Huge Announcement... And My Biggest Regret
You guys. I have been waiting for this moment for WEEKS.
On November 28 of last year, I received the most professionally worded Facebook message I have ever seen in my life from an Interlochen colleague of mine, Mark Mazzarella. He told me about the inception of Doghouse Ensemble Theatre, sent me the mission statement (above), and asked me to be an Associated Artist. I cried.
One of the things I have missed the most since leaving Interlochen is the attitude toward collaboration and the opportunities that attitude created for me. I did a film score, I wrote music for my roommate's theater piece, I accompanied theater majors for fun and in RENT, and I got to play piano with dancers and singer-songwriters in a show about microphones and Detroit. It's not that all of that has disappeared since my move to Rochester, but those opportunities have definitely been more difficult to find.
I won't say that I took the collaboration for granted... If you want, you can dig through my blog posts to find how excited I was about it in February of last year, and again in May. But I will say that I miss it. I miss being surrounded by dancers and creative writers and visual artists, and I wish I had taken advantage of that more while I was at Interlochen. The theater majors always made fun of me because I had only attended one show before playing in RENT myself. I was basically anti-social because I was so stressed with college applications. And while I know I did all I could, I definitely let many opportunities for interdisciplinary artistic immersion fall by the wayside. If I could go back to senior year and talk to myself, I would say, "Reagan. Go write a piece for those dancers. Don't be scared of all these talented artists around you, learn from them." But until they invent time travel, I can't go back. So thank goodness for Doghouse Ensemble Theatre...
After almost a whole semester of music music music with a side of theatre, I was completely ecstatic to receive Mark's message. So ecstatic in fact that when things started coming together, I sent all three Artistic Directors an email with the subject, "I WANTED TO PUT MY ENTHUSIASM INTO AN EMAIL," in which I gushed for two and a half paragraphs about how overjoyed I was at this new opportunity. I volunteered for anything they needed, and was given the Licensing Manager position, for which I am SO excited.
I spend a lot of time waiting for inspirational moments, and I feel so lucky to have started 2017 with this company launch. In my last blog post, I said my colleagues inspire me, and this is the ultimate proof. To find out more about Doghouse, please check out our website, where you can read everyone's bios, find pictures from past productions, donate to our future endeavors, and keep up with everything we hope to accomplish!