Well, here it is my first blog entry. How very exciting.
I created this blog in an effort to share my upcoming adventure with interested parties. And to document my growth and experiences.
In eleven days I depart for grad school in Glasgow, Scotland. I will be studying acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD). Upon completion of the year long course I will be awarded a MA in Classical and Contemporary Text. There will be actors and directors in our program and we will be tracked accordingly as needed.
For those of you reading this who don't know; I have been living in NYC for the past eight and a half years. I have been training and working the day jobs, doing what I can to get experience and learn about The Biz, acting, myself, all that stuff. It's been a wild ride. I was there for 9/11, the Blackout of '03, the Transit Strike of '05; to name a few. And now it is time for a new chapter to begin.
I had a little boot camp this summer up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was very blessed to be a part of an acting intensive given by the Moscow Art Theatre School (MATS) aptly named Stanislavsky Summer School. It was an amazing experience that I highly recommend to anyone who has the chance to go.
Thankfully that gave us (by "us" I mean me) a taste of full time training again. Prior to the intensive I was working in a cubical in Corporate America doing what I had to do to pay the rent. In my off hours I took tons of classes all over NYC to keep up with my training and did an audition here and there. Along with MATS, you might see reference to The P.I.T. (The Peoples Improv Theater), HB Studio, AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Converse (Converse College). These are all places I've trained; some full time, some class by class. And you may see reference to the Hayes, as in the Helen Hayes a Broadway Theatre currently hosting Xanadu (great show, go see it). I worked as an usher at the Hayes for the entire eight and a half years I lived in NYC.
So that's that. That's what this blog is gonna be about.
Right now I'm at my parents' home in South Carolina where I have shipped all my belongings from NYC. I am staring, overwhelmed at tons of boxes trying to figure out how to pack for the next year (or more) of my life. The program is a full calendar year but I don't know when I'll be back stateside. We shall have to see what happens...
So I'll keep you posted.