How did you begin doing what you do? (Sound design, set, lighting, dance, acting, etc…) Growing up in New York, theatre and dance have always been a part of my life. I studied theatre at Yale (along with Art History) and then did my MFA in film at Boston University. Since then I’ve been fortunate to work in film and theatre in a bunch of different cities: New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and now my new home of Austin.
What has been the most exciting part about Any Night for you? Most surprising? I was drawn to this script from page one, and knew that it would be great casting for Zac and Marie (I had directed them each separately and we were looking for a show for me to direct them together) but it is thrilling to watch the work we began a year ago with table reads, etc, grow and deepen every night. That’s the fun of theatre - when a show has time to ‘steep’, as it were. Also, there is not much that beats having one’s initial impulse or vision come to fruition through collaboration with expert designers and artists, who also happen to be lovely human beings!
Any strange/funny sleepwalking experiences or stories to share? Or strange/funny dream stories? I went through a phase when I was younger of having very clear prophetic dreams. Some were pretty mundane, but others were a little too close to the bone. Creepy.
How did you begin doing what you do? (Sound design, set, lighting, dance, acting, etc…) I figured out that I love being the one that sees how things work, essentially being a control freak after a time in my life where nothing made any sense or felt like I could ever control anything. It really started with a chance at Austin Film Festival in 2009. Any strange/funny sleepwalking experiences or stories to share? Or strange/funny dream stories? This really has more to do with my son than it has to do with me, he will sit up and speak an entire conversation to himself and whoever he sees in his dream and then lies back down and sleeps. He won't remember any of it in the morning. He also gets up and moves things in the middle of the night from one room to another.
How did you begin doing what you do? (Sound design, set, lighting, dance, acting, etc…)- I was in grade 6 drama class and saw an audition notice for a local play...started acting. Then while still in my teens I'd write scenes and short films and stuff. In a conservatory acting program with Medina is where we first started writing work to perform in...our first play being Tuesday & Sundays, which ended up touring for seven years and brought us all over the world :)
What has been the most exciting part about Any Night for you? Most surprising? - It was a dream to get to perform the play in New York off-broadway, that was awesome. And seeing your work in published form is always a treat. Beyond that, I'm actually super-excited to see this production of the play because I hear such wonderful things!
Any strange/funny sleepwalking experiences or stories to share? Or strange/funny dream stories? - Well when you write a play like this, people tell you all of their crazy nighttime stories - someone actually did breathe on their mirror and woke up hitting it. Another person had a SWAT team show up at her place because she was screaming so loud during a night terror. And - while Medina and I were writing the play we went on a writer's retreat to a cabin and I would wake up in the morning and all of the windows and doors would be open -- or closed. And I'm pretty sure Medina was doing that. I don't think it was me. So the play definitely affected our sleep.