These updates seem to be coming each year at the same time as though I am awakening from a winter slumber. (I'm not even planning it that way.) There is something about the spring in the northeast that energizes me! But who could follow a blog with only one entry each year??
Anyway, it was another long, cold winter which tends to keep me inside more often than not. Much of my time was consumed with my new full-time job at Albany Medical College. I have now gone from portraying a patient to scheduling the patients and helping to coordinate the Patient Safety & Clinical Competency Center. At times it felt like it was all consuming and non-stop. Needless to say there was little time for acting work.
Never one to turn down a challenge, I was also busy in March and April directing a production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at a local community college. One of my oldest and dearest friends runs the acting program and offered me the opportunity. While I often found myself exhausted as I was leaving work, I was completely reinvigorated once I arrived at the theater and started working with the students. I found it incredibly rewarding to share this creative outlet with them. It also served to remind me that doing something you love never feels like work.
Over the last year, I have also continued to take the publicity photos for the plays at a local theater. Photography has always held a fascination for me since I was in high school, and now I am able to merge my love of theater with this alternative form of storytelling.
In July, I will be taking a MUCH needed vacation to Florida to visit my father for a week. That is where my focus lies for now...
My first performance on a stage was in grade school playing the Ace of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. (I still remember my song!?!) Living in upstate NY, I continued to perform at a very young age in my church choir and youth group, all the way through high school.