Even though two weeks of school have passed, I’m still recovering from a whirlwind of a month spent in Bulgaria. From July to the beginning of August, I spent my time at the Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory learning new techniques, creating new works, and reviving an older work in a new language. I attended the program as a part time student and, thanks to a grant from Southwestern, as the musical director for the Bulgarian workshop of the musical revue Bittersuite: Songs of Experience, by Michael Champagne and Elliot Weiss. I had the fortune of working with SU senior Rachel Hoovler, SU professor and director Rick Roemer, a cast of four dedicated and incredibly talented Bulgarian professionals, and most importantly, a wonderful translator, Daisy Karapetkov. I learned an incredible amount from the experience and got the chance to know many wonderful theatre artists from all over.
Of course, I’m thrilled to be back at SU for the semester. In these first two weeks alone, I’ve gotten to know a lot of awesome freshman as a first year-RA and have logged countless hours of rehearsal for the theatre department’s production of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9. (I’ll shamelessly plug that show in another post, I’m sure). On that note, I’ve got to run and work on lines. Enjoy the pictures from Bulgaria!