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I Wish I Knew: Interview with Artistic Director Sam White

Welcome to the third installment of I Wish I Knew, a monthly blog dedicated to sharing wisdom from artists around the country to up and coming theater makers, film makers, producers, directors, actors…you name it! This month I had the honor of interviewing my friend and colleague, Sam White (she/her/hers), the founding artistic director of Shakespeare in Detroit and a freelance director. She is one of those amazing humans who either has a clone, a time-turner (shout out to Harry Potter fans) or just an extraordinary ability to do a lot of things a lot of the time. Check out Sam’s interview!

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Pinter on Pinter: A Celebration of the English playwright, Harold Pinter

If you have been thinking about catching a show in London’s West End over the last few months you have have noticed that there is one famous name that is dominating the playbills. It’s not a well-known actor or director but, instead, a playwright. Harold Pinter to be exact. The Harold Pinter Theatre has been taken over by the Jamie Lloyd Company from September 2018 to March 2019 with the aim of performing all of Pinter’s one-act plays in repertoire, twenty in total.

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College Auditions: Preparing to Shine

As a high school teacher, I worked with a lot of students to help them prepare for their college and scholarship auditions. And sitting in on audition committees helped shape my perspective even more. While auditioning for colleges is very similar to any other audition, this moment isn’t for a job, but for a mutual investment for the next two to four years. There are some really important things to remember before stepping into that audition room.

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I Wish I Knew: Interview with Casting Director Cathy Reinking

I Wish I Knew is back this week! A new blog dedicated to interviewing people in the theater and on camera business to get some answers about their journeys through the industry, I thought it would be awesome to interview my casting director friend Cathy Reinking (she/her/hers). As an actor, I’ve spent a lot of my career thinking casting directors were the untouchable, unreadable keepers of the gate to success. They seem scary and intimidating. But then I met Cathy who is one of the most open, nonthreatening casting directors I know. Like a lot of casting directors (seriously!) she is an advocate for artists. Whether you are an actor wanting to know more about what casting directors do, or you want to be a casting director yourself, I think you’ll find Cathy’s interview eye opening.

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Shakespeare’s History Plays: Unraveling the Kings

While many English or Theatre teachers (myself included) embrace William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Macbeth, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I actually really enjoy the history plays. Richard III is one of my favorite plays to teach because of the intriguing villain, dynamic poetry, and fascinating characters. However, in order for my students to make sense of it, I realized I had to make sense of the English history Shakespeare was using to write Richard III. In that endeavor, I tumbled down a rabbit hole and into a quagmire of complex English history mired in international and civil wars.

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