Oh my goodness, happy new year everybody!
While 2020 was indeed a nightmare lit by a dumpster fire, I have to say, I am one of those people who had some pretty great things happen. I started the year getting representation! Huzzah for Evelyn Francisco and the team at The Talent Express for taking me on and setting me up with many a self-tape and virtual audition!
I got to be a voice in the fascinating virtual - pre-COVID-19 even - experience ASSEMBLE written and produced by Jess Kaufman and Talya Chalef which was played out in January at IKEA's all over the world.
I got new headshots after...far too long. Thank you L. Morgan Lee at bluephotonyc for the fab shots which grace this website. Oh yeah, I finally got a website!
I was part of a first reading of the Zoom adaptation of Rebecca Salomonsson's Outrageous Fortune, playing Prospero.
I started working with The Playground Experiment doing readings of new work. This family of artists has put out so much incredible work, it's a joy to test out material with them as an actor, and I look forward to testing out some writing with them as well. I got to close out the year reading the role of Prue in Bonita Elery's short play Hot Potato, which you can see right HERE. (SO MANY GOOD LINES. Thank you, Bonita!)
I booked two short films, Geminus and What Do I owe You? and worked their covid-safe sets. Footage to come!
After my church gig went fully virtual mid-March, they thankfully found a way to keep our sextet singing! It's been great to learn the ins and outs of recording videos for our virtual services. We hope, of course, that we'll be able to do it live again, but for now, you can check us out on YouTube or head over to the Madison Avenue Baptist Church website.
The Trump Administration kept me busy with my satire series on Facebook. But man, sometimes there is not enough time to catch up with all the headlines. But if you check it out HERE you can see that I'm trying...
It has been I make a book out of the series...I'll keep you all posted.
For the new year, I'm already getting the submissions out, working on a new draft of my solo show Single What? Female, will be singing through The Drowsy Chaperone as Trix and, of course, recording for church.
And let's cross our fingers for Georgia people. (They vote tomorrow!)
Laughter, Peace and Prosperity for 2021 to you all!
When not pandemibaking...
I have finally started a website! I just got these beautiful new headshots done by L Morgan Lee of BLUEphotography, and at last have a place to display them.
I've also been getting this self-tape thing DOWN. Madison Avenue Baptist Church, with whom I've been the alto for going on twelve years, like most churches, has gone virtual, so we are making videos of solos and hymns for the time being. (Someday, I'll release an outtake reel.)
There've been other opportunities, as well, for practicing this process: virtual choir and concert videos.
I've been lucky enough to work with Prospect Theatre Company and, thus, was asked to be part of their lovely video featuring Peter Mills' tune "Two Buoys". (I come in with the alto part and drums>)
Next, a dear friend - a jazz musician and choir director, presently living in Italy - started up Singers Without Borders and asked me to be part of this uplifting number: How Can I Keep From Singing?
Lastly, The Rigano Songbook asked 42(!) of their closest friends to help out with this wonderful song about an all too relevant and growing segment of our lives as we try to communicate with proper social distancing: Screen To Screen
The Rigano has a concert planned for 3/13...and then the world shut down. But far be it for them to not have a show. Yes, the Ides of March Extravaganza is now the Ides of APRIL and will be in virtual form. When those videos go up, I'll be sure to share here.
In the meantime, contact me here if you would like me to be part of YOUR virtual - and/or, eventually, LIVE - project.
Alexandra de Suze is a singer, actor, drummer who also writes a bit and occasionally makes silly videos