An amazing summer has come to an end! I had the pleasure of working on two fantastic productions at Bard on the Beach: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Dean Paul Gibson, and The Tempest, directed by Meg Roe. The shows were a dream to do and I will miss them dearly. In addition to playing on the mainstage, I had the fortune to Coordinate The Young Shakespeareans Workshops again-over 250 young people between the ages of 8 and 18 attended the workshops this summer-learning all about performing Shakespeare and getting to do their own shows on the stages at Bard. This year was also the inaugral year of The Riotous Youth program-Bard’s new initiative for youth aged 19-24. I had the most amazing time mentoring this group of young artists. The Riotous Youth this summer were a passionate, creative, inspiring group of young adults who worked with us to present the In a Nutshell talks before each show, performed as part of the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festivities at Bard and on Sunset Beach, interned with teaching artists in the Young Shakespeareans Workshops, and created their own show called A Riotous Affair (or What You Will). It was an honour to work with this group and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future.
This summer will hold a special place in my heart-I am grateful for all the audiences that came to enjoy our shows, and to all the inspiring young people I had the chance to work with.
Now, onto directing my next project, Much Ado About Something-a theatre project for Homelessness Action Week, supported by the city of Vancouver, Raincity Housing, and the Vancouver Arts Council. More about that in my next post!