of wonderful and talented ladies from The Actor's Studio Drama School. My love of Production is only second to my love of acting. There is nothing more exciting than watching a concept move from idea- to finished product; and in 72 hours? we could not be more proud of the result.
Our film, Beautifully Something, seeks to comment on the way media, culture, and society stigmatizes women, and confines us to a tiny window of what is considered "Beautiful". The theme of the 11th annual 72 hour shootout was "Two Faces", which lent itself perfectly to our message. The face we present to the world to seek approval, and the face we are born with.
We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!
I'm playing a little catch up here, as the past semester has been just INCREDIBLY busy. But I couldn't be more grateful.
This past semester, I was honored to work with my friend Bobby Mittelstadt on "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz.
Working on Brooke Wyeth, I was able to access new depths in myself that were both devastating and beautiful. Once again i have been reminded of the complexity of our craft, and the deep love one must have for it in order to persevere.
I'm so excited to announce that I will be working on Shane Cherry's new work "Chasing Heroes" at The Manhattan Repertory Theatre's New Works Summer Series! (Man, thats a mouthful!)
I will be playing the role of Mary, in a touching story about two college aged men, reflecting on a very complex relationship.
I really love the story and cant wait to share it with everyone!
Woo New York Theatre Debut!
I am happy to report that I have just finished my first scene festival at The Actors Studio Drama School, where I was privileged to work on William Inge's "The Dark at the Top of thee Stairs." I was thrilled to work on the character of Lottie Lacey for the piece. I am enjoying taking the opportunity in the program, to work on characters whom I might not be considered for out in the real world of theatre. Lottie, being 37 and overweight, is not exactly within my range as an actor; but I had the most enjoyable experience with her. She is vivacious and bright with a tormented inner life and a broken heart, and playing her in festival was an excellent learning experience for me.