How we gonna pay…RENT

This weekend was another round of auditions for ATC and About Face’s joint production of RENT. RENT will run Spring of 2012 at ATC and is now being directed by the very accomplished and highly acclaimed David Cromer .

   Whitney has worked on two productions with About Face (Stupid Kids, Oklahomo for the Holidays) and our fingers are really crossed for this one! About Face has an amazing way of combining a focused mission with great artistic programming. Their outreach programs have helped hundreds of GLBT youth across the city. About Face is led by Bonnie Metzgar.

ATC is helmed by the multi-faceted PJ Paparelli, the company recently closed the smash hit Grease. Whitney first did RENT in 2009 with Night Blue Theatre company directed by David Walters and Brian LaDuca.

The callback was packed with many friends and old cast members. The fact is all of those actors could and should do the show but we all know the realities of the casting process.

Nevertheless it was a great audition to have before the holidays and seeing all those familiar faces was a reminder that you never know what is in store for the future. As 2011 comes to a close it’s great to remember that there are many opportunities for all of us and many paths to take.

An Education

   Yesterday Whitney auditioned at SAIC (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago). The audition was as much of a learning experience for Whitney as it was for the students; it was a mini class on how to take direction. There were about 9 directors in the room and while one was “leading” the audition, others were free to give direction or request a piece to be performed again.

    For this audition Whitney had to prepare a contemporary monologue and a silent gestural piece which was right up her alley.  At Northwestern Whitney had the privilege of working in the Performance Studies department with Carol Simpson-Stern who always pushed for non verbal performance to be rooted in thorough analysis.  Carol teaches performance courses on modern and contemporary American and British exploring their aesthetic qualities, literary foundations, and implications through live performance.

   The Film, Video, New Media and Animation department at SAIC focuses not only on technique but also on cultural and societal significance. Students have an incredible amount of resources at their disposal; from The Art Institute and the new Modern Wing to the Gene Siskel Film Center. The recent inclusion of a New Media program suggests that the department is progressive and provides students with the tools they need to compete in the changing industry.

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