February 20, 2019

We are genuinely excited to announce that CompassNeedle has officially launched our new program for visual artists. 

The program is called Artists (in) Fellowship (AiF).  AiF combines the components of a traditional fellowship with new elements for artists mak...

December 6, 2018

“Work is love made visible.” — Kahlil Gibran

Hypothesis:

Serving others -- work undertaken in the spirit of love, for the benefit of all -- is essential to the process of one’s own self-discovery. When approached with the right spirit, service to others becomes a gateway...

May 31, 2018

When I first sat with Charles in the beginning stages of what has now become CompassNeedle we discussed the philosophy of service. Charles framed the conversation within the idea of service in regard to our self-interests and service to others. “Are the two mutually ex...

May 21, 2018

We had a great time at our CompassNeedle appreciation dinner last week. We were able to sit down and take pause and be grateful for one another.

To paraphrase our Director, Charles Goforth' short speech during dessert:

First, can we thank Alexandria Hodgkins for planning...

April 9, 2018

When I first started writing “A Small Country,” my idea was to examine how a couple, living in a liberal suburban community, deals with the aftermath of a hate crime.

But the play has turned out to be much more than that. Mainly, this has to do with the question of “hom...

March 2, 2018

What if one day suddenly I woke as a spider, and on that day I decided to crawl out of the darkness and towards the rest of the world, towards the warmth and light of the brightest star? But as I climb, a deluge of greed and violence come hurtling towards me as if the...

February 2, 2018

The past couple of years Christmas had lost its meaning for me in how I was celebrating it. The children in my family had outgrown the magic of Christmas and gift giving started to feel like an obligation and not necessarily a gesture in the spirit of the holiday. This...

January 23, 2018

Fifteen years ago I became a member of a theater company that has over one hundred members that work at the highest level in the theater. My goal at that point was to be a working theater director. At that time, as a way to make money, the company began offering classe...

December 29, 2017

On Sunday, December 17th, twelve CompassNeedle artists met downtown to discuss CompassNeedle’s mission, to clarify shared goals and check the status of the short film and full length play we’re developing and producing.

These two projects began as treatments, and the wr...

November 20, 2017

In November, I was so happy to perform at the Annual Gala for Developing Artists—in part because I got to sing with Ana Ortiz (photo). But mostly I felt honored. Honored to help this beautiful organization. Yes, it teaches young actors. But it does more. My friend Jill...

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