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Ivey! Ivey! Ivey!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Ivey Awards were last month so I’m way late on this headline but I figured, “hey, it’s still news worthy right?”  RIGHT? Right.

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So for those of you who don’t know, the Ivey Awards are the theatre awards given out to honor live, professional theatre in the Twin Cities but unlike the Tony Awards (or any other equivalent ceremonies), there are no nominees and nobody knows the winner of each category until… right… when… it’s… announced. The system is certainly unique and has its critics, but I found it to prevail in the core message of there are no winners or losers, just one big happy family of extremely devoted and ferocious artists. As for Diana and I’s place in that family, we may be knew, but we were soaking it up like nobody’s business with the Girl Friday crew representing our show from the summer, The Matchmaker. No, we didn’t win anything, but remember… it’s not about that 🙂

The Matchmaker (2)

What it WAS about was dressing to the nines and milling around the State Theatre in a huge throng of people in suits and dresses and taking photos and sipping from flasks and just having a blast! Then once we were inside, Diana and I made our way to what we thought were our seats and plunked down in the second row. Yes, we thought it was strange none of our compadres were sitting with us, but hey, we weren’t going to give up these prime seats and we didn’t have to! We really lucked out and were able to witness funny skits, glorious musical numbers and the one and only Joe Dowling accept the Lifetime Achievement Award. Afterwards we ran into Team Matchmaker and only then did our seating faux-pas reveal itself to us.

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Sorry, not sorry!

Following the show, the thespian swarm buzzed over to the after-party where I got to hang out with many good friends and loosen the tie a little bit. They say it’s like “theatre prom” but I had way more fun that night than I did at my actual prom. What I would compare it to would be the closing night ceremonies of the State Thespian Festival back home every year in high school, where you’d have an award ceremony but everyone’s just chomping at the bit to hit the dance floor.

Thespian Festival, 2009
Thespian Festival, circa 2009

Those nights were always so special- and last month’s Ivies brought those same feelings back. I felt extreme gratitude and pride in being a part of such a rich, diverse and HUGE theatre community. Seriously, everyone is so dedicated to making good work here that I am beyond thankful in being able to join in the fun. Can’t wait until next year and all the plays in between!

Ivey Awards

Ivey Awards (2)

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Festival Recognition for “Almost, Maine”

Extraordinarily please to share the news that the play I co-directed at the Lanesboro Community Theater, Almost, Maine has come back from the MACT Festival in Cokato, Minnesota with a few feathers in its cap.

MACT stands for Minnesota Association of Community Theatres and every year there is a festival/ competition with workshops and 60-minute stagings of represented theaters. Well, this year Lanesboro threw it’s hat into the ring with Almost, Maine and came away with a 3rd place finish and acting awards for Blake Norby and Barbara Benson Keith and Ryan Lee and Pete Keith. Many congrats to you guys and everyone else!

Cast of Almost, Maine

Best Play Award for Shipwrecked!

In November of 2013, I served as the production dramaturg and (to a lesser extent) an assistant director to Shipwrecked! An Entertainment- The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself) at Theatre UCF in Orlando, FL. It was my fifth and last year in college so I was soaking up every bit of the experience I could. I had not often spent significant time on “the other side of the table”, from the auditions all the way through tech week. It was a a lesson in just how much time and effort goes into a play, from all aspects of the production. Truly a remarkable process that I took a lot from and relished wholeheartedly.

Shipwrecked posterNOW, I am SUPER ecstatic about “BroadwayWorld- Orlando” recognizing Shipwrecked! in three different categories: Best Play (Non-Professional), Best Direction of a Play (Non-Professional) for the one-and-only Mark Brotherton, and Best Lead Actor in a Play (Non-Professional) for the ever-classy Eric Early.

They, and Theatre UCF, deserve every bit of recognition that comes their way, and I am only too proud and thankful to have been able to play my part on the team. CONGRATULATIONS!

The 2014 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards

“Leveling Up” in Orlando’s Top 10!

I am proud and thankful to have been a part of Leveling Up this past year at Theatre UCF, that allowed me to showcase all the work I had achieved during my undergraduate career. The show was a milestone for me as I got to work with some of the most talented people I know- and now call good friends. Praise and thanks to Mark Routhier for his electric staging that just seemed instinctual. To Patrick Sylvester and Patrick Mounce with whom I’ve never had more fun with in a play just being dudes in a basement and my sparring partner Gracie Winchester who always kept me on my toes. And of course, Deborah Zoe Laufer for writing a play that says so much more about the way we live than most. Check it out wherever and whenever you can!

Now the theatre critic for the Orlando Sentinel, Matt Palm, has named Leveling Up as one of his top ten plays of the year and that, my friends, reflects the wealth of talent I was surrounded by last winter. Let the good times roll!

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