• Lear/Cordelia and Glendower/Hotspur in Acting;
• The Miser in Movement
• Orphans for production;
• NYC and American Southern dialects for Voice;
• coaching monologues and scenes in Acting I, which I'm teaching;
• preparing an audition pair for the upcoming Casting & Evaluation/Callback auditions for the UH spring season;
• preparing an audition pair for Virginia Shakespeare Festival
• Gearing up for final exams, which include: an IPA dialect analysis, monologues in Standard British, Cockney, NYC, and American Southern, final showing of scenes for Acting, a solo performance for Movement, four Shakespeare monologues, and one more crack at a heightened "nineteenth-century" version of the dagger speech from Macbeth.
If nothing else, my two years at UH will have given me considerably more stage time doing work needed for me to develop an iota of craft.
My current best guess about what I'll do after graduation: take non-equity regional gigs for 12-18 months (while joining EMC), while my worldly belongings wait for me in a storage locker and I avoid paying rent by living in theatre-provided housing, for the time being. This will give me solid time on regional stages, which I need. However, if I can figure out how to do film--maybe a lot of it--during this time, I'll do that, too. I may (or may not) be too old for moving to L.A., NYC or Chicago, so I'm going to have to remain creative about getting from here to there (where ever "there" is). I think whatever way I find to do film will be more satisfying than plying the over-worn path through L.A., and it's humiliating trials.
I would love to move back to Portland--but that worries me. Before leaving for Houston, I was getting signs that my star was on the rise, there (e.g., part offers from companies I admire), but there's just not enough paying work (there's plenty of non-paying, which I respect and enjoy doing, but can no longer afford). I'd have to start my own company several years earlier than I believe would be best.
(p.s. -- I know I repeat myself a lot on this blog, forgive me. I allow myself to repeat myself, sometimes a bit o.c.d.ishly, in order to track the evolution of a few concerns; how they evolve; how they don't; what I don't know that I already know, according to old posts....)