I’ve been compiling a list of playwriting resources for playwrights and theatricians. Here’s a list of twenty-four so far. I’m always looking to expand this resource, so if you have any favorites, please post a link in the comments!
As anyone who dabbles in theatrical effects knows, cheap stage blood is very unforgiving and will stain your skin and clothes if you look at it the wrong way, whereas most commercially available bottles of “washable fabric-safe fake blood” come in tiny bottles that are prohibitively expensive. So, how do we keep the cleaning budget from ballooning out of control? By making it ourselves using my tried and true, super-sexy, fabric-safe, no-stain washable stage blood recipe, that’s how!
Today, I’m thrilled to share with you my interview with Jennifer Zhang, an incredibly talented, tenacious, and multifaceted filmmaker, performer, musician and martial artist. She was featured in Deadline in 2021 for writing, shooting, starring in, and editing a complete feature film on her iPhone 8 during lockdown, and since then her films have been tearing up the festival circuit around the world! If that’s not Something Awesome, I don’t know what is.
Tonight, I lead the Brute Squad out of the depths of Avernus and into the Wasteland of The Commonwealth. That’s right, we’re swapping our polearms for power armor, and playing a Fallout RPG one-shot: With A Bang, Or A Whimper!
So yesterday, I got to have a lot of fun with the team from the M3 (M Cubed) Podcast and engage in a mock debate about the new SAG-AFTRA Agreement with Jay from SciTrek.
Happy Holidays, friends! ‘Tis the season to celebrate family and friends through a variety of unique traditions. Some of us sing holiday songs. Some of us cook incredible feasts. Some of us believe the season doesn’t officially begin until Alan Rickman falls off the top of Fox Plaza in Century City.
I’ve been a gamer ever since I was a kid, and I have a deep love for the art form. To help scratch that itch between sessions, I’ve decided to try playing a solo RPG right here on my blog.
This week, I want to introduce you to the incredibly talented LaDarrion Williams. I met LaDarrion years ago through mutual connections within the LA theatre community, and I’ve been a fan of his ever since. Through the tangled web that is social media, I’ve seen him struggle and strive and build a name for himself as an author and playwright, and through pure tenacity and determination, he’s demonstrated that he is someone to watch.
Back on the M3 podcast this week! We were supposed to talk about the new SAG-AFTRA Agreement, but we got sidetracked. Instead, Harris and I spent a lovely ninety minutes geeking out about the James Gunn DCCU, how The Marvels was a hell of a lot of fun, how good the new What If? trailer looks, the concept of Superhero Fatigue, and much, much more.
This past month’s been pretty intense. Between designing lights for two productions back-to-back (plus doing electrical work on a third), lining up multiple new partnerships for The StageCrafts for 2024, plus a hosting a group of writers on long weekend up in the mountains, I’ve been going pretty hard. In fact, things are getting so complicated and changing so rapidly, I’ve had to figure out a new organization system to keep track of everything.
Yesterday, I had the distinct pleasure to be a guest on the M³ Podcast’s Wednesday Cinema Scoop, talking about the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike and a bunch of other interesting topics!
“Gregory Crafts is always stellar, both on stage and in the directorial chair.”
Gregory Crafts is an award-winning and critically acclaimed multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than thirty years of industry experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and producer.
After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003, Greg migrated to Los Angeles, California, where he currently plies a multitude of trades that allow him to flex his creative muscles. He resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their cats.
In 2008, Greg co-founded Theatre Unleashed, a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre ensemble based in Hollywood, CA, and he proudly serves as the company’s Executive Director.
Greg is also a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, the Dramatists Guild, a Lifetime Member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and a founding board member of the Theatre Producers of Southern California. He has also previously served as a board member of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and Flat Tire Theatre Company.
In late 2016, Greg and his wife Jenn teamed up to form a live event venue management company. On January 1st, 2017, the pair took control of studio/stage, a unique 40-seat performance space located in L.A’s Koreatown. Now working under the banner of The StageCrafts, Jenn and Greg are always seeking new venues to add to their portfolio.
With what little free time he has, Greg enjoys supporting local theatre, reading banned books, making “to do” lists, shotgunning Star Trek reruns, memorizing Epic Rap Battles of History lyrics, fine-tuning his websites, torturing himself through 5k mud runs, livestreaming his Dungeons & Dragons sessions, and practicing Tae Kwon Do. He also nurses an unhealthy obsession with the Boston Red Sox.
- Creative Multi-Hyphenate
- Theatre Maker
- Coffee lover
- Cat Dad
- Professional Dungeon Master (yeah, that's a thing!)
- Emerson Mafioso
- Gonna be on your favorite TV show one day
- Let's Go Red Sox!