15 years ago, I loaded up my belongings and said goodbye to my home here in Kansas City in pursuit of my musical theater dreams in Chicago, IL. I attended Columbia College Chicago, earned my degree and soon found myself entrenched in the theater community there. As time went on my life evolved, I had a son, got married, had more kids and found myself reexamining what theater and art meant to me.
It was around that time Jason Epperson and I rebooted PerformInk in the Chicago area and life forever changed. I found a new calling, and through this new outlet I fell back in love with being an artist.
Almost immediately I began to dream of taking PerformInk to my hometown of Kansas City. To the place where all my dreams of being an actor began. To a community that nurtured and supported me while I tried to figure out if I wanted to pursue this crazy life.
Over the last decade I’ve watched the performing arts scene in KC grow. I am impressed every time I return by what is being created and the companies and artists creating it. It was on this last trip home over the summer that the feeling of bringing PerformInk to KC really took hold. I spent the next 4 months swimming in the plan, and now, here we are.
So, if you are reading this, and I’ve published this letter to the website that means we’ve pulled the trigger and PerformInk is alive in Kansas City. This is exciting! Hello! You might have a few questions about the site, and that’s understandable. PerformInk is a work in progress; it will change as the days and weeks go on, as we build our reputation and become connected to Kansas City.
Keep checking back, because I can promise you there are many things in the mix that we can’t wait to share. PerformInk, above all, is a home for the performing arts industry in Kansas City, and we want to hear from you, and we want you to be a part of this. As we grow PerformInk will become a home for not just theater, but all types of entertainment. A voice to highlight just how rich and diverse Kansas City artists are. So, have an idea? Something you want to suggest PerformInk focus on? Let me know. My door is always open, no idea is too small or too big. Art is ever-changing; life is ever-changing, and PerformInk will continue to change too.
And so I dedicate this letter to all those who’ve supported the arts, who’ve loved the arts, and most importantly, to those who’ve given their heart and soul to their art. Welcome home. Welcome to PerformInk.
Let’s break some legs together,