Destination Imagination

When I was a teenager,  one of my favorite school activities was Destination Imagination.  If you’re not familiar, it’s a program based in creative problem solving and STEAM-based learning (though I did it way back before “STEAM” was what it was called…).  My friends and I would receive a Challenge and create the entire solution…

The Last Five Years: What I Learned

Hard to believe it’s been a whole month since the run of The Last Five Years at Canton Festival Theatre.  I was so thrilled for the chance to get to work in a very cool venue with a great cast and creative team.  Photos are available on my flickr stream. Like most musical theatre nerds,…

The Last Five Years

I’m so glad to be directing The Last Five Years at Canton Festival Theatre.  The show has a beautiful score, and I’ve loved working with this cast and creative team.  Performances are this weekend at the Lewis Street Playhouse in Canton, Missouri – 7:30pm tonight, tomorrow and Saturday with a 2:00pm on Sunday.  Tickets are…

Exchange Club and Arts Quincy Magazine

Here at QCT, I’m working on getting everything ready for the new session of spring classes that start this week.  But I didn’t want to forget to mention some exciting events from the past few weeks: First of all, Arts Quincy featured QCT’s education program on the cover of the latest issue of their magazine.  The…

The Addams Family: What I Learned

At QCT, we just closed The Addams Family: School Edition.  I’m unbelievably proud of this cast and crew for their work on this deliciously complicated show.  We had 26 student actors from all over the tri-state area – 13 of whom were making their QCT debuts!  Today I’ve been humming the songs, uploading the pictures…

The Addams Family

Today we started previews for The Addams Family: School Edition at QCT.  It was a delight to share this production with over 1000 local students.  We are gearing up for our opening night this Thursday! Performances are February 7-10; tickets are available here.  This is one you won’t want to miss; our student actors are…

Honoring QCT’s 2018 Season

This past Saturday was a big one for QCT.  First of all, the cast of The Addams Family: School Edition was hard at work learning how to tango.  But later that evening, we held the ceremony for this year’s QUILTA Awards, to honor all of the good work that happened onstage and off during the…

TEDx Quincy Video

My TEDx talk is now online!  You can watch it here: I’m very grateful to the organizers of TEDx Quincy for the opportunity to speak, to the countless collaborators who gave me projects worth discussing (special shout out to Jane Meirose and Aren Williams!), and especially to the students who inspire me and fill me…

The Witches – What I Learned

Hard to believe it’s been a whole week since performances of The Witches at Quincy Community Theatre.  I am so proud of the cast, crew, and volunteers who made this challenging show happen.  The Witches is a world full of puppets, magic, and special effects – and I’m so grateful for the wonderful team who…

TEDx Quincy

Yesterday was an exciting day here in Quincy; I had the opportunity to be a speaker at the first ever TEDx Quincy event!  The theme of the conference was “Big Ideas for Little America”, and the speakers covered medicine, business, childcare, and a slew of inspirational ideas. My presentation was called “Accessibility Through the Arts”….

The Witches and 2019 Season Announcement

I just left the theatre after another outstanding rehearsal for The Witches.  The Witches is an adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl, about a young boy who goes on vacation and discovers a group of witches with an evil plot.  Our production is filled with puppets, special effects, and some first-rate performances from our…

Summer Wrap-up

Here in Quincy, school starts next week.  I can’t believe it’s that time of year already. That also means that at QCT, we’ve reached the end of our summer programming.  Last week was our Triple Threat Boot Camp —- the biggest education project of the year.  At Boot Camp, students put in an intense week…