Anti-Racism and Environmental Justice

The reckoning of the last three months has forced pluri-privileged white feminists and environmentalists such as myself to examine how our pursuit of “justice for all” has historically, and continues to, excluded BIPOC and LGBTQAI+ from the benefits of and conversations inside these movements. According the New York Times, STEM fields like “climate, conservation, environmental, …

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10,000 Auditions: 10 Year Reunion

10,000 Auditions An homage to Malcolm Gladwell, this recurring blog topic highlights some of my best (read: most horrific) audition experiences. Because, hey, if you wanna get good at something, you have to spend 10,000 hours doing it. That’s science. “Do you sing?” inquired world-renown British theatre director Keith Baxter. I started crooning Gershwin. “There’s …

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On Family Resemblance

My sister is the spitting image of my dad. So Italian, so petite. Dark hair, dark eyes. A nose that is Roman but not too Roman. And the older she gets, the more she looks like our lovely Irish mom with her pert cheeks and tiny teeth. I, on the other hand, look so unlike …

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