Press for New Play Reading

Thanks to the Atlanta Jewish Times for this lovely write-up about a new play reading I directed, May God Bless Her. I was privileged to collaborate with playwright Hank Kimmel and assemble a stellar cast—Brian Kurlander, Faina Khibkin, Imani Vaughan-Jones, and Adir Lev Mann—to bring this new work to life. It addresses themes of family, faith, tradition, and a shared longing for human connection that feels very relevant and palpable in these times. I’m excited to see how the play continues to develop and hopefully will enjoy a full scale production in the not-too-distant future!

Letting Go and Embracing the Play

Pamela Gold

This month I was so happy to be back on set shooting a Georgia Lottery commercial. Unfortunately, my “Nosey Lady” didn’t make the final edit, but I was grateful to get to play for the day with a fabulous group of actors and a great production staff and crew. As actors, we have very little control in this business, which is why it’s important to stay focused on exercising our creative muscles while letting go of any attachment to outcome. Easier said than done. It takes practice, which is why I am also grateful for the freeing “Get Out of Your Head Level 3” class I just wrapped at The Alliance Theatre with the most generous and supportive ensemble of actors and teachers. Each week we took creative risks, challenged ourselves with material and roles that were way outside our comfort zone, and used physical and emotional tools to find our way in and fully embody our characters. Most of all, we stayed positive and playful and found so much joy through our work.
Now that’s something we can control.

Back to the Burrow

Into the Burrow

It was an absolute joy to be reunited with the cast of Into the Burrow during three special concert performances of our show during the 2024 TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences)/USA National Festival and Conference, hosted by the Alliance Theatre. Bringing together theater-makers from all over the world, the Festival showcased a diverse range of live performances, staged readings, and concerts, presented in conjunction with the Woodruff Art Center’s “Toddler Takeover.” It is always a joy to share the soaring music and hopeful message of this beautiful show with new audiences of all ages!

Premiere of Single Black Female 2

Pamela Gold

Such a fun evening attending the Atlanta premiere of Single Black Female 2, which I filmed last summer! I’m grateful for the opportunity to play “Sister Iris” in the film, and I had a great time on set working with Amber Riley, director Shari L. Carpenter, and my fellow Aligned Stars Agency “sister,” Stella Doyle. 


Synopsis: 
Three years after narrowly escaping the murderous clutches of her half-sister Simone (Amber Riley), Monica (Raven Goodwin) is ready for a fresh start in Seattle as the host of the city’s #1 primetime investigative television program. With her best friend Bebe (K. Michelle) by her side and a new love interest, things are looking up for Monica. Secretly nursed back to health and suffering from amnesia, Simone is building a new life when she comes across Monica on TV and her memories come rushing back, leading to a fateful reunion between the sisters. Can the two put the past behind them? Or will Simone’s need to get revenge win the day?


Intrigued? You can catch Single Black Female streaming on Lifetime TV.

Community

With Alex Edelman in his hit one-man Broadway show, JUST FOR US, at The Alliance Theatre

I’m so grateful that the new year has already provided opportunities to gather in community with my fellow Atlanta artists. A group of us enjoyed a riveting, provocative, and hilarious performance by Alex Edelman in his hit one-man Broadway show, JUST FOR US, at The Alliance Theatre. After the post-show talkback, Alex was kind enough to spend more time talking shop with us and then happily posed for our group photo. And it was wonderful to be back in class with my fellow screen actors at Arvold Warner Studio. Advanced OCAT (On-Camera Audition Techniques) class with Déjà Dee was a great way to jump start 2024. There’s nothing like creating and connecting in person!

Goodbye to the Burrow

Closing night of Into The Burrow

Happy Closing to INTO THE BURROW. This one was hard to say goodbye to.


As The Alliance Theatre’s longest running show in 30 years, we played 104 public performances. That’s 10 shows a week over almost 3 months. We entertained and educated thousands of students and hundreds of families.  Every show touched my heart, not just because I got a serious cardio workout doing my “Tiggy tap dance” twice a day, but because of the beautiful message we shared with every audience, and the close relationships we forged as a cast and crew. We really did become a family.


It was a pleasure and privilege to help bring this world premiere musical to life. And we couldn’t be prouder that other regional theaters are already interested in mounting their own productions of this special show. Here’s to the beginning—not the end—of INTO THE BURROW!

On A Personal Note

Celebrating 30 years

My husband and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary. It sounds cliché, but I really don’t know where the years have gone. We’ve raised three wonderful kids; owned a menagerie of dogs, chickens, a rabbit, a guinea pig, hermit crabs, exotic koi, and briefly—a pig; moved from Atlanta to New York, then back to Atlanta; traveled, and held numerous jobs. We’ve experienced joy, grief and everything in between. It’s been a wild and beautiful ride.


As artists, we can’t pursue our passions without the support of the people who love us. During this season of Thanksgiving, I am especially grateful to my partner in life who has always stood by my side as my best friend, cheerleader, and anchor. I can’t wait to see where the next 30 years takes us.

World Premiere at The Alliance Theatre

INTO THE BURROW

Celebrating the opening of Into the Burrow: A Peter Rabbit Tale, a world premiere family musical at The Alliance Theatre, the leading producing theater in the Southeast and a recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award. I am especially grateful to be a part of this uplifting, hopeful story and this wonderful company during this dark time in our world.


I play Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the hedgehog laundress who also —surprise!— tap dances!! Our production runs concurrently with a special Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature exhibit at The High Museum of Art, and I am overjoyed to open a show that has already touched the hearts and minds of children and adults alike.


Our show’s mantra is:
“Take care of your friends,
Take care of the land,
Share all your food,
And lend a helping hand.”
If Peter Rabbit and his friends can do it, surely we can too.


Thank you to Mark Valdez for writing this beautiful and inspiring piece of theatre, and The Alliance Theatre under the caring and capable artistic direction of Christopher Moses and Tinashe Tkajese-Bolden for creating the space for this work to live and advocating so passionately for arts education.


I believe this is how we change the world, one child and one heart at a time.


>>Come see us through December 23rd!

JWFA Panel & Fundraiser

Panel

I’m honored to have participated in this panel of Women in the Arts for the Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) and their fall fundraiser, which also featured  producer/casting director Jody Feldman, gallery owner Fay Gold, arts critic and journalist Cathy Fox, and museum director Leslie Gordon. We spoke about the challenges we face as artists, women, and a society in the wake of the pandemic, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the ever-growing threat posed by AI, and cultural appropriation, among other topics. It was an enlightening and thought-provoking discussion, and I hope we will have the chance to continue Part 2 of the conversation at a future JWFA event! Kudos to this impactful organization that works tirelessly to help empower Jewish girls and women.

Order For Ben – Short Film

Order For Ben

Just wrapped a beautiful, independent short film called Order For Ben and I’m excited to share some BTS photos. We had SAG-AFTRA’s blessing in the midst of the strike to shoot this project about a young transgender man who is working to repair his fractured relationship with his estranged father. Big thanks to Adam Plant for writing this deeply personal story and inviting me to be a part of telling it as his “mom”, Kristina Arjona for her sensitive and thoughtful direction, and everyone on set for creating such a safe, welcoming, and accepting space.