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After All (Michael & Matthew)

With just a moment to catch my breath between moving to beautiful West Virginia and heading off to my home away from home, Summer at Sem, I’m doing my best to hit pause and take stock. The past few months have handed me some incredible creative endeavors and new opportunities. Not the least of which, the release of Jeremiah Downes & Friends: Live at Farmers Alley Theatre.

Down the YouTube rabbit hole I go, stumbling upon a video of my beloved friend Stearns Matthews singing one of the first songs I wrote (a long, long time ago) at our little show down at The Duplex (a less long time ago). It wasn’t included on the aforementioned album but it was performed beautifully as a part of the evening at Farmers Alley by Matthew Lanyi.

Highlights: The World Goes 'Round @ EHC

Enjoyed a final bow at Emory & Henry College this past weekend behind the keys as music director alongside longtime friend and collaborator Stearns Matthews, our guest director. The beautiful scenic design was by a senior design major Will Spencer and the lighting design by the brilliant Kevin Dudley. Was beaming with pride at our students tackling the deceivingly challenging score.

The World Goes 'Round @ EHC

In the thick of music rehearsals for Kander & Ebb's The World Goes 'Round, a show I've long wanted to work on. Making it even sweeter is a visit, as guest director, from my longtime friend and collaborator Stearns Matthews. Kander & Ebb's words and music, inspired students, old friends... no complaints here. Enjoy a sneak peek at our music rehearsals below. The production opens at the end of February in the Black Box Theatre at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts.

Wilson, Rocky, Kander & Ebb, Oh My...

Looking ahead at another academic year and working on some brilliant projects with my students and colleagues. In the fall, I'm thrilled to be directing some of the genius that is August Wilson in a scene from Fences as a part of our "American Classics" evening featuring some of America's greatest playwrights. Follow that up with directing and music directing The Rocky Horror Show (more on that later!). And, music directing - alongside my friend and brilliant artist Stearns Matthews - Kander & Ebb's The World Goes 'Round this spring. There's also this little one-man show about the life and songs of Lorenz Hart (but again, more on that later).

Somewhere in there I'll be presenting at the Virginia Theatre Association's annual conference again. Two workshops on belting and auditioning for college theatre programs!