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February 24, 2019

Why are we in such a hurry to be entertained?

These past few weeks I've been doing stand up comedy a few nights a week and one of the things I'm noticing about these comedy open mics is the pressure to get a laugh within the first 30 seconds or less. There was a bit tha...

February 9, 2019

OMG I did it!

It’s something I’ve always wanted to try: Stand up comedy. And this week I dove head first into this world and told jokes at three different open mics around the Bay Area. 

As somebody who coaches other performers I always feel like I need to put myself i...

September 21, 2018

Do you know what is worse than flop sweating or a racing heartbeat?  The stories we make up about them.  When we go into panic mode (otherwise known as fight or flight) then we also tend to start spiraling into self-doubt and self-conscious thoughts.

That's why I...

September 17, 2018

Have you ever wanted to try street performing?

It's pretty amazing when it's done well, don't you think?

Have you ever been going about your normal day and you find yourself feeling moved as a beautiful song reaches you from across the train station or you're struck...

September 14, 2018

Street performing acts are as vast and varied as the imaginations of the artists who create them. And with the explosion of the internet and social media, I feel like the creativity of street performers has exploded as well and the bar has been set even higher.

Street p...

August 19, 2018

Have you ever been with someone and got the sense that they were in love with your stage persona and not the "real" you?

You don't have to be famous or even a celebrity to experience this.  I think it just happens the moment you are up on a stage.  It can appear glamo...

July 15, 2018

It's art that pushes against psychological and social expectations, that tries to transform decay into something generative. .  . 
- Jerry Saltz





Have you ever gone to see a show and had one of those mind-bending experiences that changes your perception of somet...

June 8, 2017

One of the things that I look for, and what I think makes live performing arts so thrilling, is the element of risk.  I want to see some daring involved. Someone taking some chances, whether it is an aspect of the work that is improvised or the performer being emotiona...

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