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If I had five seconds to tell you what I do or we’d all be blown to bits, at least you wouldn’t have to worry about picking up more milk for breakfast.

March 1, 2011

Hi, new friends!

I’m crazy excited to join the team at The Green Room Blog!

A bit about me…

I chose the name “The Rogue Artist” because when people ask me what I do in Theatre, I feel obligated to tell them they should sit down because this will take awhile.

I came to New York as a director and really barreled in full force.  I was grabbing up directing and assistant directing jobs like Eliza Doolittle going after chocolates.  However, in January of 2010, I started to drift into other areas.

First, I was asked to intern at an incredible press office for Broadway and off-Broadway (a position I honestly didn’t remember applying for; must stop “sleep applying”).  I had no idea that one year from then I’d be completely in love with that part of the business.  And it is true love.

Second, although it technically came before the press gig, I had been working for a few months on a new musical.  I had a short play that I’d starting writing when I was seventeen and decided should be a musical.   Since I can barely play scales on a piano, I teamed up with my musical director from when I directed “a-certain-musical-I-didn’t-buy-the-rights-to-put-up-in-college-so-shhhh” and we started on a journey that’s gone on for about a year and half now and has given me endless euphoria and heartache alike.  At about the time I was starting at my internship, we started preparing for our first public performance.  This endeavor awakened the playwright in me and I have since been busily writing my own plays and am now preparing for the premier reading of my first full length play.

Third, by the time our fourth incarnation of our musical was being performed, I had taken a producing role at Frog & Peach Theatre Co., a position I had never had any interest in but had assumed with the utmost curiosity.  It proved to be a gigantic education to say the least.

So, now it has been seventeen months since I moved permanently to this juicy Big Apple.  I came here as a director and today I am a director/playwright/lyricist/press intern/producer/costume designer.

Try fitting that on a business card.

I have a unique view of Theatre from many sides and, hopefully, my insights will be able to help you as you find your own way in the Business of Show!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. The Practical Artist permalink
    March 1, 2011 3:54 pm

    Welcome, Rogue! Being a fellow dabbler, I’m curious – are you known to certain groups of people as JUST a director OR playwright OR lyricist OR press intern OR producer OR costume designer? Or do your colleagues know you as the multi-talented artist that you are?

    • March 1, 2011 4:05 pm

      It definitely depends. People that work with me often or know me personally are aware of the breadth of positions I hold, but when I’m meeting new professionals, I use the title that is most applicable to them.
      It helps that my producing and press work are with established companies so I can use my website and other online media to promote myself as a writer/director/designer and things don’t get too cluttered.

  2. March 1, 2011 4:36 pm

    I love that you dabble! I think it just shows how passionate about the biz you are, no matter what you’re doing. And I’m so looking forward to reading about things from your perspective!

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