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The Validity of Dreams

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in August 2014, Blog | 0 comments

The Validity of Dreams

I discovered at a very tender age that I had the ability to actually tell stories and change people’s lives. From that time I struggled to find the right medium to use to tell these stories. I tried different ones: the pen, the voice, the brush but still I could not find the “right satisfaction” that I longed for. Through time, I found that my body was my perfect medium. I started using it and bang! All the “right satisfaction” came.

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William, August and Andre in Zimbabwe

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in August 2014, Blog | 0 comments

William, August and Andre in Zimbabwe

When Danai first approached me to lead a Shakespeare and August Wilson acting workshop in Zimbabwe, I was equal parts thrilled and terrified. My career thus far involved mostly working as an actor, and my teaching experience was minimal. In preparation, I scoured through all my old acting notes and brushed up on the eight plays we would cover in class. More than anything, I wanted our group of actors to feel and function like a true ensemble in our two weeks together. It was vital that every person feel empowered, speak their mind, and make bold choices while also supporting the work of their comrades. Though I was asked to teach this workshop, it became quite clear that I would be learning a great deal myself. “

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Getting Closer to a Dream: A Zimbabwean in America

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in August 2014, Blog | 0 comments

Getting Closer to a Dream: A Zimbabwean in America

I got an email today from one of my favorite Zimbabwean Artists. Tafadzwa Bob Mutumbi (affectionately called TafBob by many, a meshing of his African and Western names) is a face I am sure you all know well by now if you have received our newsletters, browsed our website or looked at our e – blasts. He has been a part of almost every Almasi workshop, production and staged reading we have conducted. I met him several years ago, he was in the graduating class of my dear friend Craig Peter’s acting course. I taught him there and was immediately drawn to his spirit, his adoration of the craft, his deep desire to learn, to grow – to be the best he could be. His energy was infectious and I could always rely on him to go above and beyond. It was from meeting people like him, people who come from hard and disadvantaged backgrounds – but who are determined to grow to their fullest potential in this most precarious of fields – that led me to start giving back and bringing access to the Zimbabwean artist. That type of commitment and talent deserved support and opportunity.

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