. . . I think I'll start a new life, I think I'll start it over, where no one knows my name.
-"Boston," by Augustana
So that's exactly what she did. Hello there, friends. I know, I know. It's been awhile - months, on fact. If you've ever read my blog before and are here now, faithfully checking in, I thank you. Deeply and truly from the bottom of my heart for your loyalty to me and my little corner of the internet. And if you're new, welcome! I hope you'll stay around and share in the adventure. I also think if you're a long time follower, it is time to be candid - and if you're new, it's always a good idea to start a relationship of any kind with real honesty, right?
So. Where have I been? What have I been doing for the past season, an entire summer, where I was silent? And why didn't I blog? Well, in case the lyrics weren't a give away, I was in Boston. Back in January I received an award at KCACTF (Region 1) for those who don't know, KCACTF is a national College Theatre Festival, and the particular award I received was a scholarship that allowed me to train with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, a renown company who I deeply admire. To train, perform, and work with them for the summer was something I hoped for but didn't anticipate being able to actually do - and the second I realized I would be able to, I was elated. The only downside was I knew I couldn't share too much of my experience here.
You see, blogs are public access things by their nature - and I have had to be very careful with what information I post publicly because of my "relationship," with my father, a topic I have hinted at on this blog before. Simply put he was and is abusive, and it is always in my best interest (emotionally, mentally, and physically) for him not to know where I am located. There was no way to talk about my apprenticeship, which was six or seven days a week, all day and all night, and even had me traveling around Boston, without talking about my exact location - our shows on the Common draw ten thousand people a night, so we're hardly small or unknown. Which is exactly how he found me anyway. And once he did, the court battle began, as I attempt to win legal protection from his harassment and stalking, something I knew I couldn't do if I made all of my information public. I now have enough legal protection to feel comfortable sharing some of my information again. . . and to be honest, I missed this space. I love to write and I love my blog and I am certainly resentful I had to be pulled away from it. So expect me back!
Now about this summer - it was amazing. There was some rough stuff for sure, but it was the most wonderful summer of my entire life. I trained intensively in my craft, performed for tens of thousands of people on the Boston Common, worked with actors from plays like London and Hollywood (we're talkin' an actor on NCIS LA here people!), got to tour Boston performing with the other Apprentices everywhere from a YMCA to George's Island, went to a ton of Sox games, couch surfed like a professional, saw Boston's first Pride Parade, participated in a major arts festival, had a crash course in all things outdoor theatre, grew immeasurably as an artist, learned to really stand on my own two feet, made friendships faster and more deeply than I imagined possible, worked with two dozen inspiring peers, and managed through the grace of God to parlay all of that in to job opportunities as an artist.
More on those topics to follow! I hope you're all ready to read.