Staying Faithful When You’re Doubting Everything…

Note: This piece was co-authored with my good friend Belle Alvarez, a fellow Philly artist who’s been sharing the journey with me since our college days. Check out Belle’s work at bellealvarez.com!   You never quite know where a coffee conversation can take you. A few years back, Belle and I met at the Barnes and … Continue reading Staying Faithful When You’re Doubting Everything…

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The Fragile Pathways to the Present…

Edited from a journal entry I wrote upon arriving back from a documentary filmmaking trip to Haiti one year ago: It seems obvious now.  Of course I should be here back in my bed, the rustling of wind through the trees outside my window and the faint sound of a TV downstairs.  But kneeling in … Continue reading The Fragile Pathways to the Present…

The Ben Franklin Invention That Nobody Talks About…

Working as a Philly tour guide the past five years, you get a sense of the things kids learn in school.  Every time we get to Ben Franklin's house and I ask people to name some of his ideas and inventions, the studious ones tend to name the same things: bifocals, volunteer fire departments, swim … Continue reading The Ben Franklin Invention That Nobody Talks About…

Seeing the Place of your Youth through the Eyes of a Grown-Up…

If you've ever wanted a surefire way to keep track of how you've changed over time, try leaving the place you grew up in and live 2000 miles away for five or ten years before returning.   Since you don't have an opportunity to remold your perceptions of the places and people there through newer memories, you … Continue reading Seeing the Place of your Youth through the Eyes of a Grown-Up…

My 5 Greatest Discoveries of 2017…

The year behind me was possibly one of the best years of my life.  I got to be in a commercial, co-direct a documentary about missions in Haiti, work as an assistant music director at a Renaissance Faire, and perform in a Victorian holiday caroling troupe while simultaneously visiting every Lancaster County Christmassy event ever … Continue reading My 5 Greatest Discoveries of 2017…

Making it in the Real World: Reflections from a Year Post-Grad…

A educated bachelor party

Eleven months ago today, I sat through a somewhat dull speech in a giant auditorium wearing an awkward square black hat, and bid farewell to my four-year excursion through the theater higher education system.  As is customary for such an experience, there was a sense of both relief and uncertainty. What's next?  Will a degree in the arts actually help me … Continue reading Making it in the Real World: Reflections from a Year Post-Grad…