Photo by Bliss Braoudakis
"...Ladies & Gentlemen of Colour" SOLD OUT Closing
October 30, 2022
After a SOLD OUT weekend our workshop production of White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour (directed by Bruce Lemon Jr., written by me, and devised by our ensemble) has come to an end. The response has been overwhelming and powerful; I am eternally grateful to everyone who held space with us during this limited run. Follow our play's development and to contribute to our fundraiser here.
ISC Support Black Theatre Night
October 28, 2022
ISC will be hosting Support Black Theatre Night at this Friday's performance which will be followed by a talkback facilitated by Sydney Rogers and a reception with food and drink from local Black owned businesses Big Man Bakes, Say Cheese, and McBride Sisters. Learn more about SBT here and our production here.
"...Ladies & Gentlemen of Colour" Weekend #2
October 27, 2022
Word is out and tickets for White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour are going FAST! Our second and final weekend offers special post-show events. Friday will be Support Black Theatre Night and Saturday night's performance will be followed by a reception with the cast. Get your tickets before they are gone here.
Azad Archives Interview
October 26, 2022
Last year in September of 2021 I had the privilege of being interviewed by Araxie Cass for Azad Archives' Azad Sparks Series about my identity and organizing work within teh Armenian community. You can read the full article here.
"...Ladies & Gentlemen of Colour" Performances Begin!
October 20, 2022
Independent Shakespeare Co.'s White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour begins its limited run of 8 performances today! We run until October 30th Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Learn more and contribute to our production here.
"...Ladies & Gentlemen of Colour" Workshop Tickets Are Live
October 2, 2022
The moment has arrived; Independent Shakespeare Co.'s workshop production of White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour will run for a limited engagement of 8 performances October 20-30th. This is an incredibly special project as I am playwright, devisor, and performer. Buy tickets and learn more here.
USC "Empower" Facilitator and Panelist
September 16, 2022
It was an honor to facilitate the Empower: Students, Arts, and Activism panel, mixer, and catalyst for USC students. This Arts in Action event was part of the University's Visions and Voices Initiative. Learn more about the event here.
"Macbeth" Closes with Stage Raw Recommendation
September 4, 2022
"Macbeth" Enters Third Weekend with Review
August 17, 2022
Macbeth continues our run Wednesdays through Sundays at 7pm until September 4th! Read our Stage and Cinema review here. Check out Grettel Cortes' production stills here and portraits shots here. Find Knight of the Burning Pestle reviews here and production stills here. Learn more about the festival and register here.
"Macbeth" Back for Weekend #2!
August 10, 2022
After a bloody first weekend of Macbeth performances, we are back Wednesdays through Sundays at 7pm until September 4th! Check out Grettel Cortes' production stills here and portraits shots here. Find Knight of the Burning Pestle reviews here and production stills here. Learn more about the festival and register here.
August 6, 2022
"Knight of the Burning Pestle" Closing Weekend
July 27, 2022
The beautiful joyride that is Knight of the Burning Pestle is coming to an end! Join us for our pre-show Faire this Saturday or any day this week! We must close on July 31st because Macbeth begins August 6th! Find reviews here and production stills here. Learn more about the festival and register here.
"Pestle" Stage Raw Recommended
July 24, 2022
Pestle received another wonderful review and is now Stage Raw Recommended! Martίn Hernández noted, "Mekertichyan and Morales evince a credible charisma as the young lovers". Pestle runs for one more week Wednesday-Sunday at 7pm until July 31st and is followed by Macbeth. Check out production stills by Grettel Cortes here. Learn more about the festival and register here.
"Pestle" Review & Performances
July 15, 2022
Pestle received a lovely review from Broadway World's Evan Henerson. Following this weekend, Pestle runs for two more weeks Wednesdays through Sundays at 7pm until July 31st and is followed by Macbeth. Check out production stills by Grettel Cortes here. Learn more about the festival and register here.
"Knight of the Burning Pestle" Second Week of Performances!
July 6, 2022
We had a wonderful first weekend of Pestle performances in Griffith Park and are back for our first full week of shows (and press opening!). Knight runs Wednesdays through Sundays at 7pm until July 31st and is followed by Macbeth. Check out my character portrait shots by Grettel Cortes here. Learn more about the festival and register here. Donate to my fundraiser here!
"Knight of the Burning Pestle" Begins!
July 2, 2022
Our first show of the summer, Knight of the Burning Pestle, has begun performances in Griffith Park! Pestle runs Wednesdays through Sundays at 7pm until July 31st and is followed by Macbeth. Learn more about the festival and register here. Watch the cast announcement here. Donate to my fundraiser here!
HyeBred Magazine Publication
June 20, 2022
My poem if we back each other up we can (re)turn mountains was published in HyeBred Magazine Issue #11 Proverbs. This piece is a meditation on the way our community often alienates both those who are not part of this community and those within our community who deviate from preconceived notions of what it means to “be Armenian”. Read the issue here.
Community Action Update Podcast
June 15, 2022
For this quarter's Community Action Update I interviewed local representative and award winning theatre artist Kristina Wong, ISC Board member Ebony Murphy-Root, and Aisha Kabia performs a speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Listen to the episode here!
Began Rehearsals for GPSF '22
June 6, 2022
"LATP" selected for the Marina Del Rey Film Festival
June 4, 2022
ISC Annual Fundraising Gala
May 21, 2022
ISC's 2022 fundraising gala was back in person with A Knight at Club Hecate, which successfully raised funds for the upcoming Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. Contribute to ISC here!
ISC Huntington Performance
May 11, 2022
I performed sections of Romeo & Juliet and broke down the text with my fellow ISC ensemble members Patrick and Daniel as part of Carson High School's Deep Learning Day at The Huntington Library! We had a wonderful and engaged group of 10th-12th grade students join us in the Garden Court.
Co-Authored Federal Arts Funding Legislation
April 28, 2022
April 27, 2022
I had the pleasure of lecturing at UCLA once again as part of Professor Kane's UCLA VAPAE 20 class. This time I was joined by Jimmy Wu as we shared our experiences working with the arts in corrections and I led the students through a workshop and writing exercise.
Ancestor Portrait Series
April 24, 2022
For this year's Armenian Genocide Commemoration, I was able to share “Mamig and Babig” shot and edited by Kristin Anahit Cass as part of their Ancestor Portrait Series. For these portraits I recreated photos of my grandparents with images of our Artsakh behind me. View both photos here.
CTG Going Pro Fair
April 23, 2022
I spoke to current college students and recent graduates as part of Center Theatre Group's Going Pro Fair. This closing forum was titled Don't Dream It. Be it. and featured myself and Julyza Commodore as young professional game changers in the LA theater community and was moderated by David Stewart. Learn more about Going Pro 2022 here.
PCC Panel on Genocide and Resilience
April 18, 2022
This year marks 107 years since the start of the Armenian Genocide. It was a gift to hold space with a panel of incredible individuals as we explored the resilience of communities that have experienced genocide and political violence. The Disruption, Denial, and Innovation Panel was held from 12-2pm at Pasadena City College and sponsored by PCC Jan and the PCC ASA. Learn more here.
Finished First SBT Talk Forward
April 10, 2022
Support Black Theatre's cohort of Black women has been meeting as part of SBT's very first Talk Forward once a week for the last month. This series culminated in a viewing of Both And... at Boston Court Pasadena, after which I led a talkback with playwright and performer Carolyn Ratteray and Director Andi Chapman. Learn more about SBT here and get tickets here.
Devising Session #3 of ISC New Play Development
March 13, 2022
We wrapped up our final devising intensive for ISC's New Play Development White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour! You can learn more about the project and DONATE directly here.
"Live at the Porpentine" Weekend #1 and Virtual Lounge
March 12, 2022
"It is Earned" Commission from Invertigo Dance
February 28, 2022
I was commissioned by Invertigo Dance Company to write my poem titled It Is Earned in honor of Black History month as part of their Moving In Time series. This collaboration between poet, musician, and dancer also features the music of Diana Lynn and the movement of Bernard Brown. You can watch on vimeo here.
New "Live at the Porpentine" Trailer
February 23, 2022
Iambic Lab: Born from the Ensemble
February 20, 2022
After a full day of devising work, Sabra Williams, Patrick Batiste, Bukola Ogunmola, and myself spoke in a salon as part of this year's Iambic Lab. You can watch the full Borne From The Ensemble talk here. You can learn more about White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour and DONATE directly here. Register for our other Iambic Lab events here.
February 16, 2022
It was an honor to guest lecture on my work as a teaching artist with incarcerated youth for Professor Kane's UCLA VAPAE 105 class.
Blklst Instagram Live
February 11, 2022
I had a wonderful time speaking with Blklst Co-Founder A'raelle Flynn-Bolden during the Name Your Monster Instagram Live event. the discussion was centered on naming harm within the Los Angeles theater community, and the Southern California Living Document I created as a means of accountability for said harm. Submit you account of harm here. You can watch the full Instagram Live talk here.
Register to Stream "Live at the Porpentine!"
February 11, 2022
One month from today you will have the opportunity to stream the final version of our feature film Live at the Porpentine. This was my first principal role in a feature, and I was blessed to share this journey with my ISC family. Register to stream weekends from March 11th-20th here.
Valentine Sweets Shoot
February 3, 2022
Completed Second New Play Development Devising Intensive
December 5, 2021
We closed out the second session of intensive devising for Indyshakes New Play Development project. To donate and learn more about this project devised by our Black ensemble members and currently titled White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour click here.
"Live at the Porpentine!" Premiere Screenings
November 12, 2021
Our feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, Live at the Porpentine! will be presented at the ISC studio! Experience the film in our Porpentine set while enjoying costume and prop pieces and our open bar. Learn more and reserve tickets here.
"In the Upper Room" Denver Center Reading at Boston Court
October 30, 2021
I had the pleasure of reading stage directions for the Denver Center's workshop reading of In the Upper Room at Boston Court. The reading and future 2022 production are directed by Gregg T. Daniel.
October Community Action Update
October 28, 2021
Filmed "Meadowlark Falls" On Location in Mt. Baldy
October 11, 2021
Meadowlark Falls is back! Our immersive holiday experience is back this holiday season and we filmed this year's installment on location in Mt. Baldy this year! Purchase your experience here by December 3rd!.
Named Director of Programs at Support Black Theatre
September 15, 2021
I have begun to work in a formal capacity with Support Black Theatre as their Director of Programs! It is an honor to work with an organization I love that is doing such wonderful work in our arts community. Follow SBT here.
September Community Action Update
September 28, 2021
New REVERIE Campaign Launch
September 14, 2021
I am honored to be one of the faces of sustainable haircare brand Reverie's new campaign. Reverie is made with intention here in California! Shop Reverie here and stay tuned for more photos from the campaign launch.
September 13, 2021
It was a joy to provide narration for my friend Henry Alexander Kelly's Pilot Script Collectathon. Learn more about the project and find the digital program here.
LA ARTS and BLKLST Launch!
September 8, 2021
I am honored to share what has been the culmination of a year and a half of difficult and traumatic work. The Los Angeles Anti- Racist Theatre Standards (LA ARTS) are now live and can be read here. I co-authored the standards with an incredible collective of predominantly BIPOC theatre artists. I am also a contributor to The BLKLST, which is the organization that will implement the standards and ensure theaters are held accountable. My living document of harm will now be housed by the BLKLST as well.
"The Tempest" Closing Night!
September 5, 2021
New Play Development Salon and Fundraiser
September 5, 2021
Join ISC ensemble members Sabra Williams, Brent Charles, Patrick Batiste, and myself before the closing night performance of The Tempest as we have a salon discussion exploring ISC's New Play Development project titled White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour. Learn more about the project and DONATE here. Find information on the summer festival here.
Spectrum News 1 Interview
August 31, 2021
I was featured in a Spectrum News 1 segment about Independent Shakespeare Co.'s The Tempest. You can watch the segment here, and also read about ISC's hygiene kit drive with SELAH this summer which didn't make it into the segment. Reserve your tickets here. Find information on the summer festival here. View our digital playbill here.
August Community Action Update
August 27, 2021
My August Community Action Update is a special summer episode highlighting SELAH, the organization ISC has partnered with this summer to collect hygiene kits and supplies for our unhoused neighbors. I interview SELAH Co-Founder Cat Kim, who speaks about SELAH's inception and ways we can all make a difference in our communities. Listen on spotify here. Find links to take action here.
"The Tempest" Press & Opening
August 14, 2021
The Tempest has been featured in a number of articles including The New York Times. We were featured as an LA Times Best Bet for the Weekend in addition to their feature on the pandemic challenges we have faced and recent vandalism. The Tempest had our official press opening on August 14th. Tickets are FREE and available for reservation 7 days in advance of each performance. Reserve your tickets here. Find information on the summer festival here. View our digital playbill here.
"The Tempest" Begins Performances
August 7, 2021
Weekend 1 of GPSF Tickets to be Released!
July 30, 2021
Tickets for the first performance of Independent Shakespeare Co.'s The Tempest will be released Saturday July 1st at 10am! Tickets are free and become available for reservation 7 days in advance of each performance. Reserve your tickets here. Find information on the summer festival here. View our cast announcement here.
"Modern Taraz" Photo Shoot
July 21, 2021
I was beautifully photographed by Christina Wefki Naguib in a blend of traditional Armenian dress and modern style. The Taraz headdresses were custom made by Meri Kostanyan. Check out the set here.
"The Tempest" Cast Announcement
July 15, 2021
We began rehearsals of Independent Shakespeare Co.'s The Tempest earlier this week and have officially announced our cast! The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival is still FREE, but due to COVID, we must take reservations for socially distanced pods. Space is extremely limited and tickets will be released for each performance 7 days in advance. Find information on the summer festival and reservations here. View our cast announcement here.
Womens' Theatre Festival Panelist Announcement
July 10, 2021
I am honored to be a featured panelist at the National Women’s Theatre Festival Convention 2021! The Big Changes & Resilience panel will be moderated by WTF Executive Artistic Director Johannah Maynard Edwards, explore how to dig deep, reexamine, redefine, and stand in your resilience in times of chaos, change, and social reckoning. The panel will be held July 22nd at 1pm EST. Register here.
Wrapped Feature "Live at the Porpentine!"
June 30, 2021
After a month of production, we've wrapped Independent Shakespeare Co.'s feature film Live at the Porpentine: The Comedy of Errors! I had a blast portraying Luciana in my first feature film experience which also marked our return to full in-person production. Donate to ISC here. View our COE cast announcement here.
Skylight Live! "FREEDOM: A Look Back/A Look Forward”
June 21, 2021
It was an honor to speak on Skylight Theatre's Panel FREEDOM: “A Look Back/A Look Forward” alongside Celia Mandela Rivera and Kristina Wong, moderated by Lee Sherman. The discussion will be available to stream for the next 7 days here.
ISC New Play Development Announcement
June 19, 2021
Independent Shakespeare Co. has officially announced our New Play Development project with the working title White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour! To learn more, visit the landing page here and read our Broadway World Announcement here.
Hye Pride Performer
June 17, 2021
I will be one of many virtually performers for Equality Armenia's Hye Pride Event. I will be singing a stripped down version of "Believe" by Cher. I will continue to be the best ally that I can to the LGBTQIa2s+ community and am honored to be included. Buy tickets for the June 26th events here.
Began filming "Live at the Porpentine: The Comedy of Errors"
June 5, 2021
Production has begun on Independent Shakespeare Co.'s film Live at the Porpentine: The Comedy of Errors. My first shooting day was spent at Jim Henson Studios! I can't wait to discover this piece with my creative home during this month filming. Donate to ISC here. View our COE cast announcement here.
Photo Shoot with Carina Conti
June 1, 2021
Filmed Next Installment of "Boys About Town"
May 31, 2021
We filmed our latest installment of Michael Cuenca's Boys About Town, a story that will be told over the course of five years. Check out the imdb here.
USC Network Nations Panel
May 26, 2021
It was an honor to speak on the USC Institute of Armenian Studies Network Nation panel. The panel was hosted by Salpi Ghazarian, Dr. Shushan Karapetian, and Dr. Vicken Cheterian. Guests included Arman Tatoyan, (Armenia's Human Rights Defender), Ruben Vardanyan, Hambardzum Kaghketsyan, and Professor Sebouh Aslanian. Watch the video video here.
Rogue Artists' "Love Note" Immersive Experience is live!
May 15, 2021
I provided voiceover for Rogue Artist Ensemble's Love Note immersive experience. Love Note is a free, interactive, solo audio expedition of your heart, taking place in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park, where audience members can activate sonic narrative experiences at eight unique stops throughout the park. You can also participate online. Love Note runs until June 30th. Learn more here.
Cast in "Comedy of Errors"
May 15, 2021
During our Shakespeare & Chill fundraiser we announced Indyshakes' cast of our Comedy of Errors film and I am thrilled to share that I will be playing Luciana. We will also be back live in the park this summer with a limited production of The Tempest. View our COE cast announcement here.
"Shakespeare & Chill" Fundraiser
May 15, 2021
Independent Shakespeare Co.'s annual fundraiser is getting scandalous this year with Shakespeare & Chill: A Bawdy Ball! There will be burlesque performances and explorations of Shakespeare's "adult" themes. I will be hosting sharing live auction updates. This event is virtual and 18+. Learn more about the event and reserve your tickets here.
Arts Advocacy and Social Justice Art Break with Sabra Williams
April 30, 2021
In our latest ISC Art Break podcast, I interviewed Sabra Williams about social justice, the power of the arts, and the many ways we can dismantle systemic white supremacy. Listen on spotify here.
"To Intervene at a Distance" Panel
April 29, 2021
I will be speaking on a panel in which featured artists from Sites of Fracture: Diasporic Imaginings of Occupied Artsakh will explore how diasporic cultural workers can intervene in a crisis at a distance. Find an overview of the exhibition here, programming details here, and view the exhibition here. You can register for the panel here. and watch the event here if you miss it.
The Armenian Weekly Article
April 24, 2021
I wrote a personal article published on this day, April 24th, that we commemorate the Armenian Genocide. I explore what President Biden's formal recognition means and why we must demand reparations within the frame of a requiem for my late Grandtatik Nvart. Read the article here.
Generation Ratify Panel
April 23, 2021
"Sites of Fracture" Virtual Gallery Launch
April 19, 2021
Yerazad Coalition created a virtual art piece that will be featured alongside the work of a number of incredible Armenian artists in Sites of Fracture: Diasporic Imaginings of Occupied Artsakh. The virtual exhibit launched today! Find an overview here, programming details here, and view the exhibition here. You can also register for the panel I will be speaking on April 29th here.
"Finding Pandora" High School Students' Production
April 14, 2021
My Unusual Suspects students from San Fernando High School had an incredible culmination! Through green screen magic and OBS software, we were able to bring the virtual production of their original play Finding Pandora to life. Watch the production here.
April Community Action Update
April 2, 2021
"Black Womxn's Performance Night"
March 30, 2021
I had the honor of collaborating with my Comb Your Hair castmate Alexa Crismon and playwright Leelee Jackson as part of Black Womxn's Performance Night presented by the Berkeley MSW program's Black Caucus. I performed three of my own spoken word poems and revisited one of Leelee's pieces from Comb. It was an honor to hold virtual space with these powerful Black women.
Signed Theatrically with Danis, Panaro, & Nist
March 23, 2021
I am thrilled to announce that I signed theatrically with Lindsay Mass at DPN Talent. I am now signed across the board at DPN, as I am also repped commercially by Jennifer York. Learn more about DPN here.
March Community Action Update
March 10, 2021
In my March Community Action Update, I discuss ways you can support the AAPI community and #StopAsianHate, Save the San Marcos Foothills, stand with victims of police brutality, and save a senior living facility. Listen on spotify here. Find links to take action here.
MeetCute Anniversary Event
March 10, 2021
A year ago I was thrilled to see my play Win Win produced as part of MeetCute LA. Unfortunately it would be our last live theater event for some time. My director Bruce Lemon and I will be speaking at MeetCute's Anniversary event about our work and activism in the year since. Register for the event March 10th at 5:30pm here.
Finished First Phase of ISC New Play Development
March 6, 2021
Alongside ISC ensemble members Patrick Batiste, Brent Charles, Aisha Kabia, Bukola Ogunmola, and Sabra Williams, we completed the first phase of our new play development process centering Black voices. Our production is set for a workshop fall 2021 with a full production slated for spring 2022. Learn more here.
February 26, 2021
Our performance of Claudia Rankine's Citizen was followed by a powerful talkback. This production was part of Colorado State University's On the Brink Reading Series. It was directed by Aisha Kabia and featured my fellow ISC ensemble members Patrick Batiste, Bukola Ogunmola, and Colorado State Students. You can watch the performance here. You can learn more about the cast and production and reserve tickets here.
Began Rehearsals for "Citizen"
February 22, 2021
I began rehearsals for a reading of Claudia Rankine's Citizen, directed by the lovely Aisha Kabia. This production is part of Colorado State University's On the Brink Reading Series. In addition to Aisha, I have the privilege of working with my fellow ISC ensemble members Patrick Batiste and Bukola Ogunmola and Colorado State Students. You can learn more about the cast and production and reserve tickets here.
Justice Organizing in the U.S. Armenian Community Panel
February 21, 2021
I am honored to represent Yerazad on Armenian Action Network's Justice Organizing in the U.S. Armenian Community Panel. You can register here. If you missed the event, you can watch it here. Follow Yerazad on all social media platforms and get involved by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on instagram here and check out our linktree here.
Art Break Interview with Xavi Moreno and Richard Azurdia
February 19, 2021
Began ISC New Play Development
February 6, 2021
We began our new play development process at Independent Shakespeare Co. which will center and uplift Black voices. Together with ensemble members Patrick Batiste, Brent Charles, Aisha Kabia, Bukola Ogunmola, and Sabra Williams, we begin a 5-week exploratory research session. Our production is set for a workshop fall 2021 and full production in spring 2022. Learn more here.
LAist Racism 101 Asked and Answered: Black & White?
February 5, 2021
My second response for LAist's Racism 101 series is live! Learn more about Racism 101 here and read about this question here. Have a question you want answered? Ask it here.
February Community Action Update
February 5, 2021
Take Two Interview on Allyship Broadcast on NPR/KPCC
January 28, 2021
January 18, 2021
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we launched Yerazad. I co-founded Yerazad to uplift and center all Armenians (Mixed race, LGBTQI2S, undocumented) while working to build Transnational solidarity. You can follow Yerazad on all social media platforms and get involved by emailing me email@example.com. Follow us on instagram here and check out our linktree here.
Named an Arts for LA 2021 ACTIVATE Delegate
January 15, 2021
I am thrilled to announce that I was selected to be an Arts for LA ACTIVATE Delegate. Delegates will focus on building power and creating sustained change in Arts for LA’s four policy areas: affordable spaces for artists, creative career pathways, equitable arts education, and equitable arts funding. Meet the Activate delegates here.
"Storage Run" Part III Drops!
January 1, 2021
The conclusion of Rogue Artists Ensemble's three-part choose your own holiday adventure Storage Run drops tonight at 7pm. In this installment you will follow Mike (played by myself) and a robot named Fred (Tim Kopacz) as they try to escape Rogue storage! Tickets are "Pay What You Can" and you can watch all three parts until the end of the month! Read the Broadway World announcement here. Watch the trailer here. Reserve your Storage Run tickets here.
"Storage Run" Part I Drops!
December 18, 2020
Part I of Rogue Artists Ensemble's three-part choose your own holiday adventure Storage Run drops tonight at 7pm. Follow Mike (played by Miles Taber, Amir Levi, and myself) and a robot named Fred (Tim Kopacz) as they try to escape Rogue storage! Tickets are "Pay What You Can". Parts II & III drop December 25th and January 1st. Read the Broadway World announcement here. Watch the trailer here. Reserve your Storage Run tickets here.
Stream "Band" on all Platforms!
December 17, 2020
Our quarantine film Band, directed by Tonya Kay, is now available to stream on various platforms. Since Band's premiere, it was named an official selection of the American Golden Picture International Film Festival where it received Best Quarantine Film honors. Band was also honored as a Finalist in the Quarantine Stories category in the Beyond the Curve International Film Festival. Watch Band here. Check out the IMDb here.
Donate to ISC's Imagining Tomorrow Fund!
December 17, 2020
I have been conducting interviews with members of our ISC family as part of our fundraiser to invest in Independent Shakespeare Company's future. Contribute to ISC so we can continue to make theater accessible, serve our community, and ensure our cast and creative team is reflective of Los Angeles here.
ISC's Twelve Days of Dickens!
December 14, 2020
ISC's Twelve Days of Dickens has officially begun! Independent Shakespeare Co is bringing you 12 distinct virtual treats this holiday season for just $40! There will be exclusive performances from A Christmas Carol, a philanthropy video produced by yours truly, flaming punch, and so much MORE! Purchase Twelve Days of Dickens here. Contribute to ISC so we can continue to make theater accessible and reflective of our city here.
Barev Kitty x OMOGÉ Collab Campaign Drop
December 9, 2020
It was an honor to be the face to the new Barev Kitty x OMOGÉ Collab. All proceeds from the Barev Kitty razor back tank go to YES Armenia (Youth Empowerment and Sustainability). The pink tweed set is extremely limited and selling fast. Buy yours here. Find the full catalogue of Classless Co. merchandise for a cause here. Find photos of my campaign shoot here.
"Storage Run" Broadway World Announcement and Trailer
December 7, 2020
You can now watch the trailer and reserve tickets for Rogue Artists Ensemble's choose your own holiday adventure Storage Run. Follow Mike (played by Miles Taber, Amir Levi, and myself) and a robot named Fred (Tim Kopacz) as they try to escape Rogue storage! Tickets are "Pay What You Can" and Storage Run drops in three parts at 7pm PST on December 18, 25, and January 1st. Read the Broadway World announcement here. Watch the trailer here. Reserve your Storage Run tickets here.
New Holiday Single for Artsakh
December 4, 2020
My new holiday single “O Holy Night (Գիշեր աստվածային)” is live on Bandcamp and there are no fees on purchases until midnight tonight. All proceeds from this track and my previous track “Scattered Arils” will be donated to Kooyrigs' Looys program, which provides meals and aid to Artsakh. Looys’ project Mayreeg provides direct aid to displaced pregnant people of Artsakh. Download the songs here.
Order "Meadowlark Falls" and Broadway World Interview
December 2, 2020
You can now order the Meadowlark Falls holiday experience from now until December 11th. Now you can experience the magic of our immersive show from the comfort of your home! Check out Broadway World's interview with MLF writer Lori Meeker here. Order the experience here. You can also order the our signature drinks from Stir Crazy Cocktails to enjoy during your experience at home here.
Artsakh Monument Speech
November 15, 2020
It was an honor to be the closing speaker at the Monument to the Autonomous Republic of Artsakh launch. Speaking to our community on Glendale's Artsakh street after such devastating loss and grief was overwhelming. This AR (Augmented Reality) monument is a collaboration between Kamee Abrahamian, Nancy Baker Cahill, Mashinka Firunts Hakopian, and Nelli Sargsyan. Learn more about the virtual monument here.
November 14, 2020
It was a joy to explore Julia Taiwo Oni's piece The Woodingle Puppet Show under the direction of Jully Lee. This virtual staged reading was presented via zoom by Playwrights' Area and A Noise Within as part of La Escena's Golden Tongues Series. Learn more here.
Began Rehearsals for Rogue Artists' "Storage Run"
November 10, 2020
I'm thrilled to be reuniting with my Rogue Artists Ensemble family in their new holiday adventure Storage Run. In this interactive choose your own adventure experience you will get to follow Mike (played by Miles Taber, Amir Levi, and Myself) after he is trapped in Rogue storage with a robot named Fred! Learn more about Storage Run here.
"Band" Scores Multiple Honors
November 10, 2020
Our quarantine film Band directed by Tonya Kay, has received a number of honors since its release. Band was an official selection of the American Golden Picture International Film Festival where it received Best Quarantine Film honors. Band was also honored as a Finalist in the Quarantine Stories category in the Beyond the Curve International Film Festival. See other Danger Arts projects here.
Began Rehearsal for Woodingle Puppet Show
November 5, 2020
I have the honor of being directed by Jully Lee in Julia Taiwo Oni's piece The Woodingle Puppet Show with Host Mr. C, as Constructed by Mr. Asinine with Calculations and Articulations of the Genius Sort, which is an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes' The Marvelous Puppet Show. This piece will be presented via zoom by Playwrights' Area and A Noise Within as part of La Escena's Golden Tongues Series. They play will be presented November 14th at 6pm. Reserve your free ticket here.
New Single for Artsakh
October 31, 2020
I dropped my single “Scattered Arils (Hymn for Artsakh)” today on Bandcamp and all proceeds will be donated to Kooyrigs' Looys program, which provides meals and aid to Artsakh. This song began as a poem I wrote expressing the intergenerational trauma and unbreakable hope of the Armenian diaspora in the midst of this genocidal war and threat to our indigenous land Artsakh. I recorded vocals in Los Angeles and Arsen Petrosyan provided accompaniment on the duduk from Yerevan, where the song was arranged by Razmik Baghdasaryan and mixed by Artak Zeynalyan. Download it here.
LAist Racism 101 Announcement
October 29, 2020
I was chosen to be part of LAist's Racism 101 team. This diverse panel of Angelenos will answer any and all questions you have with regards to race and ethnicity in Los Angeles and beyond. Learn more about Racism 101 here and meet the team here. If you missed my LAist article, read it here. If you would like to ask us a question, fill out the form here.
Began Rehearsal for Meadowlark Falls Holiday Special
October 27, 2020
Last year, I had a blast portraying Whitney in the workshop production of the immersive holiday show Meadowlark Falls at the Greenway Court Theater. Meadowlark Falls will in fact be returning for a virtual special this holiday season! Stay tuned for more details.
October 16, 2020
I wrote an incredibly personal article for LAist that received an overwhelming response from the Armenian and Los Angeles community. I talked about my family history, identity, intersectional activism, and the current crisis in Artsakh. Writing this was a journey, please take the time to read it.
October 9, 2020
My new short one act play inspired by Shakespeare's Coriolanus goes live TONIGHT at 7pm! This play will represent Independent Shakespeare Co. at the Together LA Theater Festival. Coriola is directed by Melissa Chalsma and features Philicia Saunders, Richard Azurdia, Kendell Byrd, and Bukola Ogunmola. During the show, you will also have the opportunity to donate to Color of Change! Watch the Together LA festival here.
October 8, 2020
Independent Shakespeare Co.'s incredible hybrid production of Romeo & Juliet will be available ON DEMAND for one week only! This production uses live performance, film, animation, and social media to create a digital experience unlike anything you have experienced before! Learn more here.
Band Premiere Screening Event
October 1, 2020
The film Band directed by Tonya Kay, will have a private screening as part of the Admit One independent film screening October 18th at 3pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and creative team. Tickets are only $6 and can be purchased here and you can join the facebook event here.
September 20, 2020
The film The Girl in the Red Dress (starring myself) will be streaming as part of the For Our People Film Festival from September 12th-20th. For Our People showcases films by Black filmmakers that explore Black identity in all its multifaceted beauty. Audiences will also be able to vote for their favorite films. Register for FREE here.
September 17, 2020
Independent Shakespeare Co. is bringing you a hybrid stage production of Romeo & Juliet that will use live performance, film, animation, and social media to create a digital experience unlike anything you have experienced before! It is an honor to be part of this production team. The live performances can be streamed on ISC's Facebook, Youtube, and Vimeo September 17-20 and 24-27th at 7pm. Learn more here.
September 17, 2020
It was a joy to write, produce, and host Independent Shakespeare Co.'s first ever Kids' Club video. This video allows young audiences to learn more about ISC's production of Romeo & Juliet while having through storytelling, crafts, dance, and cooking! This video is recommended for ages 8 and younger or those young at heart! View the video and recipe here.
September 11, 2020
I had the pleasure of directing Victoria Melkonyan's play Cheetos, Chai, and Chance as part of Streamlight Theatre's Festival of Healing. This play is very special to me in that it explores Armenian identity and generational trauma. The festival can be streamed on Youtube or Facebook September 11th-12th at 7pm and September 13th at 2pm.
Produced "Keeping the Momentum" Panel
August 22, 2020
It was honor to produce Keeping the Momentum: Theater's Role in Social Justice, in which I facilitated a discussion about the theater community's social responsibility and response to the current movement for justice. Panelists also discussed their experiences as Black theater artists and how we as a community must continue to hold each other accountable. View the full event here.
August 08, 2020
My new short play Orange Juice (or Rest in Power Latasha Harlins) was performed as part of Company of Angels' What's Going On? Virtual Play Festival directed by Jacole Kitchen and starring Jully Lee and Charlotte Williams. You can stream the full performance online here. Read the Broadway World announcement here.
August 03, 2020
I'm thrilled to announce I will be directing Victoria Melkonyan's play Cheetos, Chai, and Chance as part of Streamlight Theatre's Festival of Healing. Streamlight Theatre is a new company focused on centering marginalized voices and compensating artists. The festival can be streamed on Youtube or Facebook September 11th-12th at 7pm and September 13th at 2pm.
Stream "Drive" Tomorrow Only!
July 29, 2020
I have had such incredible month workshopping the play Drive as part of VoxFest, Dartmouth developmental workshop series. Directed by Dina Vovsi and written by Deborah Yarchun, Drive is the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Playwriting winner. Drive explores what the next stage of automation might mean in a country where individual identity is defined by one's work and we are forced to reevaluate what drives us. Our performance can only be streamed live tomorrow, Thursday July 30th at 4pm! You don't want to miss this. Join the facebook event here and watch drive here.
July 29, 2020
I will be performing tomorrow in the Disruptors Fellowship writers showcase at 6pm PST. The Disruptors is a fellowship for emerging television writers who identify as transgender, nonbinary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented. The showcase is closed, but if you are (or know of) agents, managers, development execs etc. who would be supportive of the Disruptors vision and able to give opportunities to these brilliant writers, contact me for information. Learn more about the disruptors here.
"What's Going On?" Broadway World Announcement
July 27, 2020
My new short one act play Orange Juice (or Rest in Power Latasha Harlins) will be performed as part of Company of Angels' What's Going On? Virtual Play Festival on August 8th at 8pm. The event can be streamed on Facebook Live and Youtube. Read the Broadway World announcement here and join the Facebook event here!
Black Lives Matter for Armenians Panel
July 20, 2020
I was honored to speak on the Zoravik Black Lives Matter for Armenians panel. We had an incredible discussion about solidarity and privilege. Our initial video had over 6,000 views in less than 24 hours. Watch the panel here and read the Armenian Weekly write up here. Find more information on Zoravik's continued #BlackLivesMatter activism here.
Filmed "Band" Remotely
July 13, 2020
I've shot my first ever remote pandemic film titled Band. Band was directed remotely by the brilliant Tonya Kay and utilized apps and equipment. Stay tuned for its release and in the meantime, check out the IMDb here.
Remote Shoot with Paris Helena
July 11, 2020
I had what was absolutely one of my favorite shoots with Paris Helena. Many precautions were taken with social distancing before, during, and after the shoot and COVID testing before and after the shoot. Check out more photos here.
Remote Shoot with Vincent Kirk
July 7, 2020
I finally shot with the brilliant Vincent Kirk. Many precautions were taken with social distancing before, during, and after the shoot and COVID testing before and after the shoot. Check out more photos here.
Began Rehearsals for VoxFest's "Drive"
July 6, 2020
I began rehearsals for the play Drive as part of VoxFest, Dartmouth developmental workshop series. Directed by Dina Vovsi and written by Deborah Yarchun, Drive is the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Playwriting winner. Drive explores what the next stage of automation might mean in a country where individual identity is defined by one's work and we are forced to reevaluate what drives us. Our performance can only be streamed live, Thursday July 30th at 4pm PST! You don't want to miss this.
New Play Selected by Company of Angels
July 2, 2020
My new short one act play Orange Juice (or Rest in Power Latasha Harlins) will be performed as part of Company of Angels' What's Going On? Virtual Play Festival on August 8th at 8pm. The event can be streamed on Facebook Live and Youtube. Join the Facebook event here!