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July 2019

Hi gang!

Happy Pride - I missed a June update. It’s been busy.

So the big update is I have a really cool show opening at Upright Citizen’s Brigade next week! It’s an improv show with a KILLER cast called The Dearly Departed, and I HIGHLY recommend you see it. Seriously, my castmates are so talented. It runs on Tuesday nights in July starting next week, July 9th at 10pm at UCB Hell’s Kitchen. We close July 30th so you have 4 chances.

Get tickets here

So yeah. I’m doing some weekend traveling and auditioning and working and trying to find friends with roofs to hang out on. There’s other fun stuff in the works, but it’s not ready yet! So I’ll let you know when it drops ok, please stop bothering me about it :p

Honestly though, summer gets me a little depressed. it’s probably the oppressive heat. Or it might be that it’s a time of a lot of transitions. I’m grateful to have so much support around me. Grateful for the people who stick with me, and chose me.

Whatever, enough of that vulnerability stuff. Go see my silly comedy show. Thanks gang <3

Hell’s Kitchen, baby

Hell’s Kitchen, baby

May 2019

It’s the most beautiful Saturday afternoon on Memorial Day weekend. New York has been giving me some big magic, as I sit outside in a little Astoria coffee shop.

It’s a quick little update, because I’ve got projects I’m not announcing yet.

Things I can announce: my webseries, The Short Life of Diane Hunte, was selected at the end of April for Always Happy Video Comedy Bop! It was featured in the New York Times here. So that’s cool. You can also watch it here. Although why you haven’t watched it yet is beyond me…

I’m in a show at the PIT Loft with one of my improv teams, The Red Team on Thursday May 30th, at 9:30pm. Tickets are $8 and available here. If you are in town and would like to see me ‘prov, you are welcome to come. It is guaranteed to be silly and made-up.

Also, I was accepted into Upright Citizen Brigade’s Academy (which is basically advanced study classes you audition to get into). I’m starting a really cool performance class next week, taught by Christopher A Scott. I’m really excited about it and I’ll post about our class shows as we get closer. Gotta put my intern credits to good use!

I hope you are having a really great holiday weekend. Hug your people (and other animals) close.

Pretty cool, right? We were in one of these 5 comedy shows…

Pretty cool, right? We were in one of these 5 comedy shows…

April 2019

Imma be better about updating this, k? I say that now…No really, I will! I’m starting a monthly newsletter to keep people in the loop. It’ll be once a month and I promise not to spam you. BUT if I added you and you don’t want that in your inbox, go ahead and unsubscribe.

I promise to take it as a huge personal affront.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

I’ve signed with an agent! I’m so excited to start working with Traci Lynn Luthy at Bona Fide Artists! I’m thrilled to be part of the team and can’t wait to make lots of money with them!

I’ve been sitting on this for a while until the papers were signed, but I’m beyond excited to share this new with you guys.

I also want to say that I’m overwhelmed with the support for my webseries, The Short Life of Diane Hunte, which I released last month! So many of you liked, and shared, and subscribed and told me really nice things about it. I’m so fecking grateful. Truly. Thanks guys.

If you haven’t seen it yet, why not check it out here. Ask anybody, it will take you 12 minutes to watch all 8 episodes. It’ll be fun.

I’ve got another big announcement! I’m in a hilarious, bizarre webseries called LOOKING FOR FUN(BAGS), by Mischief Films. It’s based on a really brilliant play that my college bud, Vincent S. Hannam wrote. It can be watched here, and I think you’ll find it’s a subversive little sex comedy. Who doesn’t want that? Watch it here!

Season 2? Hopefully!

In non-actor related news (what a relief), I just started volunteering at Muddy Paws Rescue NYC. They are a really wonderful non-profit, foster-based rescue organization working here in New York. They really put the dogs first and have a supportive group of animal welfare staff and volunteers. Check them out and remember #adoptdontshop!

Have a great month. Thanks for all the love gang. I’m sending it back <3

I signed with this killer agency! Wahoo!

I signed with this killer agency! Wahoo!

March 2019

This is going to be a long one.

So, when I first came to NYC, three years ago, I wrote a lil webseries. I say “lil” because the episodes were designed to be extremely short. One joke, one punch, 2 and a half minutes max.

So I wrote 16 episodes. We called it “The Short Life of Diane Hunte”. Long title, short episodes. We called it SLODH cuz that’s faster to type.

But I didn’t do it alone. I had two incredibly talented, creative collaborators in Megan McNally and Alyson Roseman.

Alyson introduced Megan and I. She realized that both of us had independently come up with the same idea for a comedic webseries. The three of us embarked on a near impossible task: write, produce, act, edit, and release a whole webseries with a budget of ZERO DOLLARS.

Why did we do this? Well number one, we didn’t have any money. But also, because we were naïve and had a lot of wonderful friends who were willing to volunteer their time. It was 2016 guys. This was a whole different era in American history. We were young and unafraid.

Megan co-created the series, she co-wrote those episodes, she DP’d and directed everything, this is her baby as much as it is anyone’s. She schlepped her very expensive camera all across the boroughs of New York.

(Ok, we didn’t go to Staten Island. Or the Bronx. But we were all over Queens and Brooklyn and Manhattan. Anyway, I’m getting distracted.)

Alyson executive produced the series, which is truly a thankless job when you aren’t getting paid. She provided her insight and understanding of narrative, she used her skills to keep Megan and me organized, emailed talent, scouted locations, held boom mics, and tons of other jobs that weren’t really her responsibility.

It was hard. It was fun. It was not completed. For a long time, I was embarrassed about that. But in January 2019, I decided to let go of that embarrassment. Why should I be? We worked hard on this thing. Why keep it under a bushel basket, as the Colloquial Kid would say?

I set a deadline of March 1, 2019. I announced it publicly. It was getting out there, one way or another. I gathered the troops. I taught myself how to edit. I pulled my hair out trying to sync audio. I thought about how I’d do audio now. Not like that.

Megan and Alyson jumped back in. We stuck to the deadline.

If we were to do this again, I bet all three of us would’ve done our roles differently. But I think it’s important to acknowledge that. I think it’s also important to say I’m proud of what we accomplished, with honestly, nothing but pluck and the kindness of our friends.

I haven’t seen some of these actors/crew in years.

So today, I’m releasing all 8 finished episodes. Netflix style. All at once, babeeeeeeee. There are some incomplete episodes: some we partially shot and some we only wrote. I’m not releasing those, but I’m so thankful for all the people who contributed to this project (the aired and unaired). I’m so lucky to have a tribe of creative people in New York. Compulsively artistic people. People who say “yes”. I’m truly grateful. I will attempt to list them all, knowing that my memory fades after such a long time. In no particular order:

Michelle Maffeo, David T Patterson, Grace Experience, Lucas Thompson, Lukas Rafael, Sofia Piccolo, Andrew Martinez, Melanie Copeland, Lee Cohen, Erin Chiet, Carl, Derek Kirch, Kyle Walter, that bodega guy, Diana Jurand (for a gentle nudge), Max Patino, Helena Farhi, Joseph Manning (for joke punch up), Bryan Songy, Jamie Roach, and Abigail Cline

Here is the playlist of what we’ll call, Season 1. SLODH. You should be able to watch it all in under 15 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this “lil” project. If you do, please like, subscribe, share with all your friends.

Thanks gang. Grateful.

May 2018

Wow, I've said it before, I'll say it again: I'm not great at these updates.

So many new things! I'm back up in Maine, this time as an AEA actor in a reading of Bloomsday at Heartwood Regional Theater. If you are in the mid-coast region on May 11th and 12th, come see this beautiful piece. Get your tickets here

Also, I'm music directing for Hampstead Stage Company's new production of American Folktales and Songs. I wrote the lyrics to one of the songs in the show, and can't wait to put my ukuelele playing skills to the test!

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