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  • 5 things I wish someone told me when I first became an author

    5 things I wish someone told me when I first became an author

    Interview with Chaya Weiner As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Raz. Jeff Raz is an acclaimed author, playwright, stage director and performer (he has starred on Broadway and with Cirque …Read More »
  • February 2020

    February 2020

    In rehearsal last week, I worked with a brilliant clown on a seemingly simple move — getting her hand “stuck” on a set piece when she tried to step away. “Make sure you do the reaction after the action, not before.” Duh, of course. But it is amazing how many …Read More »
  • Reactions – Juggling the Physical and the Emotional

    Reactions – Juggling the Physical and the Emotional

    In rehearsal last week, I worked with a brilliant clown on a seemingly simple move – getting her hand ‘stuck’ on a set piece when she tried to step away. “Make sure you do the reaction after the action, not before.” Duh, of course. But it is amazing how many …Read More »
  • December 2019

    December 2019

    Dear Friends and Family, We’re deep into the winter holidays, a time when helpful friends and social pundits are warning us to avoid talking about politics or religion or anything else that might devolve into an argument. Good advice, perhaps, but only talking about safe topics is like only eating …Read More »
  • Winter Holidays – Time to Talk

    Winter Holidays – Time to Talk

    We’re deep into the winter holidays, a time when helpful friends and social pundits are warning us to avoid talking about politics or religion or anything else that might devolve into an argument. Good advice, perhaps, but only talking about safe topics is like only eating mashed potatoes – boring …Read More »
  • Stand and Be Present

    Stand and Be Present

    A student, I’ll call her Beth, stood facing away from the audience in a theater class I taught last month. She turned, walked downstage and said, “Hello, my name is Beth.” Just that, and my eyes teared up. It was her third try at an exercise I describe in The …Read More »
  • What’s Your Secure Base?

    What’s Your Secure Base?

    “My mama came to visit me in San Quinton every time she had the money for a Greyhound from Bakersfield.” Merle Haggard’s grizzly old face turned soft and teary in Ken Burns’ documentary on country music. Haggard’s mother was his ‘secure base,’ a metaphor that becomes very real in acrobatics, …Read More »
  • Tricked into Growing

    Tricked into Growing

    I am all for taking risks, lifelong learning, ‘getting out of your comfort zone’…for my students. For me, I’m pretty comfortable being comfortable. I only get uncomfortable when I’m tricked into it. Like the other day when my friend Tara asked if I would perform in her site specific dance …Read More »