Sunday, June 28, 2015

The orange (or red?) dress

This picture was taken by Gerry Goodstein.  Please note that if you click on his name you will reach his website. There is a story behind this picture.

Let us begin with the dress.  I wore this dress, because I perceive it as orange. The color here is not quite the same as the dress, because my scanner was not quite right with the colors and also I think the computer display may also not be quite right.  Gerry's picture has the right color.  The original is more orange than this.  In any case, I've found that others perceive the dress as red, even in person.  I wanted to wear orange, because it was the 25th of the month.

I've been told to wear orange on the 25th of every month to protest violence against women and girls.  Here's the link to the UN website that explains this http://endviolence.un.org/orangeday.shtml.  I first heard about this campaign from a member of my Quaker Meeting.  The link to my Quaker Meeting is:  http://www.scarsdalefriendsmeeting.org/ .

So, red or orange, I wore this dress into New York City on May 25, 2015.

One thing I planned to do on that day was rehearse with Gerry. We're both in a class at the Wynn Handman Studio.  Wynn cast us in some scenes from Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," as Kate & Joe Keller -- just for performance in class.

We planned to meet at Grand Central Terminal (GCT) and find a place to rehearse lines.  Ultimately that place turned out to be an empty platform.

Aside: Just for those who don't know, the difference between a train station and a train terminal is that in a station the tracks go through and in a terminal the tracks end.  The tracks mostly end at GCT.  That's why it's considered a terminal.

We agreed to meet, as I think most people agree to meet, by the information booth in the main room of the terminal.  When I first got there, I didn't see Gerry, so I pulled out my trusty cell phone and started accessing the Internet -- probably Facebook -- and also sending him a text, telling him I was there.

While I was using my cell phone, Gerry, who is a professional photographer, started photographing me, because of the striking color of my dress.  He points out that behind me in the photo there is also someone photographing me.  He thought there were others as well.

When he took this picture, he did not realize who he was photographing.

When he started taking pictures, I did not notice, but eventually I did see him taking my picture.  I looked back down at my cell phone, because I wanted to finish something I was writing, and also figured he would want to finish his photograph.

Afterwards, I waved at him and he realized who I was.  He was quite bemused.

So, we live in a city that tourists often visit, the largest city in the country, home of the United Nations, arguably the capital of the world -- and here we were in a historic landmark -- but a striking dress still draws a lot of attention, apparently.

I am hoping that that attention might go to the campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Casting Directors I have taken courses from

Angela Mickey
Rebecca Yarsin
Scott Wojcik
Cindi Rush
Rachel Hoffman
Stephanie Klapper
Jack Bowdan
Barry Shapiro
Andy Roth
Harley Kaplan
Tisha Ioli
David Vaccari
Jennifer McNamara
Trey Lawson

Sunday, June 14, 2015

List of Improv Courses I Have Taken

Please note that the date above is the date when this document was created, but I keep editing it
  • Practice & performance with Geezers, Suzanne Hitchman, coach, 7/15/17
  • Practice & performance with Spooky Doings, Shacottha Fields coach, 6/3/17
  • Geezers: practice group & performance, Andrew Cornelius coach, 5/20/17
  • Improv 412 UCB, NYC with Frank Garcia-Hejl 3/22/17-4/19/17
  • Geezer improv practice March 2017; April 2017
  • Monoscene with Michael Lutton, Magnet Theater, 1/8/17-3/19/17
  • Character 101 with Chrissy Schakelford, UCB 1/7/17-3/5/17 this is actually a sketch class
  • Volunteer subject for coaching improv class with Armando Diaz Magnet Theater 1/21/17-2/18/17
  • Scenework for Musical Improv with Woody Fu, Magnet Training Center 12/1/16 through 12/22/16
  • 10,000 hours drop in sponsored by the PIT
  • Team Spooky Doings: rehearsals and performances
  • DCM 18 workshop with Erik Tanouye at UCB, NYC 6/22/16
  • Camp Magnet 2016 Dave Razowsky, Megan Gray, Jean Villepique, Michael Lutton, Elana Fishbein, Ed Herbstman, Louis Kornfeld, Rachel Hamilton, Hanna Chase 6/2/16-6/5/16
  • Basic Harmony for Musical Improvisers with Dan Reitz April 2016
  • 'Playing it Real," Improv Elective at UCB NYC Training Center with Gavin Speiller 4/5/16-4/12/16
  • 48th Street Exercise with Gary Austin at Artistic New Directions (AND), NYC 4/1/16
  • Musical Level 1 (retake) with Nikita Burdein/Miles Lyndahl/Frank Spitznagel at the Magnet Training Center 3/12/16-4/30/16
  • Level 1 for Experienced Improvisers with Armando Diaz at the Magnet Training Center 11/15/15 - 1/22/16
  • Special Effects with Peter McNerney at the Magnet Training Center 10/29/15-11/19/15
  • Musical Improv Workshop with Rebecca Vigil and Dan Reitz 11/7/15
  • Musical Improv Practice Group with Dan Reitz & Eric Gerson organized by Charone Frankel Spring-Fall 2015
  • Post UCB 401 Practice Group with Chris Griswold organized by Shanelle Riccio Summer 2015
  • "Embracing Musical Tropes," with Nikita Burdein at the Magnet Training Center 8/1/15
  • Camp Magnet 2015 (D Razowski, M Grey, R Andrews, L Kornfeld. E Herbstman, R Hamilton, A Marino)
  • UCB 401 June-July 2015 with Eric Tanouye
  • UCB 301 March - April 2015 with Dave Siegel
  • Musicality of Musical Improv Winter 2015 with Rebecca Vigil & Dan Rietz
  • Scenework for Musical Improv with Woody Fu 3/29/15
  • Face Your Improv Fears Caitlyn Steitzer 2/8/15
  • Musical Improv 2 November & December 2014 with Ryan Dunkin, Jon Bander, and Frank Spitznagel
  • Artistic New Directions Intensive with Scotty Watson and Michael Gellman November 2014
  • UCB 201 Summer 2014 with J Jennings & Nicole Drespel
  • Camp Magnet 2014 (Dave Razowski, Rachel Hamilton, Eric Hebstman, Alex Marino, Rick Andrews, Louis Kornfeld)
  • Scene Rebooted Greg Hess 5/10/14
  • Improv Cabaret 4/11/2014 with Barry Shapiro
  • Musical Improv 2 March - April 2014 with Ryan Dunkin & Frank Sptiznagel
  • Musical Improv Level 1 Michael Lutton & Frank Spitznagel December 2013-January 2014
  • UCB 101 intensive: summer 2013 with Dave Siegel & Dan Fanelli
  • Short form drop in with Beth Hicks summer 2013
  • Pro-(positive) Choices Dave Razowsky June 17, 2013
  • Level 4: Senior Project - Deconstruction with Alex Marino April - June 2013
  • Level 3: intro to Harold with Louis Kornfeld Feb-March 2013
  • Level 1& 2 Intensive: with Rick Andrews & Louis Kornfeld January 2013
  • Magnet Drop In at various times with Sean Taylor, James Rivera, and Frank Bonamo
  • Hip Hop Debate drop in at various times with N@t the Fourth and John Heffley
I was also on a Magnet Theater " Circuits" team coached by Sebastian Connelli.  Hannah Chase was a visiting coach as well.