More than a year has gone by since my last update, and it has been an incredible, eventful time, though the year brought its share of trials. Since you last heard form me, some really exciting artistic partnerships have been formed, new friends made, and a lot of work that I’m really proud of has come and gone. I’ve directed shows in North Carolina, Louisiana, Ohio and (of course) Pennsylvania, and (if all goes well) I will be at the helm of a fantastic project in Oklahoma this fall. (Stay tuned!) Since “Pan: The True Story of Peter Pan” at the Gilbert Theatre in NC, I have opened and closed: “The Walls” (Westminster College), “By the Bog of Cats” (Centenary College, Shreveport LA), “A Love Affair” (South Park Theatre), “Come and Go” (Marietta College), “Animal Farm” (Prime Stage Theatre), “Northanger Abbey” (Westminster College), “Making God Laugh” (in it’s last week at South Park), and am in rehearsal with Beth Corning of CorningWorks Dance Company for “Rockaby” (opening September 9). This year I also trod the boards as an actor for the first time in I-don’t-know how long last October (doing Beckett, no less!), and began rewarding work as a standardized patient for the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and Grodin Simulators.
The path to work as a standardized patient began when my father fell in February 2014, two weeks after I returned from North Carolina. (This is where the trials came in, if you’re keeping track.) He went through surgery, hospital and nursing home rehab, a stroke, more rehab, and was finally able to come home with us for three months before moving back to Ohio where he received excellent care until his death in November. The experiences I had with the medical community were so unforgettable that I leapt at the opportunity to work as a standardized patient and -hopefully- make a difference in the quality of care that real patients and their families receive.
The past 18 months, in a nutshell.