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From surival, art.

I posted about this on Facebook and it seems like a worthy endeavor to declare here, too.

It’s been on my heart a lot lately, a quiet insistence that I have a story to tell even if I don’t want to explore it. I read this article this morning (long, moving, difficult, grievous) and it wrecked me. But through it all came again the need (rather than a desire) to develop a one woman show around the events of my Dad’s death.

It emerged in a 48th Street exercise led by Gary Austin, a 30 minute improv that found me playing childhood games and indulging in huge imaginative explorations of time and space — all to avoid reality. All to avoid crying. I felt kind of like this:


After the improv, Gary knew there was something under the surface and started asking thoughtful questions until he found the wound I’d been protecting. It was too early to be that vulnerable, but he made me realize that the pain would ground and magnify the playfulness.


We’re artists. We take our lives and turn them into works of art. It’s how we process. It’s how we give back. It’s how we stay alive: We share it.


Gary Austin’s workshop: highlights

This weekend I galivanted, played, cried, explored, failed, joyed, thrilled, danced, derobed, and foolished in Gary Austin‘s ever-amazing improv workshop.

In the rare moments I wasn’t on my feet, I had the opportunity to furiously tap out a few notes onto my phone, to share with you today.

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“Always be Acting.”

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss (Photo credit: Scott Beale)


Can’t go wrong with this simple wisdom from Richard Dreyfuss:




It’s here.

Go deeper on the official website.

Revelation was ultimately made out of a pursuit of the love of process. It was created as a gift, to ourselves and to the arts loving community. It’s available online. If it gives you a moment of beauty, if it touches you, please pass it on and share those moments with another. Thank you so much for being an integral part of Revelation’s journey.

Director’s notes from our sold-out premiere at Teatro Zinzanni:

What is Revelation?

A revelation can occur to you, or it can come from within the your own heart. It can arrive like trumpets and timpani, or with a still small voice. A revelation changes your world.

 Six wordless micro-short films explore the moment of epiphany – the space between what was and what is – through generative movement, from the perspective of six actresses.

 Each microshort is intended as a stand-alone piece, that when viewed together transcend the individual experience and touch the universal. Follow the journey from its coming of age origin, through gaining a sense of power, the discovery of loss, the love for family, the wisdom of experience, until final microshort that encompasses them all – that this mortal coil is but a dream within the dream we sojourn here on earth.

 Revelation was created in ensemble work over several months in Spring 2012, and filmed in two days. Our script was ourselves – our hopes, fears, vulnerabilities, strengths, dreams, and desires.

 Thank you for joining in our journey!

~Wonder Russell


Revelation Trailer

My new project, Revelation, a short film about epiphany, premieres online for all on 10.17. The trailer just launched! Enjoy! May it give you goosebumps. 🙂

Revelation: Trailer from Revelation Film Project on Vimeo.

Green Smoothie Smug Booty

I just finished a green smoothie (recipe below) so tasty, that I wished I had a spatula at work to finish every drop.

Am I a convert? Sure, but it’s not what you think. It’s not like this green smoothie tastes like it looks – which according to my colleague who saw me savoring every green gooey sip is “festering dog snot.”

Green smoothie! Spinach, romaine, 1/2 avocado, frozen mango, 1 nectarine, coconut oil, unsweetened almond milk, Vitamineral Green, bee pollen.

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Underdeveloped and Overexposed

The past couple of days, I was at the eye of a name-calling storm on Twitter, that stemmed from a real-life event. It went so far and got so ugly, that I wanted to write up a post warning others of my experience. Then, I was struck by an odd actor-brain thought.

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I’m Thankful

I’m thankful for everything that’s happened to me this year. I’m thankful for The Collectibles, The Summer Home, This Is Ours, I’m thankful for the auditions I went on, and the parts I didn’t get.

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Audition Advice: Celebrate

Casting call for black cats, Los Angeles, 1961...

Casting call for black cats, can you imagine? They're all "right" for the part!

Too many times, we get out of an audition and spend the time on the drive home raking ourselves over the coals. Does this sound familiar? We agonize over what we could have done better, why we won’t get the part, that one line we should have delivered like this, our laugh was too shrill, we didn’t laugh enough …

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Body of Work 2011

I’ve been blessed to work on some incredible projects this past year! This is a love letter to the directors who cast me, the writers who created the characters, the cinematographers who pulled us from the shadows, the editors who told the story the final time. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. I am truly grateful!

I urge you to check out and support the filmmakers behind these projects!

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