Jeffrey Lo is a Filipino-American playwright and director, and the casting director at the soon-to-be Tony Award winning TheatreWorks Silicone Valley! J Lo (as he’s lovingly known by his friends), gives an incredibly detailed, thoughtful, wise interview about how playwriting led him to directing, why we still have a long way to go to achieving equity and inclusion in the theater, the difference in directing new works vs. classical works, and much, much more. If you’re interested in directing, playwriting, acting, or anything else, this is the interview for you!
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!
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!
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!
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!