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  • What the heck am i up to right now?

    February 21, 2013 | Posted By: | Friendly :) · life · Theatre |

    I’m so glad you’re interested!  Currently, I’m working on Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring as a puppeteer and his Asst. Director.  It’s a total blast and the show will be premiering in North Carolina this April.  If you’re interested check out this blog http://basiltwistriteofspring.blogspot.com  OR Basil’s regular website basiltwist.com

    In my tiny moments of freedom I’ve been trying to get thing sorted out with the documentation from my thesis project. Soon to be publicly known as Objectification. Or something like that.  It’s without question my most ambitious undertaking as an artist thus far and I’m excited to develop it further and share it with you.

    Other than that I’m busy trying to line up gigs for the remainder of 2013 and working on grants and residencies for 2014.  Once things start to firm up I’ll be sure an post all the latest news right here. Until then, do what you love or love what you do.

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    What is My Process? (3)

    December 31, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Theatre |

    Time is still very scarce, so I’ll be brief.  I started picking and listening to music last night and today and themes starting presenting themselves…

    birds and v

    Birds, V’s, & Faces.

    Now, I’ll let this sit and see what other themes will emerge.

    (For those who don’t know this is part of an short series leading up to my upcoming performance at the Baltimore Puppet Slam January 19th.  As as experiment for myself and audiences, I’m documenting how the piece is developing from nothing to finished product.  Stay tuned for more updates.)

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    What is My Process?(2)

    December 28, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Don't be silly! · Theatre |

    Here is a page of notes for Eric F. Avery Presents a New Piece by Eric F. Avery; OR Paper Pieces  

     

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      It’s a frighteningly accurate depiction of my thought process for this particular piece in this particular moment…  I’m quieting the part of my brain that creates ideas and now I’m searching for a container or a thread or some means of ordering the chaos.  I have no particular interest in logic or narrative for this particular piece (or in general), but I do want a clear understanding of how these things relate to one another in a theatrical space.  If it’s not clear by now.  I have a great trust in the process of creation.  Something will emerge.

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    What is theatre TODAY?

    November 19, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · life · Theatre |

    Today. November 19th.  Theatre is a pain, it’s a pleasure, it’s a dream of a future that may or may not choose to reveal itself.  I’m ankle deep in thesis work, but what’s truly on my mind is: what’s next?  Not only am I curious about where the heck this wanderer will end up in a few months, but I’ve also been recently wondering if theatre will ever look like something different than what it is today.  Will it function differently or serve a different purpose for different communities?  I certainly hope so, but as the odometer ticks I get a lose a little more faith that it will.

    I was really inspired this weekend when I interviewed Hanne Tierney and hung out at the gallery she runs: Five Myles. I don’t wanna go gushing all over the internet, but I was really moved by talking with her and experiencing the gallery.  It made me think about my own current thoughts about thangs.  I’ve been wanting a space of my own, but had never really considered a multi-disciplinary space.  Although, duh.  Of course I want to be in close proximity to visual artists, musicians, dancers, cooks, gardeners, programmers, etc, we have to much to learn from each other, so much to share.  Where will this space be? How will I procure it?  These, I suppose, will have to be addressed another time.  maybe once i’m a grown up with brilliant ideas….

    So I guess, Today, theatre is a little old-fashioned and a little too insular for my tastes. Not that exceptions don’t exist, but on the whole, theater is a closed institution.  Even within the field, folks are so wrapped up in their specializations and interest groups that they rarely get the chance or take the opportunity to stroll around and see what else there is.  What’s happening neighbor?  Today, I want to introduce theatre to some folks it hasn’t met and perhaps expose it to somethings it never considered.  Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

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    Catching Up

    September 24, 2012 | Posted By: | Friendly :) · life · Theatre |

    Oh my poor neglected website…  There will be updates soon!  In fact, here are a couple right now:

    – I now live in Philadelphia, PA. West Philly if ya wanna get specific.

    – I’m ALMOST done with my MFA in Theatre @ Towson University. so close…

    – This fall I’ll be rehearsing for some exciting projects including Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring and Lee Breuer’s La Divina Caricatura.

    – I’ll be making my premiere in NYC with an ol Baltimore favorite. 21 Things I Never Told Chicago, by Julia M. Smith. It’ll be at Dixon Place. Many more details to come.  In fact, lemme know if you wanna be in it.  We need like 20 people!

    It’s been an exciting summer, but I’m back at it. Making lots of new works and getting ready to spread my wings and fly once again!  Please come back again sometime. I promise that exciting things are coming.

     

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    What is Theatre today?

    May 2, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Theatre |

    I don’t mean that in the sense of 2012 or even the 20xx’s, but what is theatre on this day?  It’s a question I’ve been asking myself recently and I love that it changes day by day or week by week. Sometimes old themes return and new ones emerge.  Long story short. This is a thing I’m going to write about starting…. now.

    Today…. I’m full of hope for American Theatre.  I look at various news sources and things seem to be improving. Patrons are giving again.  New programs are starting like this.  Some think of theatre like a dying institution, but I  think that the theatre I prescribe to was never a part of those institutions.  Theatre is an underdog story.  It has to be.  As soon as something is popular in this country it is a commodity and maybe I’m an idealist or an elitist, but commodities are not art. At least in the Andy Warhol way they aren’t. Perhaps in the Buddhist way… Ya know finding beauty in everything.  Meh.  Thankfully, we don’t need to know what’s what until tomorrow and today there’s hope.

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    Spring? Fever

    March 11, 2012 | Posted By: | Random · Theatre |

    I just got back from a week of work with Basil Twist and boy are my puppet arms tired!  No? Fair enough.  Be sure and check out his min-fest in DC area if you can.  I will!

    I’m going to get better at updates really soon.  They will include some more stuff on Objectification and hopefully I’ll be making some announcements about upcoming performances soon.

     

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    January is an exciting time!

    January 16, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Friendly :) · Theatre |

    So it seems my website is slowly, but surely making progress.  I should have everything I’ve got up by the beginning of February, which is great!

    The Puppet Slamwich at Black Cherry Puppet Theatre was wonderful!  So many cool artists… Thanks to those who were able to make it out.  I will post pictures as soon as I get some.

    Tomorrow, I start work on my next original production: Objectification.  It’s a complicated one, so I’ll just be workshopping some of the concepts, but it should be a crazy time.  I look forward to posting more.

    I start an internship at Centerstage this Tuesday with the wonderful Kwame Kwei-Armah, so clearly super jazzed.

    I also am going to be doing some stand up comedy. So. There’s that too.

    So many things to look forward to in the bleak mid-winter.

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    Back in BMORE!

    January 11, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Theatre |

    I’m back in Baltimore and so much better at all things digital with my trusty sidekick: MAC. He’s a computer. Anywho, click on the picture above if you haven’t already to check out the poster for the puppet slam I’ll be performing in this weekend.

    I’m sure there are many wonderful artists involved in this: http://theatreproject.org/ My pals are performing January 13th. It’s sure to be a good time! If not, I’ll buy even more drinks!

    And lastly as mentioned before: http://www.youngjeanlee.org/feminist I’ll be there the 21st!

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