In final conference, I was given positive and critical notes. Positive: I'm moving better, I'm working more from my center, my vocal issues are fare more under control, though issues remain. Critical: I'm inconsistent, especially not holding onto the gains I make in dialect coaching sessions when I get to performance, I'm not as good in solo (i.e., monologue) work as I am in scene (i.e., where I have an acting partner) work, as I'm not so good at working off imaginary, external detail, whereas having a live, breathing acting partner liberates me, gets my thumb out of my own arse (my acting partner can be the script girl, doesn't matter what she does, she just have to be there.)
I have a goodly amount of work to do over the holidays: about 500 lines of Shakespeare to work:
- get off book for Jacques in As You Like It
- work 34 line Berowne monologue
- work 80 line Berown monologue for "Fast, Loud, and Clear" exercise (i.e., perform monologue at 100% volume, 100% speed, and 100% clarity)
- get off book for Friar Lawrence in both Act II, sc 3 and Act III, sc 3
Among my options for after graduation: Jack recommends I look at Philadelphia, a good theater town with lots of union work, an hour train ride from NYC. Portland = friends and great life. Philadelphia or elsewhere = lots of time on stage. I may need to choose the lots of time on stage now so I can come back to Portland later.