Online. I had the privilege of getting a sneak peek of The Subject last year. The Subject is a thrilling film, making its premiere at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. It’s written by Chisa Hutchinson, a wildly talented playwright and screenwriter, who has contributed work and support to Staging Film. It’s directed by the endlessly perceptive Lanie Zipoy, a longtime Muse advocate and advisor. It stars Emmy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis and Jason Biggs in completely engrossing performances. It also features Vanessa Aspillaga who was a Muse in 2018! Follow the film on the festival circuit here.
Prior to the June 11th screening, I interviewed director Lanie Zipoy and star Nile Bullock on Zoom/Facebook Live. Check out our conversation below.
Online. Several theater initiatives and/or companies I am affiliated with have issued statements supporting Black Lives Matter. It's not enough by any stretch, and it can feel and look like performative activism; but, then again, I tend to think all activism is performative until it's not. All said, statements are a start and here is the statement we put out from The Muse Project. It is also currently posted on our website (and some language and grammar adjustments continue to be made to this statement since its original publication to more accurately reflect and correct The Muse Project's goals, intentions, and values). It's more glaring than ever that American theater continues to be dominated and led by mostly white (and, of course, cis-male) voices, and this needs to evolve. My plan with The Muse Project has been and is to get the organization into a well oiled place within the next few years, incorporating passing the torch to new, diverse and inclusive actress-leadership. Thanks to all my non-Black friends & colleagues who are standing in solidarity with our Black artists, colleagues, audience members, & advocates. And thank you to all my Black friends and colleagues - who are inspiring artists, activists, & humans. #BlackLivesMatter
Online. I was interviewed by Alan Winson for the podcast series, Hunkered Down. Check it out here.
Jocelyn Suzanne Kuritsky is an actor, theater producer, and "a creative" – who has appeared in over 20 NYC productions and performed in DC at the Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center and Theatre Alliance. She is a three-time Princess Grace Award nominated performer, and co-founder of the Woodshed Collective – an immersive theatre that has won mega awards. Jocelyn is also the creator of The Muse Project, dedicated to empowering women theatre actors. And – by her own description – Jocelyn is a flitting flirt.
Online. DPS Playwright Ken Urban introduces the original Off-Broadway cast of his play The Awake featuring performances by Maulik Pancholy, Andy Phelan, and Lori Prince for DPS On Air. I loved being in the premiere of this play back in 2013 with Maulik, Andy, Lori, Jeff Biehl and Dee Nelson. (And below Ken's DPS On Air segment is a scene from the play that we shot with me and Lori). Enjoy!
Anywhere USA. Quarantine selfie. Wearing this sweatshirt a lot; thinking about the inequities we’re wading through. Grateful I can mostly stay indoors and social distance. Our greatest social movement right now is social stillness. Furious every day about this administration’s incompetence. Glad Obama spoke out about it and the growing “selfish mindset” in American life. Vote. Bend over backwards to vote and bend over backwards to make sure others can vote. #stayhome #bestill #thelivesofothers #patience #weallaffecteachother #vote #voteineverydamnelection #itmatters
NYC. I am a guest panelist for Seeing Rape, a program featuring new writing from students at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. Other panelists include: Adrienne Truscott, Jennifer Baumgardner, Karina Aybar, Colleen Cilwick, Musarrat Lamia, & Euxhenia Hodo. The panel is moderated by Shonna Trinch and Barbara Cassidy.