Deciding whether or not to get an MFA? “To grad school or not to grad school” is a question that plagues many young artists, and this week in I Wish I Knew, I talk to Shanelle Leonard, a graduate student at PlayMakers Repertory Company. Shanelle shares her struggles to commit to a life in the arts, her reason behind choosing her school, what is great and what is hard about making the choice to get an MFA, and much more! If you’ve been trying to decide whether grad school is right for you, this interview might give you some insight. Enjoy!
It’s that time of year again! The 2019 awards season has well and truly begun in London’s theatreland and there are several big-hitters leading the way. The WhatsOnStage (WOS) Awards were held on Sunday March 3, celebrating the best musicals and plays on and off London’s West End. Importantly, these awards often tend to signal the favorites to take home an Olivier Award on April 7. So, with the WOS winners and the Olivier Award nominees announced, let’s take a look at what’s hot in the UK!
I Wish I Knew has made it to Post #5! This week we meet Michelle Wilson, a successful New York actor who was Tony Nominated for her work in SWEAT, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play. Michelle gives us advice on staying healthy, starting a career outside of New York, getting notes and more. Check out her amazing interview!
March is Women’s History Month, and throughout the theatre and film industry, women’s achievements are being celebrated. While there have been strides towards gender equity and representation in theatre, there is still work to do. The Actor’s Equity Association has done a study that identifies the “skew” towards white and male for theatre jobs .
Fortunately, there are dynamic groups dedicated to creating opportunities for women artists. The Bridge Initiative, created by Brenda Jean Foley and Tracy Liz Miller, is an incredible non-profit organization that incubates and celebrates professional female theatre artists in the Phoenix area. Read more to learn about the origins and ambitions of The Bridge Initiative.
This week on I Wish I Knew, a blog dedicated to inspiring young artists on their paths to success, I got to interview the fabulous director Amy Anders Corcoran! Amy is a freelance director, the New Musicals Consultant at La Jolla Playhouse and was recently Associate Director of Escape to Margaritaville on Broadway. She is one of my favorite people, one of my mentors, and has a way of distilling wisdom in a way that is simple, clear and illuminating. Take a look!