On Monday, September 22, 2014, The Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 10 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2014 recipients at its annual event. Celebrating ten years and thousands of nominees, the New York Innovative Theatre awards took place at Mason Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 17 Lexington Avenue. Scroll down for photos from the festivities!
They say networking is such a huge part of show business, and I must admit there’s quite a bit of truth in it. I’m definitely not the best at it but I’m getting better, and even for me some of my most notable credits on the ole resume (both past and future) have been obtained simply because I had previously worked with a colleague on another project, or because I knew somebody who knew somebody who knew somebody. Prime example: being a featured dancer in the opening number for this year’s NYC Innovative Theatre Awards.
This opportunity literally came out of nowhere. Literally. The director of the opening number for this year’s ceremony was the lovely off-Broadway director Rachel Klein of RKP ensemble. She’s a brilliantly creative Morticia Addams-esque woman with a flare for dark musical theatre performance art whom I had the pleasure of working with almost 4 yrs ago on a musical I did in Brooklyn. She directed that show as well. We worked well together and have kept in touch since. Flash forward to like, I dunno, maybe like 2 wks ago? Not even. I was at Ripley Grier studios in midtown printing off some paperwork when I saw a few actor friends. “Hey ya’ll, whats up? What are you doing here?” I said, sort of off-the-cuff like. Turns out they were there rehearsing for the awards, being directed by Rachel. I was like, “OMG I have seen Rachel in forever”. And they were like, “Well she’s in studio 16D. Go say hello”. So I of course I did. Rachel was packing up props with one of the other dancers and one of the producers. We exchanged ‘hellos’ and kisses and hugs and chit-chatted about what we had been up to and then out of the blue, Rachel goes, “So are you like back in the city now? Are you free this weekend and next monday? Because I will totally put you in this dance number. I’m not kidding.”
And that was that. I was now in the opening number for the 2014 NYC Innovative Theatre Awards. No audition. No long day waiting to be seen. Just a gig. And a good one. I had no intention of being put in the show. Thought honestly never even crossed my mind. I was just going to say Hi. But that’s showbiz :) And I love it.
There’s a link attached to this post about the awards. I wasn’t listed as a performer unfortunately, I’m guessing because I joined the cast way late. But there are a few fun pics featuring yours truly.
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British actor, director Richard Attenborough dies at 90
BBC News: British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at 90, his son confirmed on Sunday.
Attenborough appeared in films such as “The Great Escape” and “Jurassic Park” during his career that spanned six decades. As a director, he was well known for “Gandhi,” which won two Oscars.
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Photo: Richard Attenborough appears on BBC Breakfast in 2003. (Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs)
NO, WHO WILL TAKE US TO JURASSIC PARK NOW?
Sad day for Acting :( and the world.
another opening, another show
HEY YA’LL :)
I hope life is treating you well. It’s been pretty good to me lately.
So … very shortly after getting back to New York, I booked ensemble in the first workshop of a new musical called CROSSF8. Very exciting. The cast and creative team is a wonderful bunch of artists, rehearsals have been very full and very active (especially theses past few days), and the show opens THIS SATURDAY. [gasp] That’s crazy to me. I feel like I just got back hehehe. But I’m really excited about being apart of new theatre and a new project. I’ve never been apart of an original cast for a brand new show before. And for it to be making it’s debut here in NYC is like a dream. It’s pretty kewl, considering I’m just a regular dude from Columbus, GA. Nothing super impressive or special. But I’m so happy to be able to do what I love. It’s a great feeling. I’m happy. I’ve also been in contact with my manager Gregg a lot lately too, like almost everyday, about castings and appointments for Broadway shows and TV stuff. It’s an exciting time for my career. I’m thankful. And I truly hope that for anyone who may be reading this, wherever you are, and whatever dreams you may be afraid to dream, just dream ‘em. Go for it, ya know. There’s so many wonderful things that can happen for you if you let them. Honest.
I’m gonna stop before I start getting too preachy and sentimental lol. But DO believe in YOU. ALL of you :)
AND COME SEE CROSSF8 IF U R IN NYC.
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