Friday, April 18, 2014

Always be Networking

Here is a story of why you should always be networking. I was eating lunch in a downtown restaurant a couple weeks ago and reading a Shakespeare play preparing myself for a directing interview. Halfway through my meal my waitress asked my why I was reading Shakespeare - whether I was taking a class or something. 

I asked her if she was an actress. She said she was so I told her about my up upcoming interview. She wished me luck and moved on to her other tables.

When she brought the check I left a bigger tip to support a fellow struggling artist - but I also left her my business card and a note to feel free to email me her headshot and resume. I debated in my head for a while whether or not I should do this, but I figured, what could it hurt.

A couple weeks later I did get an email from her and it turns out that she has training in Red Nose Clowning and is currently rehearsing a clown show. Now clowning is a hot commodity that I hope for in any actor who comes through my audition room so this was a very fortuitous connection to have made.

Now this may never work out for any work relationship or anything like that. But the networking worked. I found a new actress that will definitely call in should the right opportunity arise. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Artist Profile: Jessie Mutz (Pinocchio)

What are you excited about for "Geppetto"?
The story, Stephen's take on the story, the delightful character of Pinocchio, the challenge of the project, the opportunity to PLAY, working with these talented artists, sharing an experience with an audience, getting physical, clown, mask, puppets . . .

What's the craziest thing you've ever done on stage?
I've tried naturalistic acting more than once.  That's pretty nuts.  Honorable mention: painting my body black and white and running around in my underwear, portraying the throat chakra.

What is your definition of clown?
Unfiltered impulse and vulnerability; seeing with the eyes of a child.  The clown has the potential for anything -- the highs and lows of what humans are capable of.  She is a survivor.

What's in your blue trunk?
Sunshine and cranberry juice!

What are you hiding behind your Mask?
That's for you to wonder and me to find out.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Artist Profile: Rachelle "Rocky" Kolecke

      What are you excited about “Geppetto?”
      We all have either read the story in school, or have had the story told to us by mom or dad or a grandparent perhaps. I think this story will always resonate with people because we are always searching for what's real. What is exciting to me is getting to be a part of telling this specific story. Whether you've heard the classic once, twice or fifty times, this will be your first time hearing our story. I know your going to love it as much as I do.

      What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on stage?
      When I'm not stage managing I'm designing props and Puppets for all kinds of Theatres. The coolest thing I got build was a magic box that mysteriously revealed a nutcracker doll for a adaptation of The Nutcracker. If you have ever tried to do a magic trick for someone and thought it was hard, try creating and teaching and actor to do it in front of 300 people was very cool.
      The puppet I am most proud of is the one I recently designed for the Metropolis preforming Arts Center's A Christmas Carol. I had the pleasure of turning a six foot two inch actor into a 12 foot "dementor" Ghost of Christmas Future! His face even light up a scary red. The kids loved it!

      What is your definition of clown?
      If you asked me that as a kid I would have said that thing that was going to eat me in the middle of the night. I never had a fondness for clowns. Like a lot of kids I thought they were creepy and scary.

      What is your favorite thing about working with Ghostlight?
      This is my first production with Ghostlight. My favorite thing so far has to be reconnecting with our director after having worked with him briefly seven years ago. Time has gone so fast, but here we are still passionate about what we do.

      What’s in your blue trunk?
      When I'm propping a show I sometimes hide a funny photo during tech on the set somewhere and wait and see how long it takes for someone to notice.

      What are you hiding behind your Mask/Red Nose?
      I used to do musical theatre in my previous life.