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Nothing and Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Promotional Photography

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Nothing and Everything poster for The Hideout Theatre Anton Chekhov show

I am the director of this fine fine show called Nothing and Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays. I’m over-the-moon with the response and praise we’ve received after two weekends of shows. Most impressively, however, is the level of love and dedication the cast has given. I’ve talked a lot about this show on Facebook, but I wanted to take some time to say more about it and share some of the wonderful photography that’s come out of it. I can call my own photography wonderful, right?

There’s only five more shows left. You can get information about tickets at The Hideout Theatre’s website

Some of the promotional photography from our sessions at the beautiful Elisabet Ney Museum estate located in Hyde Park, Austin TX.

Peter Rogers, cast member of Nothing and Everything
Megan Sherrod, cast member of Nothing and Everything
Jordan T Maxwell, Cat Drago, and Peter Rogers of the NAE cast
Kaci Beeler, Courtney Hopkin, and Megan Sherrod. Cast members of the Chekhov inspired, Nothing and Everything improv show

Edward Gorey Inspired Portraits

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Black and White photograph of improvisers dressed as Edward Gorey charactersBlack and White photograph of improvisers dressed as Edward Gorey charactersBlack and White photograph of improvisers dressed as Edward Gorey charactersBlack and White photograph of improvisers dressed as Edward Gorey characters

In November & December of 2013, The Hideout Theatre put up a production entitled  A Bedtime Gorey,  improvised bedtime stories inspired by the works of macabre illustrator, Edward Gorey. I was struck by the set design, costuming, and makeup of the improvisers so I decided to setup a few lights and capture it.


Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

So, I perform in a lot of  improv shows. In fact, it’s rare for me not to perform twice a week. This makes it progressively more difficult to get friends and people out to see you perform. It’s also usually during a prime fun time for most people (Saturdays at 8pm).

All of that, the show I’m currently involved in is NOT to be missed. It’s called Theatresports and it was created by Keith Johnstone (the man who created Maestro and several other formats). It pairs up two teams to face-off with improv challenges that can literally be anything (the first week, we had a paper airplane-throwing contest). Like most “competition” shows in improv, it’s not really about winning but getting you amped up and raising the stakes.

This upcoming weekend will be the third week of the run, and my second performance (I missed the second week). The inaugural show was phenomenal. The sold-out audience was booing judges (yes, there are judges), demanding a tie for the exhibition act, and screaming their heads off the entire show. The show feels more like a sporting event than anything I’ve been involved with. So come on out!

Every Saturday in May & June at 8pm. More info & tickets.

43 Hour Improv Marathon

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

In 2012, I have decided to go insane and participate in an improv marathon that happens each summer at The Hideout Theatre. It’s coming up this weekend and I have been getting in shape, quitting caffeine, and trying to stay healthy to prepare. To spell it out simply, here’s what it entails:

  • 7 improvisers and myself will do 43 hours of improv in a row. We will do 43 different shows.
  • The theme or style of the show will change every hour. It might be a musical, improv games, a blank stage, a show in the dark, a show with puppets, or Charles Dickens, etc…
  • I will get 10 minutes of downtime between each show to eat, recharge, whatever
  • I have to be on the stage for all 43 hours, even if it’s asleep
  • I am crazy

I’m worried about my voice holding up since I had two vocal surgeries back in 2006. Read more about that on a Hideout Theatre blog post I wrote last week.

If you want to check it out, read the official schedule! Tickets are $5 each show. Please come out and support me as I will need encouragement and good vibes. Oh! It’s also a fundraiser, so come support the youth programs at The Hideout by buying a ticket.