Synthesis : 



  1. combination or composition, in particular.

the combination of ideas to form a theory or system.

noun: synthesis; plural noun: syntheses

"the synthesis of intellect and emotion in his work"


When I was an ungergraduate, I remember feeling frustrated that there wasn't a clear correlation between the segmented foundational classes we took. Acting was Acting: Voice was Voice, and all we did in most classes was execute and refine specific exercises and techniques.

Now, don't get me wrong, this is all fantastic, but it left me wondering how to use all of the magical tools I'd been given. I didn't necessarily see how the Alexander Technique could fortify my work in all areas, or what possible good a semester of "Sound & Movement" could do. But now I do see, and I've been fortunate enough to work with some truly stellar talent in academic classrooms where it seems that there is a troubling disconnect between the analytical skills required to understand a script in terms of the inciting incident, objectives, beats, and tactics, and the body. The body is what it is, and in a world increasingly aware of bodily sensitivities, our response as theatre practitioners seems to be not to talk about it. -- I say fuck that. 

I've got more than six years of training under my belt, as well as a decade in the industry when pretty much everything has changed due to technology, the economy, and our society. There is nothing more terrifying than finishing school with no idea how to use any of the stuff you've been given, and I attribute a lot of this to the fact that most schools view and treat their students as students instead of people. So I'd like to get to know you - the real you. And I'd also caution you not to decide anything about yourself yet, or even to rely on old information. Whoever you were in your high school: that doesn't matter anymore. If you've been on Broadway once, it does not mean that you can quit your hustle or side gig immediately. This line of work really is challenging, and not for the faint of heart...