I’m in Montpelier, doing what I love for my job. April Fools’ Day marked the 4 year anniversary of having no day jobs. My singular day job was a few months at Starbucks, after my contract with New York Circus Arts ended and before I got a job offer from Theater of the American South.
When I’m not acting, I clown and coach and model – I’m always creatively engaged. Last year I did three major out of town projects on my own and two tours with Doppelskope. This year I got rave reviews for King Executioner at Theatre for the New City, slowly grew an underground NYC following with Doppelskope, and booked two summer gigs.
Both of these are favorite shows of mine that I get to do again – playing different characters! I’m playing the other track in Irma Vep, which is a fascinating experience. I can now say that I’ve played every character! And after Irma closes I’ll go on to my second Midsummer, this one at the Millbrook Playhouse. I played Demetrius two summers ago at Lost Nation, and this time I’ll be playing Theseus and Oberon!
There were a lot of exclamation marks in that paragraph. I’ll delete none of them.
I’m so grateful that I get to keep experimenting and pushing the boundaries of clown and theatre with Doppelskope. I’m so grateful that I can take my experiences working with the Jim Henson Company on X-Tink-Shun and use them in my new puppet projects. I'm so grateful for the communities I've found in the underground clown, theatre and puppetry scenes of NYC - and that I can explore the world and come back to them.
And again, I get to experience these feelings in Montpelier, surrounded by trees and mountains, sore from the gym, from the chiropractor and sore from picking up Eric in every conceivable way. These are all good hurts. I’m surrounded by great people here – and it’s a small town, like the one I grew up in. I get to walk everywhere. I get to feel like I’m home.
Woo hoo! Did I express gratitude?