How long have you been a member of Partial Comfort? Since August 2007 - almost three years now.
How did you initially find out about Partial Comfort? What made you decide you wanted to be a member?
I attended Sam Marks' wedding, and met Chad and Molly and a number of PCP members. We drank a lot and danced a lot and had a great time -- it was such a fun summer night in Brooklyn. Chad and I kept in touch because we are both teaching artists and about a year later he asked me to come to their retreat.
I was excited by the sheer amount of work that happens at those retreats -- you work on a new play everyday, and see three new play readings a night for four days. I loved the work ethic and the level of talent and the level of talent, and the niceness -- everyone was very kind and charming. Also, there were bonfires.
When people ask you why you want to be a member of an ensemble, what do you usually tell them?
It is the most fun to do plays with your friends, and working in an ensemble creates a specific chemistry on stage like nothing else. Also, plays are more successful when the playwright is writing for actors he or she knows.
What are some projects (reading, workshops, plays) that you've enjoyed working on with the company?
I was in Thomas Bradshaw's The Bereaved last September at the Wild Project, which was so much fun! I have been in several new readings -- two of Chad's and one of Robert O'Hara's, and I directed a reading of a ply by Ed Cardona.
What projects (with or outside of Partial Comfort) have you recently worked on or do you have lined up?
I just finished The Really Big Once with Target Margin Theatre -- and PCP member Maria-Christina Oliveras was in that as well, which was great! In June, I am starting rehearsal for a play called Freedom Club, which will be produced in Philadelphia in September and in New York in January 2011.
Talk a little bit about the professional relationships you've formed as a part of this company.
More than anything is the idea that you have a group of artists who you can approach for help about anything -- be it creative or practical -- and you will be supported. I had to audition for an agent last year who wanted to see a scene -- and I asked (company member) Jeffrey Nauman to work with me. I had only a short time to prepare, but Jeff was completely generous with his time in rehearsing. We were working together for the first time, but we had an easy trust with each other because of PCP. Jeff pushed me to be better.
What do you find inspiring/exciting about being a company member? What do you find challenging and/or what have you learned?
What has inspired me are all the little ways company members encourage each other. Not just professionally by working together or connecting each other to opportunities, but little things like sending e-mails of support.
It would be great if we could all turn out to see each other's work more often. But this is a group that is filled with artists who have multiple focuses: performance, writing, directing, teaching, being parents and partners -- everyone is leading very full lives. The fact that so many come together each year for the retreat is a great inspiration.
What would you like people to know about Partial Comfort?
There is no way to calculate how much it means to have a support system in New York that cheers you on when you are doing well and keeps you calm and focused when you feel adrift. The people that make up this company are fantastic.
Any additional thoughts/comments about any aspect of the company/being a member/other members/NYC theater/etc
Everyone is working so hard right now -- I am always excited to see what people will do next. I am very hopeful that our working paths will keep crossing and that we will all keep steadily rising together.