I am so thrilled to join the production staff of "Sweet Charity" at The Players Centre in Sarasota, FL.
I will be assistant directing and assistant choreographing the production, until I leave for another contract in Naples, FL. This is one of my first forays into the field of directing, and although a bit daunting, it has been exceedingly interesting to be a part of the process from beginning to end.
From attending the auditions, having a hand in casting decisions, creating and mapping out schedules, down to running dance rehearsals (as dance captain), and providing assistance to the director in all capacities... it's been a whirlwind experience.
I look forward to the next opportunity and to learn and grow more as an artist, a director, and an actor.
After all the political turmoil, I declared one thing: disconnect from all the negativity and reconnect face-to-face. It's times like these that we need to take stock in the people we love, the relationships we have, and make it count.
That's what art truly is about, too. A friend of mine, Joseph Visaggi, and I got together to sing and create. Here's one of those gems.
Click here to view our cover of "Imagine" by John Lennon.
When I heard a colleague (and dear friend) of mine was writing, producing, and starring in her own short film, I knew I wanted to be involved. Friends working together to create work? Sign me up.
I joined the production team of the brand new short film 50 WORDS as the assistant director to the Director/Cinematographer Mark Palmer.
What a fun and interesting process to be a part of. On a low-budget, small-scale, locally-produced film project, the crew is small, the actors are unpaid, but the passion in the room is palpable. Everyone wants to create something, and create something that is good.
Not only was I able to assist the director, but I wore a plethora of hats and was a part of the process from beginning to end. We filmed over multiple weekends, and for long hours. I learned that I really love being a part of the creative process BEHIND the scenes. My ideas and my "can do" attitude were always useful, and I got to help a project flap its wings and soar.
We are all looking forward to a screening of the short film in Spring 2017! Learn more about this project here, and stay tuned!
Danae DeShazer is an actress, singer, and dancer living in Sarasota, FL.