the shelah marie

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Scene study and scene writing

Things in my life always seem to have a weird way of tying together. Through my collaborator Noelle Ghoussaini I heard of  Arian Moayed's scene study class. It was a really unique experience because I'm not really acclimated to the traditional theater scene in NYC. I am heavily involved in the teaching artist world and in the devised, experimental, performance art scene -- but in terms of different acting techniques, I'm still fairly new. This class served as a perfect bridge from where I am and where I want to be. Arian is amazing, he's personable and down to earth but has a shit ton of professional credits in film, tv and theater in NYC. He's also shooting first feature. Yeah, that's where I wanna head.
I want to stay true to my curious nature in theater, but I am also very pointedly trying to make a career (read: pay bills sometimes) with this.  This is not a hobby. So I learned valuable advice about making honest and fearless choices in acting, but I also learned a little more about the habits of a highly successful artist.
Speaking of, I finished writing my second play, Flight 2013 and am in rehearsals to perform the play on February 25th at The University of Northern Iowa. It's a satirical piece inspired by the "Git on Board" segment of George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum. The concept is a boutique travel agency that specializes in Black Historic travel excursions that bring the audience to different moments in Black American history.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFprKJBKbRY]

It's the right passage, for your rites of passage.

Until next time,
Shelah