Friday, May 20, 2011

Meet Collin!

Collin is coming over later today to work on the music for Midsummer and Merchant. He is multi-talented. This summer, Collin is acting in three productions, composing music for two of those, and doing the fight choreography as well! The man is unstoppable. This will be my second time working with Collin. His previous work with ADK Shakes was our most recent Bookend Project, as Lucius in Titus Andronicus and Ferdinand in The Tempest. Not only does he do great work on stage, but he is just plain wonderful to have around. Anything you need, he is right there for you: carrying boxes, holding doors, jumping in on drums, ready with a hug. And he "gets it." The RAW is not a process that every actor embraces. It is fast, overwhelming, and demands every little bit of yourself that you have to give. There's no room for ego. You have to roll with every punch, and there's a lot of punches coming at you from all sides. We're throwing a lot at Collin this season, and he just says, "Sure, absolutely, what else can I do to help?"

Collin McConnell
(MID: Demetrius; VEN: Lorenzo, Old Gobbo, Servant; KIDS: TBA; Fight Choreographer and Composer)

Collin is very excited to have had the continued opportunity to work with this wonderful company. He is also a company member of Gorilla Rep, the Educational Associate with Adaptive Arts, and an aspiring musician. Notable projects include: Macbeth (Redd Tale), Good Woman of Setzuan (Adaptive Arts), Joan of Arc and Julius Caesar (Gorilla Rep), A Scheme for Two (Theatre for the New City), The Somnambulist (Dixon Place), Gone in 60 Seconds, the International One-Minute Play Festival '07, '08, & '11 (The New Workshop Theatre at Brooklyn College), and The Magic of Mrs. Crowling (Horse Trade) - soon to be published by Original Words Publishing! Collin holds his BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College with Honors for his exploration of how to build a stronger ARtist/Audience dialog so as to encourage stronger and more immediate art. Much love and thanks to his ever-supportive family, his incredible friends, Rose, Francine, Cristina, and, of course, his amazing ADK Shakes family!

Help to support Collin in his many different roles with ADK Shakes by adopting him! If you like his acting above all else, you may adopt Demetrius as one of the Lovers in Midsummer!

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