It is getting close to opening night for Bullets for Broadway at the Artista, so I thought it would be a good time to share the link to the restaurant’s web add for the show:
Hope to see you there! -E.G.D.
Well, this is new! Not only is my show (“Up, Up and Away“) with Mad Science going brilliantly well, but I’ve just been cast into my first dinner theatre role. The show is called Bullets for Broadway, and it will be opening in the Houston theatre district in April. I’ll be playing Mimi Sheraton. If I’m remembering this correctly from auditions, she’s a wealthy gossip columnist and a thoroughly amusing character. Anyhow, I expect I’ll be posting details later, but so far it’s looking like 2013 is a good year for me and acting ^_^. Wheeeeeee! -E.G.D.
I have been so intensely focused on applying to teach collegiate theatre courses lately that it slipped my mind that I am immensely qualified to tutor and coach acting. I taught theatre 101 during graduate school. I have directed shows peopled entirely by people who considered themselves non-actors, as well as shows with young actors and new actors. I am experienced in directing and/or critiquing the work of experienced old-hat actors in a way most assure me they find useful. I have an arsenal of voice and movement techniques that has earned me a reputation as a cast-commodity, and I have many times been called upon by a director to run cast warmup routines (primarily due to my Linklater training). I am adept with dialect breakdowns and analysis, and I have the full skill set of a dialect coach (complete with IPA). I am a successful actor with two acting degrees. One of them is the terminal degree for an actor. Heck, why not? Until that professorship rolls around, I should probably keep flexing my teacher muscles! Is anyone out there in the Houston area looking for an acting coach? Please don’t hesitate to let me know! -E.G.D.
As I hope you can tell from this website, I am a pretty competent web-builder and graphic designer. Today, my mom pointed out the fact that wordpress has taken note of this, too! I built (and still webmaster) my mother’s website Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches, and wordpress apparently is using the site as an example of how well the Andreas09 template can be used… with about 18 hours worth of CSS manipulation, a good logo, and a seriously awesome photo or twenty. Part of me is flattered (they refer to the website as “gorgeous,” after all) and the other part of me is a bit irked that they’re trying to sell their extremely cumbersome CSS customizable option (yes, my Mom paid extra for the option, and no they won’t let me alter simple html instead) using my work. I mean, sheesh, I frankly could have built the site from the ground up faster than I could get the site to look the way I wanted it to using CSS, except for that the wordpress server wouldn’t have supported it. Still, it feels pretty cool that someone out there recognizes my work as worth using as an example. If anything, I’m good at problem solving, and I can wrestle with a pre-existing system until I get my own way with it. In any case, please enjoy this shameless plug for my graphic design abilities and my mom’s website. If you click the logo, it’ll take you straight there! Have a great day- E.G.D.
It has been a very long time since someone paid me to act. Well, at least unless one is prepared to include scholarships granted to me for a theatrical master’s degree, which probably should count for something. My point is, I had started to poke my nose into (and apply to jobs for) professional technical theatre and theatrical design, and I have for a long time pursued teaching positions in the field. It makes me laugh at myself to now announce that my first seriously theatre related job since graduating with an MFA in theatre performance is honest to goodness theatre performance. Who’d have guessed? I was just offered and immediately accepted a job working for Mad Science Houston as an actor in a one woman show that will be sent to schools and events to teach kids of all ages about the glories and wonders of science. I have not been this excited about a new job since the JET Programme hired me to teach high school English in Japan back in 2005. On top of that, I have been called back for a completely unrelated professional acting position, and callbacks are very happy things for actors (even ones who have just landed potentially long term jobs with mind-blowingly awesome educational organizations). Apparently 30 (I had a birthday on Wednesday) is a very auspicious age for me ^_^. Heck, I’m a mature and exceptionally well trained actor, and it shouldn’t surprise me nearly as much as it does that I feel like I can really nail an audition now. And with results! Glorious, glorious results. Now, I’m not saying I plan to stop here. I’m going to keep auditioning, and if anyone out there wants to send a technical theatre or theatre design job my way, I am still game for just about anything. I do, however, feel like I am 0ne giant leap closer to living the actor/performer dream. Onward and upward! Wooohoooo! Cheers, and I hope everyone out there has as awesome a day as mine- E.G.D.
Well, I downloaded Muvizu on Friday, and I had Shakespeare on the brain because I auditioned for the Houston Shakespeare Festival yesterday, so I decided to attempt to animate the prologue of Henry V (which any of you who have read the “intro” page on this site have probably guessed is among my favorite Shakespeare plays). Now, I have to say, I would make all of NONE of these physical acting choices, but at my current skill level with this animation software, this was the best I could do without driving myself crazy nitpicking. Also, this isn’t my best vocal performance of this soliloquy. I chose this recording because the audio was clearest, and it wasn’t as breathy and crackly as the others. My microphone is not good, and even this level of clarity was preferable to that of the others. Working with what I had, I don’t think the result is awful, but I reserve the right to change my mind at any moment. I hope you enjoy it!
Maybe someday I’ll actually be good at this. In the meantime, I’ll settle ^_^. -E.G.D.
Sooooooo, starting in 2003, I’ve sent my friends and family hand-made e-cards every year in honor of various holidays (most consistently Christmas). Some of them feature the characters from a web-comic I drew in my undergraduate years, but most of them feature some version of me. For fun, and because I thought it might be a selling point to potential employers that I am reasonably good with art software, I am posting a selection of these e-cards. I hope you enjoy them! -E.G.D.