An Actor of Color Speaks

My name is Jennifer Lanier, Co Artistic Director of Original Practice Shakespeare Festival. A couple of days ago, I found myself remotely in front of a granting organization to talk to them briefly about what OPS Fest is doing…

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Buy Me a Coffee

Sometimes I don’t have anything particularly inspiring to say. Just that I hope y’all are okay. My family is doing what it can right now. We are trying to keep our heads above water but I am the only financial…

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Working from home: an adventure

My friend, Chris Murphy, shared some thoughts about working from home. I added a few of my own. Hope these are useful to y’all.

1) Create a schedule and try to stick to it as much as possible. That…

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This is NOT us

I was heading into a grocery store and I saw a young woman come running out with a small bunch of groceries in her arms. The clerk was running after her and a passerby grabbed her and stopped her, hollering…

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Love in the Time of Corona

There are approximately 160,000 actors in the United States. At any given time, roughly 1% are working. That is less than 2000 actors working. I am usually part of that 1%. In 2019, I worked in conventional union theatre and…

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Slavery on My Mind

Every day, Facebook asks the same question: “what’s on your mind?” 

Cat videos. 

I share them. Not afraid to admit it. 

Union struggles. 

I share them. Not afraid to say it. 

My friend’s shows. 

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Othello & Me

Friends, we interrupt this scroll-a-thon to talk about racism. If you are white and fragile, read this knowing you may recognize yourself. It’s about 3 minutes long. Get a cup of tea. Deep breath. Ready? Okay.  

I played Othello…