Our team is over the moon with gratitude to our community, who pushed our Indiegogo campaign to 100%. Thank you for committing to help us create nuanced, complex and challenging narratives for actors of color. We can't wait to begin shooting. Stay tuned for the launch of our website- in the meantime you can learn more about the project HERE.
Join me on Wednesday, July 18th for a free screening of The (Other) One, a feature length film I shot last summer (this time in front of the camera!). Doors open at 6:30p and the screening begins at 7p at the G.E. Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady, NY (432 State St).
I'm pleased to have graduated from my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Three Sisters Yoga. I thoroughly enjoyed the instructors and my colleagues were all very inspiring. I'm thrilled to now have the opportunity to merge my long-term love of yoga with my passion for teaching.
It's been a pleasure to direct Melanie Glancy in Charlotte Arnoux's new short play, 'Creekside Drive,' in the Schreiber Shorts Festival. The Schreiber Shorts run from February 28th- March 4th. Tickets are available here: https://tschreiber.org/productions/submit-writing/schreiber-shorts/
Thank you to the artist who made the Fall 2017 Lab @ Grace & St.Paul's so successful; Efrén Sánchez, Miles Butler and Jennifer Marinelli of Ren Gyo Soh, Tom Nieboer, Camilla Dely and KC Chun-Manning. Photos by Jorge Luna. Next Lab submission round opens soon- stay tuned for details! http://www.theumegroup.org/the-lab--gstp.html
It's a big week for The Ume Group! We're kicking off our Open Training Series this Tuesday at 7p with a Butoh lesson with Yokko. Participants are then invited to stay and rehearse with The Ume Group as we begin to devise materials for our newest piece. This event is open to the community and by-donation/ pay-what-you-can.
I'm also looking forward to moderating the talk-back immediately following The Ume Group's Lab @ Grace & St. Paul's Church- a forum for early stage performance experiments. We'll be hosting the following artists as they share their early explorations of these pieces:
-Ren Gyo Soh- Solo Dances (dance)
-Dara Malina- Adaptation of Minna Needs Rehearsal Space (other)
-Tom Nieboer- REINHARDT - The Unsavory Rise and Putrid Fall of An Uncommonly Filthy and Disreputable Youth (literature)
-Camilla Dely- of soft fissures and jagged spine (dance)
This event is free to the public and a reception will follow. Join us!
Production has officially begun for Trenchmouth Production's 'The Other One,' written and directed by Jay Leonard. I had a great time shooting last weekend- after teaching On Camera Technique at T Schreiber Studio this past winter it was great to get back in front of the camera! Filming continues through August 2017.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make The Ume Group's 'by wing, fin, hoof or foot' a reality. This was my first piece as the Artistic Director of The Ume Group and I couldn't have asked for more brilliant, inspired collaborators. Enjoy these production photos by Ryan Camarena, check out full show details on The Ume Group's website and take a peak at this interview with Amy Gijsbers Van Wijk for Culturebot about the piece.
I'm thrilled to be co-teaching The Ume Group's 12 Week Physical Theatre Course with Yokko from February-April 2017. In this course, students work to grasp the fundamentals of the company's 3 primary disciplines: yoga, butoh and devising. The variety of technical, analytic, meditative, and creative course components are aimed at creating for each student a deeply embodied understanding of critical concepts for the physical theatre such as energy lock, active stillness, whole body listening, soft landing, neutrality, embodiment, resonance, ensemble play and more!
October 20th & 21st from 12-2p. Chashama's Performance Art on the Plaza. Location TBA.
'how do we belong together?' places pairings of people in front of the authorial eye of passersby. Spectators are asked to anonymously narrate a relationship between the subjects based solely on appearance. Through The Ume Group and their extended network of acquaintances, Keelie Sheridan explores how the bodies of performers and civilians communicate meaning through simple movement. 'how do we belong together?' is a celebration, interrogation and meditation on perception and assumption in one of the world's most diverse cities.
Don'tcha remember what I told ya when we first go partnered up?
That the worst mistake is to think you know the city.
Director Keelie Sheridan
Set and Costume Designer Valentin Eisele
Lighting Designer Bill Woodland
CSM Grainne McKnight
Assistant Stage Manager Evie McGuinness
Chief LX Sheila Murphy
Set Construction Barry O’Donovan
Sound Design Co-ordinator Niamh Cooke Escapil
Wardrobe Supervisor Beatrise Leikuca
Scenic Artist Roisin Kavanagh
Preview 9th July, 8.30pm,
11th July – 13th July, 8.30pm
Matinee 13th July 1.00pm
Tickets Available HERE.
GRIMLY HANDSOME premiered in New York City in January 2013 at Incubator Arts Project’s Other Forces festival.
"And now you’re here. I saw you. The camera saw you. And by the way, might I add, you all look terrific. You really do. You look happy. You look together."
He turns to take a selfie with the audience. Flash.
"I was there, too. I mean, I am here, too. Now. With you. The camera saw us. We’re happy. We’re together. We’re a part of something. And I have proof. "
I had the opportunity to collaborate with three of the MFA Theatre Design students on an evening of design showcases inspired by T. S. Eliot's "The Wasteland." It was a different approach to creating performance than I've engaged in previously; using design as the leading element and developing narrative and performance from the visual concept for the piece.
I worked with Valentin Peter Eisele on a piece inspired by this portion of the poem:
If there were water
And no rock
If there were rock
And also water
A pool among the rock
IF there were the sound of water only
But there is no water
I worked with Ciara Murnane and Bill Woodland on a piece inspired by this line:
My feet are at Moorgate, and my heart
Under my feet
More photos and video to follow.
I'm just over a month into my residence in Dublin and studies at The Lir/ Trinity College Dublin. The Tiger Dublin Fringe Fest and the Dublin Theatre Festival have provided infinitely fascinating viewing opportunities and I've been submersing myself in the city (and country)'s rich theatrical talent. I'm very grateful to the US Ireland Alliance for the George J Mitchell Scholarship which supports my year in Ireland.
More updates to follow!