I recently wrapped production on Hobart and William Smith Colleges production of Macbeth directed by Chris Hatch in which I played Lady Macbeth. The show presented fun and interesting challenges as there was a minimal set andthe show was in the round.
Along with acting in Macbeth I also was the co-choreographer and fight captain for this show. This show being in the round presented an interesting challenge stage combat wise, as fights had to be viewable and believable from anywhere in the theatre. Another interesting challenge with this production was working with out child actor and figuring out ways to incorporate him into the fights while still keeping it safe and believable. I enjoyed working with our child actor a lot and working all of these fights. All of these challenges made
This last January I was fortunate enough to spend three weeks in Bali Indonesia studying Balinese dance and art forms at Mekar Bhuana. I was instructed in the traditional dance forms of Bali and the culture and religion that is so closely tied into that art. I learned ways of moving and storytelling that I was completely unaware of before and aided me in viewing theatre and myself as a performer. I grew more as a performer than I thought possible in three weeks. This trip helped me realize that work that I do should be work that pleases me and feeds me artistically.It helped me see that
Performing in the round was a new and dynamic way for me to explore the words of Shakespeare. I had an incredible time playing in this show and look forward to being able to do more Shakespeare and more work in the round in the future.
building the fights an extremely rewarding and exciting process. I am looking forward to choreographing more fights in the future.