Hey everyone. It's Colin blogging again on this Odyssey Scholar page. I have had a major breakthrough on my project. After watching the documentary, Autism: The Musical, I was inspired to email the director of The Miracle Project, Elaine Hall. I emailed her all sorts of things about my project and what it was gonna be about and what I was going to do instead of presenting a masters thesis at the end of two years. I told herM hat I was going to be writing and directing and producing and performing in m own two man stage play, and she actually responded!!! Mrs. Hall responded to me a few weeks ago, and I was absolutely giddy. I was dancing in my chair, I was singing the Hallelujah chorus at eh top of my lugs; it was very bad. After I had calmed down, I read her email. Here is what she said:
Thank you for your email. How exciting that you are writing, directing, producing and performing in your own play about the affects of the performing arts on autism. Your project sounds timely, important, ambitious, and exciting. (I didn't catch what school you are attending?) I recently presented on a panel with Dr. Dan Siegel of the Mindsight Institute at UCLA and with one of my students who has autism about the effects of the arts on the brain. (See attached flyer)
Yes, I would be honored and delighted to speak with you. My program is called The Miracle Project, www.themiracleproject. org. We currently have classes throughout Los Angeles and offer trainings in the Inclusion from WithIn (I WIn) methdologies ® to theater companies across the US, including at Brown University, and in Asia. I can definitely share with you about some of the kids from Autism: the Musical.
With the holiday, next week and this week are a bit short so my immediate time is limited - Right now, I have available to talk next Thursday, September 7
9:30a.m. - 10:30a.m. PST
1:30p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The following week is more open.
Looking forward to touching base.
And congratulations on being an Odyssey Scholar.
This stunning email inspired me even more to reach out to one of my musical theatre idols: Lin Manuel-Miranda. I know that this is a long shot, but it might be one of the biggest breakthroughs in my entire project. I was a bit nervous at first abut even thinking about emailing this genius, but I realized that all I have to do is take a risk. I have not composed this email as of yet, but I plan to do so in the very near future. But for now, that's all from me. Make sure to stay tuned for more on this burning development.
In good spirits,