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17 Jul new chapter

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I write this first brief blog post from a coffee shop in Independence, KS.  I am now the new Instructor of Acting and Voice at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a theatre that hosts the William Inge Theatre Festival each spring, along with several events that introduce new works to new audiences.  Under the excellent leadership of Karen Carpenter, I join a faculty and staff ready to train young artists for careers and lives in the theatre.  I’ve been welcomed with open arms, and I humbly thank those new colleagues and friends for allowing me a permanent place in the Inge family.

I’ve not been one to accept change willingly, and my breath and belly have been quite tight recently in response to the feelings  that arise when life changes course.  However, I choose to have a thought, relax my belly, let my breath drop in, and speak about my experiences, my struggles, and victories. I’ll be using this blog to share my thoughts on my new adventure and my discoveries in the world of voice, body, and acting.

I’m reminded of Uta Hagen and her book, Respect for Acting She writes about working with an actor who was so committed to his character’s life, need, and action that she was never able to get in her lines when it was her turn to speak.  She had to work hard just to get in her lines because this actor would not let her “take her turn.”  Hagen writes that she approached the actor and said, “I can’t apologize enough, but I never know when you’re through!” He was amazed: “I’m never through! And neither should you be.”

Likewise, I am not through.  No matter what I’ve accomplished, created, or experienced, I am not through.

 

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