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Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival Announcement

May 20, 2023

Honored to return for another summer in Griffith Park with ISC in both Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come celebrate our 20th season with us! Watch the cast announcement here. Donate to my fundraiser here!

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Indyshakes Annual Fundraiser

May 13, 2023

A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream, Independent Shakespeare Co.'s disco themed 2023 annual fundraising gala, was a blast but we are still a ways from our fundraising goal! Last year I raised $1,500 with my personal fundraiser, so let's match or beat that number this year! Donate to my fundraiser here!

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"Advancing Equity Through the Arts and Humanities Act" reintroduced as H.R. 3239

May 11, 2023

The Advancing Equity Through the Arts and Humanities Act was reintroduced from the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee as H.R. 3239! As one of the local theatre artists who co-authored the Bill, I am urging you to contact your representatives. You can read the Bill text here, press release here, and sign on as an endorser here.

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"We Are All Armenian" Back in Stock and On Sale

May 11, 2023

After a SOLD OUT first print, We Are All Armenian is back in stock just in time for University of Texas Press' summer sale! Grab your copy which includes my essay Perspectives on Artsakh from a Black Armenian Angeleno and the works of so many brilliant Armenian writers at select sellers across the country or online here. Use the code "UTXSUMMER" for a 40% discount on hard copies and 50% discount on ebooks.

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"SWANA Stories" Episode

April 18, 2023

It was an honor to be featured as a guest in the very first Season of the SWANA Stories podcast produced by Kayhan Azadi. I spoke about my identity and work decolozing my craft and organizing. You can stream my episode here.

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Center Theatre Group "Going Pro"

April 15, 2023

What a joy it was to be back for the second year in the row at Center Theatre Group's Going Pro Fair. This year I led my own audition workshop for current and recent college graduates in person, which was a lovely change from last year's virtual panel. You can read the Broadway World announcement here and learn more here

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USC Closing Guest Lecture

April 3, 2023

I was asked to give the closing lecture of Dr. Shushan Karapetian's The Armenian Heritage course at USC! In this lecture I broke down contemporary narratives on inclusivity and activism both within and in solidarity with the Armenian community. I also recorded an episode of Language Therapy with Dr. K, so stay tuned for that episode's release.

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"Musical Mondays" Performance in WeHo

April 3, 2023

What a gift to return to Musical Mondays for the first time since the pandemic! I performed a rendition of "Class" from Chicago that I *slightly* rewrote to be more topical as part of A Cabaret of Fools - A Musical Theatre Comedy Night produced by Henry Alexander Kelly. Learn more about MuMo here.

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"Poets, Tea, & Pleasure" Performance

March 26, 2023

In a divergence from the political and identity centered poetry I often perform, I shared some personal love poems as a headlining poet at Poets, Tea, & Pleasure. This wonderful gathering is hosted by Kiayla at The Glendale Room on Artsakh Street and features both booked poets and a few open mic slots. Learn more here.

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Community Action Update

March 15, 2023

Iambic Lab returns to Independent Shakespeare Co. in-person this year! Join us for four days of FREE programming at the ISC studio. I will be performing in the staged reading of Galatea by John Lyly on Feb. 24th and there will also be a screening of our feature film Live at the Porpentine: A Comedy of Errors (in which I play Luciana) on Feb. 26th. Learn more and reserve tickets here.

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Iambic Lab at ISC

February 20, 2023

Iambic Lab returns to Independent Shakespeare Co. in-person this year! Join us for four days of FREE programming at the ISC studio. I will be performing in the staged reading of Galatea by John Lyly on Feb. 24th and there will also be a screening of our feature film Live at the Porpentine: A Comedy of Errors (in which I play Luciana) on Feb. 26th. Learn more and reserve tickets here.

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"We Are All Armenian" Available for Purchase

February 18, 2023

It's an honor to have my piece Perspectives on Artsakh from a Black Armenian Angeleno published by University of Texas Press alongside so many brilliant and inspiring Armenian authors! You can now pick up your copy at select sellers across the country or order online here. Use the code "UTXM25" for a 25% discount.

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Creative Vegas Shoot

February 3, 2023

I had a wonderful shoot with Las Vegas based photographer Alli Leiva-Topper as part of her Tarot series with other creative shots. Check them out here.

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Performed spoken word, song at She Loves Collective Vigil

January 29, 2023

I had the honor of singing and performing poetry as part of the She Loves Collective “Shelter” installation's closing night vigil in honor of the 3,906 men AND women lost in the genocidal attack of 2020. You can still download my single "Scattered Arils" with proceeds now benefiting Armenian Food Bank here.

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Signed Commercially with A3

January 25, 2023

Thrilled to announce I have signed commercially with A3 Artists Agency.

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"Much Ado" at A Noise Within

January 20, 2023

I hopped on A Noise Within's production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing as the understudy for Hero. Much Ado runs February 5 - March 12th. Grab your tickets for this fun, fast paced production here.

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"...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.

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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.

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"...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.

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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.

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"...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.

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"...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.

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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.

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"Macbeth" Closes with Stage Raw Recommendation

September 4, 2022

Macbeth's run is coming to an end. Read our Stage Raw Recommendation 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 here.

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"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 hereCheck 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.

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"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.

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"Macbeth" Begins!

August 6, 2022

Independent Shakespeare Co. is back with our second and final production of the summer, Macbeth! We run Wednesdays through Sundays at 7pm until September 4th! Find Knight of the Burning Pestle reviews here and production stills here. Learn more about the festival and register here.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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!

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"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!

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DTLA Shoot with Vincent Kirk

June 28, 2022

I had my 3rd annual summer shoot with my wonderful friend photographer Vincent Kirk! Photos from our shoots can be found here.

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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.

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Marina Del Rey Film Festival

June 19, 2022

ISC's feature film Live at the Porpentine made its Film Festival debut on Juneteenth at the Marina Del Rey Film Festival! Learn more about LATP here. Stream on YouTube here. Listen to the original soundtrack here. Contribute to ISC here!

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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!

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Began Rehearsals for GPSF '22

June 6, 2022

It is the greatest privilege to return to Griffith Park with my ISC family this summer. Rehearsals have officially begun for Knight of the Burning Pestle in which I will be playing Luce. Learn more about the festival here. Watch the cast announcement here. Donate to my fundraiser here!

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"LATP" selected for the Marina Del Rey Film Festival

June 4, 2022

ISC's feature film Live at the Porpentine was selected to stream at the Marina Del Rey Film Festival! It will screen in Block FF June 19th at 4pm. Purchase tickets here. Learn more about LATP here. Stream on YouTube here. Listen to the original soundtrack here. Contribute to ISC here!

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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!

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SBT "Bright Half Life" Talkback

May 14, 2022

I assisted the lovely Sydney Rogers and represented Support Black Theatre in a moderated talkback of The Road Theatre's production of Tanya Barfield's Bright Half Life. Learn more about SBT here!

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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. 

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Co-Authored Federal Arts Funding Legislation

April 28, 2022

Today Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced H.R. 7627 or the Advancing Equity Through the Arts and Humanities Act. I was honored to be part of the collective of local theatre artists who co-authored the Bill. Read the Bill text here and sign on as an endorser here.

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UCLA Lecture

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"Live at the Porpentine" Weekend #2 and Virtual Lounge

March 19, 2022

Independent Shakespeare Co.'s feature film Live at the Porpentine is wrapping up its second weekend of live streams. Watch the post-show virtual lounge I hosted here. Learn more about the film here. Check out our IMDb page here.

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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.

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"Live at the Porpentine" Weekend #1 and Virtual Lounge

March 12, 2022

Independent Shakespeare Co.'s feature film Live at the Porpentine has begun its series of live streams Friday-Sunday at 7:30pm this weekend and next. Watch the post-show virtual lounge I was part of here. Learn more about the film here. Check out our IMDb page here.

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"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.

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New "Live at the Porpentine" Trailer

February 23, 2022

The new trailer for Independent Shakespeare Co.'s feature film Live at the Porpentine is now available to stream on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe to our channel and watch on youtube here. Learn more and register to stream weekends from March 11th-20th here. Check out our IMDb page here.

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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.

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UCLA Lecture

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.

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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.

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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.

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Valentine Sweets Shoot

February 3, 2022

I had a blast doing the product shoot for Valentine Sweets' new Pasadena bakery! Not only are their treats and drink delicious, they are also entirely organic and vegan, with many gluten free options as well! View photos from the shoot captured by Cara Harman here and check out the menu here.

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Second  REVERIE Campaign Drop

December 22, 2021

I am honored to be one of the faces of sustainable haircare brand Reverie. Reverie is made with intention here in California! Shop Reverie here and find photos from both campaigns here.

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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.

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"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.

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Out of Print Ad

October 31, 2021

I shot an ad for Out of Print directed by Robert Arjoyan and featuring the legendary Vahe Berberian. View the ad here.

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"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.

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October Community Action Update

October 28, 2021

My October Community Action Update invites you to take action to protect Mauna Kea, The Creative Workforce Development Act, donate to the family and scholarship fund of Halyna Hutchins, stop Line 3, and more. Listen on spotify here. Find links to take action here.

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REVERIE Suna Ad

October 22, 2021

I am honored to be one of the faces of sustainable haircare brand Reverie. Check out the ad featuring me using Suna here. View campaign photos here. Shop Reverie here.

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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!.

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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.

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BLM PAC Voiceover

September 14, 2021

I provided voiceover for the Black Lives Matter PAC's "Vote No On the Recall" ad, edited by Giovanni Solis. Watch the full ad here.

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September Community Action Update

September 28, 2021

My September Community Action Update advocates for SB-628, The Creative Workforce Development Act, staying informed and donating to aid current refugee the Haitian and Afghan crises, volunteering with SELAH and Waterdrop LA, and more! Listen on spotify here. Find links to take action here.

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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.

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Venice Beach Photo Shoot

September 13, 2021

I shot a lovely series with photographer Shiji Ulleri in Venice Beach. Check out the full set here.

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"Collectathon" Reading

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.

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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.

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"The Tempest" Closing Night!

September 5, 2021

Our magical summer performing The Tempest in the Griffith Park dell has come to an end! You can find press on our summer here and support ISC's New Play Development project here. Summer festival info will remain here and you can view our digital playbill here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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"The Tempest" Begins Performances

August 7, 2021

Independent Shakespeare Co.'s The Tempest has begun performances! 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 digital playbill here.

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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July Community Action Update

July 15, 2021

In my July Community Action Update, I shared ways you can support our unhoused neighbors, take action with Justice LA, support La Defensa's "Rate My Judge" program and more! Listen on spotify here. Find links to take action here.

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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.

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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.

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"Believe" Performance

June 26, 2021

I performed a stripped down version of Cher's "Believe" as part of Equality Armenia's Hye Pride Event. Watch my full performance here.

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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.

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Final LAist Racism 101 Article

June 21, 2021

The LAist Racism 101 project has officially come to a close. The final article explores lateral violence and features a response from yours truly. Read the article here and watch my response here.

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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.

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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.

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Photo Shoot with Dereck Davis

June 10, 2021

I had a new shoot with photographer Dereck Davis in Watts. Check out the photos here.

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Shout Out LA Interview

June 7, 2021

I spoke to Shout Out LA about my art, activism, and my go-to spots in LA! Read the full article here.

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June Community Action Update

June 7, 2021

In my June Community Action Update, I share some organizations you can support this Pride Month, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the VISION Act, save the Salton Sea and more.Listen on spotify here. Find links to take action here.

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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.

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Photo Shoot with Carina Conti

June 1, 2021

I had a wonderful shoot with my friend Carina Conti while modeling some fierce Armenian women-owned businesses as well. My pistachio Arina suit is by Talar Nina, my top is from Sknd Skn, and choker is by Vart's Treasures. Support these businesses and check out the photos here.

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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.

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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.

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Began In-Person Rehearsals for  "Comedy of Errors"

May 17, 2021

We have begun in-person rehearsals for ISC's Live at the Porpentine: The Comedy of Errors. Donate to ISC here. View our COE cast announcement here.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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May Community Action Update

May 7, 2021

In my May Community Action Update, I discuss ways you can find alternatives to police, support arts funding, the AAPI community, and Save the San Marcos Foothills. Listen on spotify here. Find links to take action here.

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Cathryn Farnsworth Shoot

May 3, 2021

My new headshots were taken by the wonderful Cathryn Farnsworth. Check them out here.

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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.

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"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. 

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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.

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Generation Ratify Panel

April 23, 2021

I have the honor of being a featured speaker on Generation Ratify's panel exploring the Armenian genocide, intergenerational trauma, and the importance of intersectional solidarity. The panel event is at 4pm PST and you can register here. Learn more about Generation Ratify here.

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"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.

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"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.

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April Community Action Update

April 2, 2021

In my April Community Action Update, I discuss ways you can support arts funding, the AAPI community, Save the San Marcos Foothills, stand with the unhoused, and help formally recognize the Armenian Genocide. Listen on spotify here. Find links to take action here.

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"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.

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Photoshoot with Vincent Kirk

March 25, 2021

I had my second shoot with the wonderful Vincent Kirk. Check out more photos here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"Citizen" Performance

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.

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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.

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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 carene@yerazad.com. Follow us on instagram here and check out our linktree here.

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LAist Racism 101 Asked and Answered: Tone Policing

February 21, 2021

My third response for LAist's Racism 101 series is live and I'm joined by Donna Simone Johnson! Learn more about Racism 101 here and read about this question here. Have a question you want answered? Ask it here.

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Art Break Interview with Xavi Moreno and Richard Azurdia

February 19, 2021

ISC Art Break podcast producer Carolina Xique and I interviewed ensemble members Xavi Moreno and Richard Azurdia. We reminisced about live performance, spoke about justice, and they shared their work with Company of Angels. Listen on spotify here.

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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.

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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.

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February Community Action Update

February 5, 2021

In my February Community Action Update, I discuss ways you can get involved with Black Lives Matter and WP4BL, Justice LA, Students Deserve, Support Black Theatre, and provide an exciting update on vaccinations in LA County. Listen on spotify here. Find links to take action here.

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Take Two Interview on Allyship Broadcast on NPR/KPCC

January 28, 2021

I was interviewed by A Martinez about the dos and don'ts of allyship for KPCC's Take Two as part of LAist's Racism 101 team. The interview can be listened to here and will air multiple times on 89.3 (NPR). Listen on Spotify here. Learn more about Racism 101 here.

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Launched Yerazad

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 carene@yerazad.com. Follow us on instagram here and check out our linktree here.

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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