The Journey to Present
I felt the pull to create a solo show (a one-woman show) for years before I did it. The Solocom Festival, at the PIT, provided the push for me to finally write one, in 2017. I’ve only written two, to date, but know that there are many more inside of me. Solo shows take the deep connection with an audience that stand-up provided, but allow the freedom of story to rule instead of the imperative of punchlines. I’m a funny person and there will always be jokes, but they don’t lead the charge. Solo shows are a lonely and exhausting journey; they are also not the forever job, but I am closer, warmer, clearer in relation to that nebulous life. Living is an action, not a destination.
Impatient to begin my training I enrolled in improv classes at the People’s Improv Theater. Took all 5 levels and auditioned for House Teams. Scored a house team spot after the second audition and played for 4 seasons - stepping away at the beginning of the 5th for a paid improv experience. All my indy teams I joined were connected classmates and peers from the PIT. I’m still on a team today. It is a skill I want to be fresh and a connection to playfulness and presence that relates to every aspect of my life.
I found my path in comedic entertainment on the stand-up stages in San Francisco. It felt like home. I love words, writing jokes was word-math combined with people power and I loved it. I loved finding humor and freedom in the truth about life. I also knew that I wasn’t meant to be a stand-up as my forever, so I started down the road to experience the other things that fell under the umbrella of “Comedy.” Off to NY to learn improv and sketch… maybe they were the forever job?