Walking on Water's New Original Works - a festival of musical staged readings -
WoW's NoW is a new program dedicated to discovering, exploring, and celebrating new works of musical theatre by New York State-based writers with Tompkins County artists and audiences.
Our inaugural WoW's NoW festival will present staged readings of three musicals in development. I'll be directing Something Blue!
SOMETHING BLUE by Gordon Leary & Julia Meinwald Directed by Sarah Plotin, Music Directed by Jeremy Pletter Featuring Hannah Avery, Seamus Buxton, and Paul Morgan
Casey and Joelle fell in love when they moved back to their hometown as adults, and they’re getting married tomorrow. They’ve navigated the families, flowers, and fittings to have the simple, easy wedding they’ve always wanted. But when Casey’s ex-boyfriend Geoff shows up at the hotel, things can’t stay so simple. Geoff befriends Joelle and reconnects with Casey, and what has long stayed unspoken begins to surface. They must confront their expectations, hopes, and histories to find the limits and the possibilities of love and marriage.
November 4-20, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm
Come exercise your creative muscles at Ithaca’s first-ever Artist Gym!
Artist Gym is an innovative workshop series that uses arts-based exercises to inspire creative connection. We’ll move, improvise, write, and tell each other stories in a fun, supportive environment. Everyone is welcome! You’ll meet new people and leave feeling invigorated and refreshed.
This session explores… exploration! How do we come to know ourselves and the world around us? Enrollment is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to let us know you plan to come. There's no fee, but donations will be welcome.
Date: Saturday, November 12 Time: 1-4pm Location: 5Sisters, 119 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca Cost: Sliding scale donation-based
I'm thrilled to be teaching a class for teens and adults at CSMA in Ithaca starting November 3rd!
Movement can be expressive and freeing, but often we get stuck in the same ways of moving day in and day out. In this class we’ll explore and expand our movement vocabulary as a way to express ourselves and connect with others. We’ll explore storytelling through physical improvisation, dance, gesture work and more. This is a self-directed class and open to all levels, no previous movement experience needed.
November 3rd - December 15th (no class November 24th) 6:30-8:00pm Location: Community School of Music and Art Ages: Teen / Adult
Imagine That: 4-6 year olds Children will learn and understand storytelling, art, movement and music concepts through guided creative drama. Children develop their imaginations while building confidence and group skills.
Theater Buffet: 7-11 year olds Comedy, tragedy, puppetry, masks, improv, and more. Get to know and explore a different theatrical genre each week. With something for everyone, this class introduces different ways of making theatre, letting everyone find what it is about theatre that catches their eye.
How does climate change affect our daily lives and communities? How can we use art to raise awareness on the climate crisis, and spark dialogue on climate justice?
Join me for a Youth Artist Project with Urbano exploring climate justice, theater, performance, storytelling, and activism. Climate Justice (CJ) looks at the climate crisis through the lens of equality and human rights as a social justice issue. It means finding solutions to the climate crisis that create a more equitable, just, and sustainable world. Through interview theater and other performance-based practices, we will amplify stories of climate justice and learn how climate change is directly affecting our communities. Using interviews, improvisation, movement, and writing prompts, Youth Artists will create artwork that celebrates recent progress in climate justice and sparks dialogue and action about the ongoing issues of the climate crisis.
Session Dates: July 21 – August 18, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-6:00PM Egleston Square Public Library in Boston
Youth Artists are paid and all art materials will be provided! No previous theater or art experience is required. Youth ages 14-23 living in and around Boston are welcome to apply. Youth Artists must commit to attending all sessions.
She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
May 20th-22nd, 2022 Produced by Arlington Children's Theatre Presented at Mankiw Theater @ Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall 785 Beaver Street Waltham, Massachusetts 02452
Join me at the Jackson Mann Community Center in Allston/Brighton in April where I'll be facilitating a Play Reading Book Club for Burgerz! Over the course of several weeks we will read the play, discuss the text, see the live performance, and be treated to a private reception with the artists.
ABOUT THE PLAY: After transphobic slurs—and a hamburger—are thrown at theatre artist Travis Alabanza, a newfound passion is ignited. They became obsessed with hamburgers: How they are made. How they feel and smell. How they travel through the air. How the mayonnaise feels on your skin.
Burgerz is the climax of that obsession, exploring how trans bodies survive and how—by reclaiming an act of violence—we can all address our own complicity. Carving out a place for themselves as one of the UK’s prominent trans voices, Alabanza presents a performance that is powerful, hilarious, unsettling, and timely.
ABOUT THE PLAY READING BOOK CLUB: ArtsEmerson’s Play Reading Book Club (PRBC) is a dynamic theatre literacy and community education program that provides unique and radical access to scripts, artists, and conversations within the theatre.
Join myself and Dana Edell this spring for Kol Isha, an arts-based collective that offers a brave space for Jewish girls, non-binary and gender non-conforming teenagers to explore the intersections of racism, sexism and antisemitism in our lives. Together, through performance, we will address the urgent issues impacting our communities!
The project will meet twice a week at Temple Israel in Boston this May and June. Specific dates and times to be determined. Space is limited and we will let folks know on a rolling basis until we're all filled.
Join us as we study this new musical based on the life of legendary, South African singer and activist, Miriam Makeba. Written and performed by GRAMMY-nominated music sensation Somi Kakoma, Dreaming Zenzile takes us to Makeba’s final concert where she delivers the performance of her life, raising the conscience and the consciousness of a people.
Over the course of 3-5 weeks we will read, dissect and discuss the musical, guided by ArtsEmerson’s trained teaching artists, in preparation to see the live performance at the Emerson Paramount Center. This is a great opportunity to expand your theatergoing experience while meeting new people and extending your social and cultural networks!
ArtsEmerson’s Play Reading Book Club (PRBC) is a dynamic theatre literacy and community education program that provides unique and radical access to scripts, artists, and conversations within the theatre.