When I was accepted into the Study Abroad Program in London for my Junior year, I was a bit hesitant. Because of the way my major was structured, there was a possibility I’d have to attend an extra year just to graduate.
I could hear the disappointment in my mother’s voice at the possibility of not going. “This is the chance of a lifetime!” she said repeatedly.
My Guidance Counselor agreed. “You’re bigger than this college,” he began, “an extra year would be worth the experience. Besides, you might not want to come back!”
Going to London was the best decision I ever made, and it was beyond my expectations.
I not only learned so much, I grew into myself… and made lifelong friends who are still with me today.
Six years later I returned to rehearse in London for the Edinburgh Fringe Theater Festival. I got rave reviews from the BBC for my performance in “Moonchildren” and got to play several fascinating and challenging roles in the European Premier of “Playing for Time.” It felt like going home.
I thought I’d be back soon after that, but you know, Life happens. It would be nearly 30 years before I was standing on the doorstep of my old college (that was now a Youth Hostel). That trip was the “last hoorah” before becoming a Foster Dad.
April is also full of meaning. April 2016 was the beginning of life with my son. April 2018 was a year it all fell apart and now April 2023 is on the horizon, full of promise… rising from the ashes like the Phoenix.
All of these experiences – the good, bad, and brilliant – are merging in a gallery in London.
Sharing my city, my history, and my art will truly be the dream of a lifetime.
Please help make this dream come true. Every little bit helps. https://gofund.me/f6cfc391