I spent the spring and early summer with Amphibian Stage in Fort Worth, TX. (I adore them. Be sure to always check out their programming if you're local because you're in for a thoughtful and fun time always. Sometimes fun means crying your eyes out, sometimes it means laughing your guts out.) This year's 2-week arts festival centers around Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian (MENASA) artists in an effort to better acquaint the theatre industry at large with MENASA artists. This festival, like the whole season, is a beautiful celebration of artists across disciplines and how profoundly new work can affect the future of performing arts.
I transported artists, read plays, selected sides for the first-ever SparkFest Acting Competition, saw great theatre and theatre-in-progress (hot topic: isn't theatre constantly in-progress? more on that later), and mostly met the amazing people involved. I will be forever grateful for this time and am a forever fan of these actors, artistic staff, musicians, playwrights, and singers.
I'd love to continue to uplift these artists. If you would, please take a look at the links below, take some time, and love on them, too!