Last week I was honored to be a part of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Dael Olandersmith’s visit to the University of Michigan. She performed her new one woman play, “Forever.”

The performance was incredible – Olandersmith was genuine, honest, and a powerful moment of live theatre. The performance has lingered with me for a week, and I’m sure it will stay with me for quite some time. Do yourself a favor and go see it if you ever have the opportunity to. It was amazing.

Check out a video clip of the performance and a review here.

On November 19th, I was lucky to be the Production Assistant for Frank Pahl’s performance with the University of Michigan’s Living Room Series at Kerrytown. The concert was fantastic and The Lovely and the Wretched were amazing to work with. I have included a video from the event below.

“This is an excerpt from an 11/19/2015 performance by The Lovely and the Wretched. This is the end of a longer suite in five parts. Each section features a nasty three note combination, hence the title, “Three Bad Notes.” It will also be used by Little Bang Theory to accompany the silent film “Laugh Clown Laugh” when the suitor is present. The Lovely and the Wretched are Abby Alwin, Clem Fortuna, Tim Holmes, Frank Pahl, Mary Riccardi, Terri Sarris and Doug Shimmin.”
Video courtesy of Frank Pahl Vimeo. Video by Bob Teagan.

On February 18th, the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities presented Paul Dresher’s “A Picture Screen Stands in Solitude.” This musical composition is based on an essay written by a prisoner at the San Quentin Prison. The event included a performance of the piece, a conversation between Paul Dresher and Nigel Poor (the prison teaching artist), a second performance of the piece, and a talkback.

I was honored to be the Production Assistant on this very special event. We had a very quick two day load-in, tech, and performance – I was sorry to see this project go. It was an absolute pleasure to work on and as an artist with a focus in community engagement, this project really touched me. I’ve included a video of the performance at a different location for reference.

A Picture Screen Stands in Solitude – Paul Dresher. Text by Michael Nelson, with special thanks to Nigel Poor. Video property of Paul Dresher.