On September 16th, I begin a nine-day intensive training workshop with the marvelous Shakespeare & Company, and I am delighted to find myself anxious and giddy like a kid before the first day of school. It will have been five years since I’ve had my butt kicked like this in class (longer, if you consider that my last year of graduate school was more of an apprenticeship than classwork).
I. Cannot. Wait! :)
I’ve always loved the work that Shake & Co. does as well as the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet there. And I’m excited to play and learn from the likes of artists that one friend and colleage refers to as “the dream team” (Tina Packer, who I got to see do her marvelous Women of Will this season, Dennis Krausnick, and Dave Demke). I’m also very much looking forward to breaking a sweat and connecting with a new group of artists in my classmates as well. The schedule is going to be intense (although to be fair, it’s not advertised as the ‘NYC Shakespeare Spa Vay-Cay’). To sum up, for the next 9 days, if I’m not studying Shakespeare, I will be working. And if I’m not working… I will be sleeping. It’s going to be a test of discipline and time management, which are things I’ve always handled fairly well. And it’s also going to be a test of focus and energy, which are things that, like most people, I occasionally waste on things that perhaps I shouldn’t.
So, with the exception of the infrequent Instagram post as I do love me some photography, I am signing off from all social media. Over and above the incredible work that my agency does on my behalf, I always pound the pavement to network and get my own auditions as well. But this week, I leave all scheduling in their hands. Healthy food, as much sleep as possible… for the next nine days, consider me a hermit of my own artistry. ;)
With the same perfect skin and piercing eyes, obviously… some things even I am powerless to change.