I love writing.
No secret there. I love crafting stories, but I also love writing plays.
And then I love producing those plays and bringing them to the stage.
I have no business being a drama director. I have had no formal training in theatre and don’t pretend to know much.
But experience is quite a good teacher.
I have had the distinct privilege to find myself in a position where I not only get to write plays and musicals and whatever I like, but I, simply by the fact that I was in the right place at the right time and said “yes”, also get to bring them to light with a wonderful group of talented actors.
They deserve better than me; that’s for sure.
But I’ve never let a lack of credentials stop me from doing what I love. And as I have said, there is something to be said for experience.
I am now only three weeks away from producing and directing my eleventh full-length theatrical production which I have either written or co-written.
My, how we improve! And learn. And grow. And make mistakes.
But it is the process which makes it all worth it. It’s the smiling faces on the actors, the laughs we elicit from each other during rehearsal, and ultimately the buzz that I hear from them when I crack the curtain and check in on them during intermission. There truly is nothing like the theatre to stand your nerves on end and to elicit emotional responses which you never would have expected.
Theatre is a mirror into our lives, and I cherish every minute I get to spend writing, producing, and rehearsing with this amazing group of kids.
There is a long way yet for me to go, but I’m so happy how far I’ve already come. I never want to stop learning, and I hope no matter where I go from here in the future that the theatre will always be apart of my life.
Twenty-two days until the world premiere of “Boardwalk Melody: An Original Musical.”
I simply can’t wait.