It’s the end of January, and I’m glad to be back in the sunny South. While Memphis had its first ice storm of the season, I wasn’t around to enjoy the snow days. I was somewhere even colder (where -25F wind chill was common) for the sake of Shakespeare, kicking off 2018 with world-renowned faculty and my fellow students during Shakespeare & Company’s Month-Long Actor Intensive in Lenox, MA.
Shakespeare & Company’s winter intensive is considered a premier classical training program. This January I studied text, movement, and Linklater vocal work with my acting comrades six days a week for 14 hours a day. From sunrise to well after dark, the process was grueling for everyone, challenging the intellect, spirit, and body. I felt exhausted every night, yet was raring to try again the next morning—failing better with every step forward.
By the end of the month, I realized I was a warrior artist.
Training with these amazing artists taught me about showing my heart, being vulnerable, and committing to the challenge in spite of fear. I’m a better artist and human because of it. Now I’m ready to share this compassion to those around me and the world.
My journey to Lenox would not be possible without the generous help from the Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Minigrant I received. This project was supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Many thanks
to my local and national legislators as well as everyone who supports arts.
What’s next for 2018? More art, more love, and more opportunities to connect, contribute, and collaborate I hope. Y’all ready to kick it?
Until next time,