It is my greatest pleasure to announce that I will be spending the next two months studying Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. I spent a lot of time preparing for this opportunity, and I was absolutely thrilled to be accepted. I believe very strongly in working hard and getting the proper training to achieve my career goals, so this is a giant leap in the right direction for me.
While at RADA, I will be studying every possible aspect of acting for Shakespearean theatre including Physical Performance, Alexander Technique, Stage Fighting, Period Dance, Choral Singing of the period, Voice, Voice into Text, Character in Text, Sonnets, Monologues and Scenes; as well as weekly workshop sessions. At the end of my course, I will get to perform in a play with my fellow classmates. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be surrounded by others who have developed a love for Shakespeare’s plays as much, if not more, as I have.
Since I was accepted, I’ve been reading a lot in preparation. My favorite book so far is A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599, which makes a number of astonishing connections between what was happening in England at that time, both socially and politically, with the themes of Shakespeare’s plays written and performed that year. I especially enjoyed reading actual quotes from Queen Elizabeth I that just go to show that women have always been smart, bold and witty creatures. If she were around today, I bet her Twitter feed would be HILARIOUS.
Upon completion of this intensive course, I plan to return to Los Angeles to further reach for my dreams; going for more lead roles in theatre and working towards my life goal of playing a dynamic character in a sci-fi TV series.
I am infinitely grateful to my loving husband Rudy Jahchan for supporting me in this once in a lifetime endeavour, and to Armin Shimerman for his priceless mentoring on the works of William Shakespeare at Antaeus Academy.