“You’re different”

“You’re different”

It all started with 2 words: “You’re different.” 16 years ago I was teaching voice and acting at Foothill Community College. I thought I’d be in theatre full-time and do that forever. But the Universe had something else in store for me … One day after class, a female...
Stop trying to calm down

Stop trying to calm down

It’s 1937. Just as Sir Laurence Olivier is about to step onstage at the Old Vic Theatre for the Royal Shakespeare Company, he excuses himself to go throw up.  Sir Laurence Olivier is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors of all time. Rumor has...
Are You Willing?

Are You Willing?

          “Nooooo!” Screamed the voice in my head as I walked past my still silent student. For years, I taught college theater classes on high school campuses in East Palo Alto. I’d tried what felt like a gazillion different things to get...
Ragamuffins, whispers & the call

Ragamuffins, whispers & the call

At just 14 years old, I found myself in charge of a bunch of screaming 10 year old girls. It had all started on the whim of a friend … We were part of a ponytail softball dynasty of sorts: The Ragamuffins. My friend convinced me that we’d make great coaches for the...
Mic’d up, Garbled, and silenced

Mic’d up, Garbled, and silenced

10 years ago, at a very well known public speaking conference, a group of people swarmed my table like a bunch of buzzing bees. They surrounded me on the break, each asking different versions of the same question: Why can’t we understand her? One of the speakers,...
Let Your Inner Wild One Out to Play

Let Your Inner Wild One Out to Play

Why do we suppress our inner WILD ones? Maybe it’s because they made us feel like we’re “too much” and “not enough” at the same time. Maybe we’re afraid that if we really owned our power, “they” couldn’t handle it. Or, maybe we’re secretly afraid that WE can’t handle...