Why Actors Are Scum

Right up front: I totally disagree with the title. But that has been a long-held belief by those not in entertainment. And so, as a follow-up to my last blog post, I wanted to delve a little more into why actors and theatre people have often been, according to an Ordinance by the British ParliamentContinue reading “Why Actors Are Scum”

From the Cabbage Patch

In Episode #55 I talk about working at Toys “R” Us. There’s a lot more detail there for another time, but I’d rather talk about my strange work history. Here are a few of the highlights. Some of my early jobs were gas station attendant (I lasted only three hours—really not my thing), and telemarketerContinue reading “From the Cabbage Patch”

Ever Nearer the End…

As we enter finals week of my last semester of teaching before retirement, I find myself frequently reflecting on the idea of my legacy. If you’ve listened to my podcast, you know my greatest fear is to be forgotten. And so, recalling ways that my memory lives on in my last position is important toContinue reading “Ever Nearer the End…”

Almost There…

There are 15 days until commencement: that’s my unofficial retirement date. The true date is at the end of the summer, 17 years from when I started. Meanwhile I head toward the end of the semester, waiting for overdue papers, papers that are still due, and a mountain of grading to get through before IContinue reading “Almost There…”

Paperwork and Paperweights

The preparation for the show continues; I have created the beginnings of my prompt book, which I believe is a necessary part of pre-production for any director. I also created the rough rehearsal schedule, a character breakdown—which shows what characters are on which pages (it’s a small cast in a farce so by Act IIIContinue reading “Paperwork and Paperweights”

Collaboration is Key

I always say that the reason I love doing theatre is the chance to work with others in collaboration. I think I have some excellent and creative ideas, but when I work with others, the ideas get better. Case in point: working with a scenic designer. First of all, I should mention that I generallyContinue reading “Collaboration is Key”

Not an Endless Summer…

The summer of 2021 has been all about cleaning out a house and a garage, arranging a tool sale, and doing other online selling. Now, however, thoughts turn to a last minute vacation and, immediately following, the start of a new semester and academic year. Notably, I will retire at the end of this year,Continue reading “Not an Endless Summer…”

Dark Hamlet

Last Spring, our production of The Government Inspector was sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I hated to let the seven weeks of rehearsal go to waste, and had considered restaging the play in the virtual world of Second Life for Spring 2021, but due to problems with rights and the demands of the software,Continue reading “Dark Hamlet”

Alter Egos (1)

I am creating separate pages for each of my alter egos, and have finished the one for Phorkyad Acropolis, my avatar in Second Life. He is my best known AE, having been photographed and profiled in a variety of articles and publications, near and far. The page features background on how I named him, andContinue reading “Alter Egos (1)”