And we are back! My muscles are hurting but my heart is bursting with happiness at seeing my wonderful friends and creating new and wonderful worlds again. We started the year of with a first and second year potluck...and the Americans tried Tim Tams for the first time...my personalized box of Tim Tams!
I am very fortunate to come from Australia - one of the most beautiful countries in the world. A country filled with my friends and family. Our trip home over the Christmas break was relaxing, hilarious and memorable. We explored Sydney, went to the cricket, swam in ocean pools, had massages, almost crashed a sailing boat, played many card games and had swimming races in the pool. It was difficult to leave but it prepared my soul to return back to my rigorous training at school.
Inspired by the wearable art collection designed and created by my beautiful and talented cousin, Grace Lillian Lee, I have started developing a new show that explores the lives of three women from three generations - my grandmother, my mother and my sister. I will interview them over a period of a year about their lives and experiences over the course of their lives. This project has a special place in my heart. It is an opportunity for me to document my families stories and to explore the role and identity of women of indigenous descent over the past 85 years.
We did it! We finished our first semester of our first year at Pig Iron. What a ride it was. I had the time of my life creating and exploring with these amazing 7 performers under the guidance of truly inspiring teachers. Can't wait to get back to it in 2018!
I am working on a show with Hua Hua Zhang and Company called White Nights. The show blends traditional Chinese Puppetry with contemporary movement and sound. I am Assistant Stage Manager and Lighting Manipulator (!) - I ran around behind the scenes during the show turning on lights that produce the shadows of the puppets. I also perform in one shadow puppetry scene and play a really fun/bizarre instrument! My friends, Jeanne and Travis, are performing in the show. They are two second years at Pig Iron. Rehearsals commence today and we will be performing Sunday 29th Oct and Friday 3rd November! Can't wait to start!
I am so pleased to announce that I have been awarded funding support for my MFA in Devised Performance from the American Australian Association's Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. Thank you so much to the AAA for their support and making my studies possible. I look forward to working with you over the next two and a half years.
First day of 2.5 years devising theatre with Pig Iron Theatre Company. What a great and inspiring start to our journey together.
We drove for 6 days across America to get to the east coast. First three days were spectacular - Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Colorado mountains. What a beautiful country! Last three days a little monotonous but we did experience torrential down pours, terrifying electric storms and fascinating podcasts.
Exciting and sad news....I'm moving to Philadelphia!!! I have been accepted into University of the Arts into their Masters program. Wahoo! 2.5 years of physical theatre training. Cannot wait to start. Sad to be leaving Los Angeles and my wonderful friends. Thank you everyone for your support over the last 3 years.