What a freaking year.
That's it, that's how I'd describe it.
I have no regrets from this school year. None. From a professional standpoint, I got a lot done this year I never thought I would.
In February, I released my poetry compilation Museum of Mistakes, and held a poetry reading/release party in May. I invited other poets I knew who had work to share, and celebrated with friends. Special thanks to Mitch Angelo, Derek Sherry, Andy Spector, and Sara Ramsawak for reading their pieces at this event. (Videos coming soon!)
Last year, I came up with the idea to create a festival for the Playwriting/Screenwriting program to showcase the work of the major on a bigger scale. When fall rolled around, with a little help from some friends, P.O.V. Film and Theatre Festival was born.
P.O.V. Fest went up in March 2018, and is slated to go up around the same time next year. I was the Artistic Director, alongside Julia Koyfman, with Sara Ramsawak as Producer. Having these two women by my side made doing this festival a breeze and a blast.
Through P.O.V., I was able to work with Andy Spector by directing his 10-minute play Cereal. Spector has demonstrated his talents in the right way with Cereal, and then again with Transcriber, featured in this year's Make it Play festival. Spector and I work really well together, making the process that much more productive. We are planning to collaborate again in the fall, producing our own adaptation of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. The actor who played the lead, and only character, in Cereal was a freshman named Trevor Vaughan. He was our Tony, and I was ecstatic when we found him. He is a very talented individual, and I was so happy I had the chance to work with him. I definitely plan on using him in the future on whatever projects I do.
After P.O.V. Fest, I signed on to direct two short pieces called Ruah and Dinnertime, part of a collection of works called Out of Silence: The 1 in 3 Project. The pieces in this collection dealt with abortion and women's health, two things that have been threatened in recent times. I signed on because of how important these topics are and to discuss their importance through theatre. Though they were performed as readings (as was Cereal), I enjoyed working with the actors and asking them to do minimal blocking, and really trying to pull out the best performance they could give. I was proud of how they turned out.
As the semester winded down, so did I. I started focusing on ideas for my senior project, as well as declare a new minor in Journalism. I was asked to direct two senior projects in the coming year; the first one The Role of Della by John Wooten, will go up in the fall, and in the spring another Andy Spector original called Access. I will be returning as Artistic Director on P.O.V. Fest in the spring as well.
And of course, I will be working on my own senior project. It will be a full-length play called Lunar and I plan to finish it with enough time to do an "elaborate staged reading" in the spring. Lunar tells the story of a young girl who learns about a curse that was placed upon her family and does whatever it takes to reverse it. It involves werewolves, feminism, family, and lots of apples.
Whew. Let's hope I have time to update this blog.
P.S. You can learn more about P.O.V. Fest on the tab "P.O.V. Film and Theatre Festival".