Photos/Highlights from my recent trip to The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for my 4th year as a guest artist.
I just returned from my 4th year as being a guest artist at KCACTF Region 1, which took place in Hyannis, Massachussets. It's always an incredible amount of work, but also incredibly fulfilling. I directed a concert reading of a delightful full length play by John Nordt called "Night #3" (and one of my actors won for Best Performance!), I taught two workshops, and wrote 5 plays for the One Minute Play Festival. I'm tired just writing about it! Check out some of the fotos below. Thanks for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for continuing to bring me back.
I've been so bad about posting updates. Had the pleasure this past November to be a part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's: Asking for Trouble, in Julia Doolittle's short play "Corrupted and Encrypted" with Jonathan Randall Silver and Abigail Gampel. Directed
All About Solo gives Pier Valentino's: Show Without End! (The Final Broadcast) 4.5 stars! Red the review below!
Is there a tear in your eye, cuz the end is nigh? You’re not alone gentle freaks and humble geeks! For over a decade, from the basement of Pier’s mother’s Foccaceria, Show Without End! has broadcast between midnight and 4am every Monday (and occasional Thursday), just after Barry Weatherjam’s Bagpipe and Kazoo Jamboree Hour, to various Bay Area public access channels, and to homes across the country with mighty rabbit ear antennae. And in the hour (or so) before the careening asteroid collides with our trembling planet and rear ends us into the cold vacuum of the Milky Way, Pier would like you to consider yourself welcome to share the end…on the final broadcast of Show Without End!
Dec 13th and 14th @7pm!
Pier Valentino's: Show Without End! (The Final Broadcast) is presented as part of the So-fi Festival at Torn Page (435 W 22nd Street, 2nd floor) on a double bill with St Kilda by Jody Christopherson.
Tickets are $15- $25 in advance, or $20 at the door for individual shows. A $25 full evening package consists of, 645pm pre-show cocktails, a 7 pm performance, followed by a wicked interactive beverage interlude, (Lady Brewster Will Burn by Erika Phoebus), followed by an 8 pm performance, for a full run time of roughly 2.5 hours. $15 Tickets to individual shows may also be purchased. For more info and a full festival line-up please visit: https://www.so-fi-festival.com/
Direct ticket link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3914736
Nico began development on this project with the support of the Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury, VT and will be returning in February to perform the full length show. For more info on Nico’s other artistic work, please visit: www.nicgrelli.com
Nidia Medina is a Latina theatre artist of various disciplines who is dedicated to challenging and advancing American Theatre in any and every way she can. She believes ferociously in new voices and a diverse community. She is currently Associate Producer and Director of the Studio at Theatre for a New Audience.
photo by Reese Muntean
Played an Australian Cult Leader in a reading J. Julian Christopher's 'Bundle of Sticks' directed by Christopher Burris, part of Pipeline Theatre's Week of Extraordinary Risk
Had a lovely time working with the fierce and delightful talents over at Pipeline Theatre Co. on my dear friend J Julian Christopher's bold, hilairous, and exciting new play 'Bundle of Sticks.' And had the pleasure of finally getting to work with director Christopher Burris, whose work I've admired for many years.
Workshops for my plays "A Priori A Posteriori' and "Private Catholic Mixtape '89-01" with The Tank and Theatre 167 were a great success!
I was fortunate enough to receive a residency from The Tank NYC this past winter to do developmental work on my plays 'A Priori A Posteriori" and 'Private Catholic Mixtape '89-'01' The presentation of A Priori was performed at The Tank, was directed by Nidia Medina and myself, and starred Jen Anaya, Eric Miller, Perri Yaniv, Rami Margron, Blythe Foster, and Hennessy. Theatre 167 produced the presentation of "Private Catholic' as part of their Wet Ink Festival, and it starred Jen Anaya, Stacey Raymond, William Oliver Watkins, Jody Christopherson, Sharina Martin, Laura Lamberti, Rocky Vega, and Matt Welsh.
I had the privilege of working intensely for three months with my Epic Theatre Ensemble/Urban Assembly of Harlem students on their incredible re-telling of Romeo and Juliet, under the direction of Artistic Director Melissa Friedman. I was not only fight director, choreographer, and acting mentor for over 30 students, but I also played Friar Laurence. We had a soft out 5 days run at The National Black Theatre and our audiences were blown away. It's an experience I will never forget. It's a great honor and joy to be a teaching artist with Epic, and this production was particularly special. Hope to see you at the shows this next year!
From wh auden's September 1, 1939:
"Defenceless under the night /Our world in stupor lies; /Yet, dotted everywhere, /Ironic points of light /Flash out wherever the Just /Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them /Of Eros and of dust,/ Beleaguered by the same /Negation and despair/, Show an affirming flame."