September 27, 2018

Hello and welcome to the first “blog” I have ever written in the history of the internet. My name is Lauren and the first fact I will share about myself is that I have a deep fear of sharing my writing. Now that this fact is out in the open I will move ahead and share...

August 1, 2018

Hi!  My name is Kaeleb Cogswell and I’m excited to make my debut with Pigeon Creek in their upcoming production of Antony and Cleopatra.  You’ll see me portraying multiple characters including Agrippa, Diomedes, Gallus, and a bevy of guards, soldiers and messengers, wh...

July 25, 2018

Where are you from? How did you end up here (or why did you stay)?

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids. I love the theatre community GR has to offer and don’t plan to leave for some time, but I do hope to one day travel someplace warmer so long as there are plenty of...

April 24, 2018

I’ve always approached any of Shakespeare’s characters that I have the honor to play, with an open mind and blank canvas. Preparing Claudius was certainly no exception, but came with some new discoveries.

Now, I always begin my process with characterization in the exter...

April 20, 2018

One of the many things I enjoy about acting, is the opportunity to meet and learn from other actors, and the cast of Hamlet has been amazing! Each actor has a different approach, and a different energy in bringing their characters to life.

I was never formally trained i...

April 20, 2018

A few thoughts on the character of Horatio

The name Horatio bears a striking resemblance to Orator, which in latin means speaker. We see the charge a couple times from Hamlet at the end of the play—for Horatio to tell his (Hamlet’s) story. And then the play ends quite s...

April 20, 2018

First Experience of Hamlet?

My first experience with Hamlet was middle school, where I found a stack of the old Illustrated Classics. These were comic books. I recall MacBeth, King Lear, Richard iii, and Henry V,  had the better parts of the text with comic book illustr...

March 23, 2018

I grew up in a small city near Ann Arbor called Ypsilanti. The youngest of six kids, I spent most of my childhood putting on plays and telling stories with my siblings. Through this I became captivated with characters and storytelling. When I was three years old I told...

September 9, 2017

Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, VA, I had the pleasure of experiencing Shakespeare at a young age, having the world-renowned ‘Blackfriars’ theater at my fingertips.  I remember going to shows at the Blackfriars Playhouse since the 6th Grade, although the word...

September 7, 2017

Since I've never written a blog before, this alone became a challenge.  I had so many ideas and thoughts bouncing around in my mind.

      I had been away from the stage for many years and almost a decade since performing Shakespeare.  I had elbow surgery during the reh...

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