Last year began my journey with the Baron’s Men Summer Youth Workshop. Over the course of a week, I laughed, cried, and learned so much from our incredibly talented young actors. That experience, in fact, was so transformative that I have spent the past year pursuing my Texas teaching certification and will begin teaching public school this fall. I eagerly await meeting our new batch of campers and seeing what they will do with yet another cut of some of Shakespeare’s most iconic, entertaining, and heart-wrenching scenes.
The Curtain Theatre serves as the ideal space to develop excitement for and knowledge of early modern theatre. The brand of dramatic storytelling that permeates theatre, film, television, and all media today began in a setting very similar to what has been recreated there. As an actor with The Baron’s Men in Measure for Measure, Doctor Faustus, and As You LIke It, I have come to understand and appreciate more about my art through the experience of working on that magical stage. And last year, it was an honor to watch a new generation find themselves as artists on its boards.
For our new young Shakespeareans and their families, a bit more information about myself: I have been acting in the greater Austin area for about 25 years and specialize in Shakespeare and classical theatre, musical theatre, and stage movement. I can empathize with the theatre camp experience, as I am a veteran of six summers of study at the renowned Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in Loch Sheldrake, NY. Additionally, I hold a Bachelors in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Early Modern British Architecture (like the Globe Theatre!) from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England.
As a newcomer to the Baron’s Men, I am thrilled to be a part of this year’s Summer Youth Workshop. Last July, I had the pleasure of attending the performance, and I was not only charmed by the level of promising talent on display, but also impressed with what the participants were able to put together in only a week’s time.
This season is sure to be a lot of fun as we delve into some classic Shakespearean scenes and explore various characters and performance strategies. We will hear from experienced professionals who have “been there before” and can shed some valuable insight into what makes a successful cast member and, ultimately, a quality production. We also look forward to involving the young campers as much as possible in making their own critical decisions about characters, their unique delivery of lines, and transitions within and between scenes.
A little information about myself: Recently, I performed at the Curtain Theater in the Baron’s Men’s spring production of As You Like It, playing Charles, the wrestler, and contributing guitar and vocal arrangements to several of the scenes. Currently, I am acquiring my teaching certification through Texas Teachers and working for an education company. I graduated summa cum laude from Texas State University in 2007, majoring in English with a focus in creative writing.
We look forward to seeing you at our Summer Youth Workshop beginning July 10, 2017!