Author: kristinhelf

‘We don’t want this to just disappear’: Two student directors lead ‘The Vagina Monologues’

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Performers at the Vagina Monologues recite Eve Ensler’s “I Call You Body” 

Two student performers stood side-by-side on stage in Potomac Lounge Saturday night, projecting to the crowd a shared monologue about their bodies and the bodies of women all around the world — bodies with “No gloves, no mask, no protection from the sun, or the boss, or the foreman, or the President.”

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I directed a film

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John Zervas and Gwen Lehman (the dream team)

I’ve been meaning to start blogging for awhile now, but I’ve been waiting and waiting indefinitely for something super exciting and blog-worthy to happen. I thought about waiting until graduation (only two months from now, dude! Whoa!), and soon after moving to Ocean City and beginning my life as a real, non-student working girl.

Then I got impatient and decided to start blogging today. It’s my first ‘day off’ of spring break, because for the past three days, I’ve been directing a short film. Sunday was my official directorial debut, which happened at the Atlantic United Methodist Church on 4th street, in Ocean City, because OC in the off-season is secretly an aesthetically perfect but totally underutilized location for shooting a film.

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Theatre troupe “The Oven” tackles hot topics

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Photo by William Strang-Moya

The Oven, in addition to being a Baltimore-based theatre troupe made up of Towson alums, is a social action group whose performances take on one of the world’s highest-grossing criminal enterprises. The Oven’s goal is to take an issue as big as sex trafficking and show audiences the human side of the multi-billion-dollar illegal industry.

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Coming of age in “Darling”

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Senay Fisseha, Amanda Ferrarese and Mark Bessler in a still from their GoFundMe video. Photo courtesy of Amanda Ferrarese

Electronic media and film major and senior Amanda Ferrarese’s upcoming original production, “Darling,” is based largely on her own coming-of-age story, but fiction easily finds its way in.

““Darling” tells the story of a young woman, Evie Darling, who, upon finishing her first year of college and learning of her parents’ recent separation, decides that she can’t return home,” Ferrarese said. “It’s too heavy.”

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Tales from Baltimore’s Not My President’s Day

I love Baltimore’s art community and I love covering the things they do, especially when they’re political, socially relevant and really, really interesting. I was fortunate enough to speak with several of the co-organizers of Baltimore’s Not My President’s Day, a day-long celebration-protest on Feb. 20 that culminated in some super cool and thought-provoking performances at the Crown on North Charles that night. I also spoke to a few of the performers, many of whom were Towson students and alums who made me proud to go to a school where creativity and activism are so nurtured.

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(After writing, photographing stories like these is my second love) 

I wrote two stories–one for the Towerlight and one for the Baltimore Watchdog–and enjoyed every second of the reporting process, before, during and after the event. Below are those stories, along with a few pictures by me and my partner-in-crime, photographer William Strang-Moya. These are the stories that I love to tell.

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