These Shakespeare Workshops have fulfilled much for many a creative actor during our Covid Winter.
We started with Midsummer Night's Dream in August, 2020, Hamlet in September, As You Like It in October and Taming of the Shrew wrapped in December (all under TRC)
Twelfth Night started us off in January, Henry V & Richard III followed close behind. Merry Wives, Antony & Cleopatra, The Tempest and Macbeth rounded out 2021. Although I'm waaay behind with Brushing Up many of our plays, many are archived on our History Alive website: HERE.
This is beginning to feel like a Company lately! And that's an amazing feeling!! Thank you, Denise, for orchestrating all this and making it possible for me to meet all these wonderful actors!"
You are amazing and so inspiring. I will see you Tuesday and will look at Richard lll, I also do not know the play so I am excited to learn/ read this one as I was with Henry V- thank you so much for putting this group together. These are plays that I have wanted to read and engage in and by being in this group I am being held accountable to doing this and I love it!!
"I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated that you have created this reading series. I am one of those artists motivated by deadlines and rehearsals. Theatre is my chosen art form for many reasons: a profound love of words, timing, relationships, human motivations, on and on. However, especially in this time of isolation, I find it difficult to get myself to practice my craft. When you, Denise, invited me to read for Midsummer Night's Dream, I was re-invigorated to dive into the text again, to play with words, articulation, timing, knowing that I could look forward to indulging in this passion with others who also simply love the work; a space for pure enjoyment -- a casual atmosphere of relishing the words of Shakespeare. It is healing to connect through my craft with others in this way. Thank you for providing the space, and doing the "admin" work of making it possible.
Thank you SAG-AFTRA for starting me on the path of sharing with other members what I've learned in approaching social media for the actor -- the right way. Covid curtailed those sessions for the Conservatory, however, Equity and the Episcopal Actors Guild both provided new zoom opportunities in the beginning of this pandemic. I'm hoping all in attendance have used their isolation to "claim their real estate" and start their journey.
My own "trial by terror" has proven essential -- and succeeded in attracting the kind of agent I thought would revitalize my career. The "hard sell," I'm pretty sure he had to do proved too big a challenge. I'm once again "freelance." Reviews on my "real" work are HERE.
Comments from teaching social media below:
"You were so generous, inspiring and beautifully candid." Bella Merlin, PhD (Professor of Acting & Directing, U of CA, author of "Facing the Fear: An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright" & "Shakespeare & Company: When Action is Eloquence")
"You are a bright light & it is so contagious. I feel very inspired & ready to hit the ground running. Thank you!"
Timberly Whitfield (writer/producer/TVhost)
"You exude confidence, clarity & changed my attitude toward social media"
Harrison Lee (dancer/actor)
"You have a free-spirited, positive nature that relaxes me in the ever-growing-so-fast paced world of digital . . ."
Regina Pasqualino (actress/writer/yoga)
"Engaging & funny; helps lift the curtain on social media."
Tony Lopresit, (Actor)
Thank you RC Sisters!
It's been a pleasure to serve as an Officer since we came together in 2007 and then lead us to incorporation in 2019. As of 2020, I've stepped down from the Board of Director, however, remaining connected in an advisory capacity. A new website is launching soon - the history that gave this new organization life, may disappear over time, however, remains in the hearts and souls of all thos women "in the trenches" with me from 2006 - 2019.
Audiobooks are proven to help students with reading disabilities become better readers and learners. They can be a powerful tool to support comprehension, boost confidence, save time on schoolwork and ultimately lead to better outcomes . . . and my first (& only) recording of Vampire Diaries is now in their library.
After 8 years, I bid a fond farewell to hosting my own program, "The Cinematic Arts." (read more on my Affiliate Page) As a permanent part of my archival history, this is my last show, dated April 14, 2016:
Guild For the Blind
Working with the lovely Robyn Frank on a newly conceived "Mind/Body/Spirit" class for the last eight years, we finally bid another fond farewell as of 2019.
Proud walkers since it all began in the late 80's - we lost too many of our Broadway dancer buddies to this -- we walk in their memory.
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Cinderellas Of West 53rd Street Original Voices of "Stage Door"
The journey for this book started almost from the day we came together in 2006. I like "social," but I also loved the idea that all our collective energy just might create something we could leave as a legacy. Our Mission Statement said it all:
Dedicated to telling the story of The Rehearsal Club, to preserving its
legacy and to inspire and support future generations of aspiring young artists.
With incorporation in 2019, that mission has shifted slightly, but the focus remains the same: to preserve the legacy of all those women who came to NYC with nothing except a dream in their back pocket. The Rehearsal Club offered a sanctuary. These are the stories of many of those women -- and mine -- told in our own voices. Some found their prince; others found stardom; all found each other and continue to support each other's aspirations to this very day.
Special thanks to Blythe Danner for writing such a heartfelt Foreward for us. Cannot wait for this book to hit the stands! Let me know if you'd like to "pre-order!"
We are an arts education company, dedicated to support, inspire and challenge artists and writers in creating an informed history.
This is my husband and my theater-based, education program. Established in 1991 and performing throughout CT. We took quite a hit during Covid. With the success of our Shakespeare Reading Series, however, we decided to refocus our energies to not only use great talents to perform our characters in schools, but also find ways to excite and challenge those talents to stay competitive in this oh-so-tough industry. Our Shakespeare Alive! reading series will continue in January with Othello and we look forward to bringing our fabulously talented actors together with talented new playwrights. Oh what magic we could make!
Visit our website to learn more and, if the spirit moves, donate your tax-deductible "gift" to help keep our actors employed! DONATE HERE!
HISTORY ALIVE CHARACTERS!
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Merry Wives of Windsor - April, 2021
“Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets."
MY MOM: 1923 - 2021
Depression Era strong and a passionate Women's Libber long before the phrase was even coined, mom was 97 when she finally let go and let God take over. Just prior to her going into a nursing home, I was helping her "republish" her cat fantasy trilogy, The Phantom Sleuth. I do believe mom was hanging on until she knew it was "out there." She passed peacefully right after it hit the stands in February.
The Phantom Sleuth, is available on Amazon & Barnes & Noble. I still can't access her social accounts on Facebook & Instagram, however, I am (weirdly) keeping her alive by writing her posts here: Twitter, Late in life, Mom was teaching creative writing and so left quite a few of her stories behind. I may start sharing in a blog one day. Time will tell all . . .
Introduced as "Broadway Royalty," singing an original song by Mark York: Click on the pic for the video excerpt)
Student Film Clip &
Dancing w/Ridgefield Chorale
We produced some powerful indie-theater during my 5-years with them -- until Covid. Cat Parker, Artistic Director, continues to create, but this company dissolved. Thank you, Cat, for creating theater that made me proud appearing on your stage.
A teaser for Babe, I Hate To Go, which I directed, is below. More videos under my Filmography page.