Once upon a time, I signed a volunteer sheet to usher at a local theatre.

The director of La Compañía telephoned and cajoled me into auditioning.  

 

After my first performance, no cajoling would be necessary.

Instead of taking tickets, I would take direction.

Instead of ushering patrons, I would usher in my vocation.

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In the theatre, I found the perfect synthesis of my inclinations and susceptibilities:  the visual arts, literature, music, dance and perhaps most importantly collaboration.

 

Over the years my commitment to the theatre would be colored by the potential for social change through the work.  

As my own self-taught methodology developed, I began to see Acting as a spiritual act. 

 

The ability to focus, to be truly present onstage, became for me, the rehearsal for mindfulness offstage.