explore & enjoy.

#1 me, watching an actor work.
photo: Geoffrey Wade

#2 Matisse's "workroom" The Red Studio, where there are no hands on the clock & most everything is unreal but the art.

#3 A letter from Tennessee Williams a few weeks after he cast me in his Vieux Carre at the theater bearing his name in Key West. He died about one week before we started rehearsals.
photo: my iphone

#4 The cast of La Ronde, performed by my students in Antaeus' A2 company, directed by Young Ji.
photo: Geoffrey Wade

#5 The artist's studio from my production of Cousin Bette by Jeffery Hatcher, set design by Tom Buderwitz.
photo: Michele K. Short

#6 Click on the image to visit my WORKROOM board on Pinterest. &/or create one of your own!

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THE WORKROOM = my space for          
all things acting + creative process + theater art  
I AM = an actor, director, author, teacher, artistic director  
THE GOAL = to live in our full potential as artists  

       I do not seek, I find.   PICASSO                            
 find: start / finish / exhilaration / collaboration / expanse      
why / mastery / oh, just play around.                  





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Workroom Inspiration #489 
This just may be the ideal creative space. Can anyone identify it? Comment below!


The Finished Product ... Is Not



When Jeanie asked me 
if I would write a post for The Workroom about my process in classMy mind began brainstorming immediately. It had to be funny, selfeffacing, thoughtful & I had to end it with some sort of moral or lesson. With all of these little snippets & anecdotes swarming about, I began to formulate some really good stuff. Having had a little background in writing, I felt pretty confident that I could pull something together pretty quickly. But when it came to actually sitting down & cranking out the piece, I just couldn’t get myself to do it.

Jenny & Aaron Hammond, starting work on VENUS IN FURI told myself I was busy. I told myself it should wait until inspiration hit. I told myself all sorts of excuses, but in the end, the truth is, I was scared I wouldn't be able to deliver. Here I was with an opportunity to meditate on & articulate what it is that I'm trying to achieve in class — something I was excited to do — & instead of diving in, I felt completely blocked. 

A little background: I lived in New York for a couple of years after graduating from NYU where I received my BFA at the Tisch School of the Arts. As an undergraduate, I spent two years at the Atlantic Acting School, one semester at Stonestreet Studios & my final semester teaching theater in New Orleans. However, looking back, I’d say that my real acting training began post graduation — when I did a lot of non-paid, gritty, small theater. I learned a lot about myself as an actor; I began to understand my strengths & my weaknesses. Every job was a gift & I was excited for any opportunity to work. 

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Thoughts for the Journey, 2014

My still center & constant touchstone remains my ongoing work with actors — coaching one-on-one in my studio & the various classes I teach in The Workroom, at the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory & other places in LA; at Williamstown & other colleges & universities across the country. This is the daily practice that feeds everything else I do. 

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Processing Joy / 11.23.13

Joy. The topic du jour for me, in the few months since I got married. After living together for 9 years, I don’t think either of us expected it to feel this different. We married without a lot of hoopla, we live in the same house, with the same cat, & after a brief honeymoon, not that much changed. But to our surprise, ordinary life now seems to be unfolding on another plane entirely. 

I recognize this — aloft — feeling I’ve been waking up with every day. It’s the same elation that comes when I connect to the work in a meaningful way. (For me, stage acting delivers the ‘art-high’ in its most concentrated form, that’s the arm-drip.)

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Room for Everybody / 9.22.13

The Workroom is just about one year old! Since I launched, it seems like new resource sites for actors are cropping up everywhere. A dizzying array of teachers & coaches & casting director workshops, blogs, branding experts &  social media consultants -- dispensing good, sometimes great, & sometimes just plain bad advice at every turn. 

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the business of YOU /  7.5.13

For the last six months, actors in my group called "The Art of the Biz" met once a week to play around with creating & articulating their own uniquely personal art-business. Actors, I call this the business of YOU. We've experimented with biz names, titles, tags, quotes, vision/ mission statements & values & goals.

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Owning The Role / 5.20.1

      We leave our mark by taking -- as if
 were a baton -- from our predecissors
then making it wholly our own.

The ownership thing. Thinking about this a lot lately. How it works. Why it works. & when it works, how undeniable it is. How utterly irresistible. The word has positive & negative connotations. But for an actor owning the role = mastery / value / respect. The powerful feeling of ownership = the end of worrying & seeking & the onset of the relaxation & confidence of just being.

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Previous Posts


4.16.13 / It's Called Show Art  

Where To Start / 3.3.13 


1.20.13 / Be Famous  


Chaos, Order & All Things New / 1.3.13

12.12.12 / 
50 Shades of Auditioning

RSS & The Meaning of Life
 / 11.26.12


                              11.8.12 / Embrace the Crisis 

To Compete or To Create
 / 10.27.12 

                        10.19.12 / Bad Material / Good Audition 

Talent & Personality
 / 10.12.12

10.1.12 /
 15 Minutes a Day 

Mastery & Optimism
 / 9.18.12 

9.7.12 / Survival of the Creative-est 

The Art/Biz Diaries
 / Ongoing


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