November 25, 2017

I was born in a little town outside of Detroit, Michigan and moved to Traverse City, Michigan the summer before my eighth grade year.

In Traverse City I fell in love with theatre through the Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City West Senior High School and the City Opera H...

November 19, 2017

Warning - This blog contains spoilers for Pigeon Creek’s production of “King Lear.”

Over the last month or so, I’ve had multiple conversations that have gone more or less like this:

Them: So what play are you working on right now?

Me: King Lear

Them: Ooh a tragedy! What ch...

November 18, 2017

When I started preparing for this role, the most important factor I considered was summed up by a quote from George R.R. Martin: 

“Nobody is a villain in their own story. We're all the heroes of our own story.”

It was important to me that Regan believes she’s doing what’...

November 15, 2017

 Where are you from? How did you get involved with Pigeon Creek?

I am from Holland, Michigan (though between college and now, have lived in Colorado, Utah and Germany!). I ended up auditioning for Pigeon Creek because I had a really strong urge to get back in to acting,...

November 15, 2017

The word “nothing” appears in King Lear 34 times and is said by nearly every major character in the play except Goneril, Regan and Cornwall. It is also one of the most important themes of the play.

The first time we hear it is in Act I, Scene I. Lear asks his young...

November 10, 2017

LISTS OF GRIEVANCES AGAINST MY BROTHER EDGAR

Idiot

Un-ironic hackey sack ownership

Constantly doing stupid voices, thinks he’s SOOOO funny

Seriously will take any opportunity to remove his shirt on the slightest provocation

Unnecessarily tall

Thinks it’s cute to mess with my...

November 7, 2017

I grew up in the Detroit area and, as such, started going up to Stratford, Ont. in the late 50’s until 1968 before moving out of Michigan. 

It was a continually staggering theatrical experience at Stratford and, I, of course, had an opportunity to attend...

November 7, 2017

The question of music in modern Shakespeare performances turns out to be a pretty contentious one.  Strong opinions are often expressed about the kind of music one “should” hear associated with the Bard’s works.  The proponents of using modern topical pop music argue t...