Laugh and Donate for Georgia Senate Races!

Whose Election Is It Anyway – Georgia Edition!

We are again producing improv comedy shows to help support the Democrats running for Senate seats – this time in Georgia!

The two US Senate seats for Georgia will be determined in special elections on January 5. The Democrat candidates we are supporting for those seats are Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock:

Jon Ossoff: 

Raphael Warnock:

These two US Senate seats for Georgia will determine the power structure of the US Senate for the next two years. If you wish to support the side of the Democrats, you can donate at the fundraising link below:

Please read up on this special election and think carefully about how you vote if you’re a resident of Georgia:,_2021)

LAST SHOW!   8:00pm DEC 26! TONIGHT!

Join us for improv comedy and fundraising for Georgia’s Senate Races on the side of #OssoffAndWarnock!
This will be our sixth and final show in this series supporting Georgia Democrats running for Senate. If they win these two senate seats, the democrats will run the US Senate and Mitch McConnell will be done with his turn at the helm. If you’ve ever had any complaint about Mitch McConnell, you are in good company with us! Join us for laughs and fundraising!
Mountains of thanks to our amazing cast of comic improvisors!!
Andrew Harasty
Bill Dai Sutton
Emily Miller
Erica Harrah
Laura J. Parker
Liam Pippin Vaughan
Mary Collette
Mathias Blackett
Michael Greenstein
Thomas TJ Carani
And eternal inspiration from Romni Rossi!


Commedia Movement Class Resources

Fabrizio Paladin

Capitano video: 

More Fabrizio videos:

Theater Classes Facebook page:


Barry Grantham

Barry at Chalemie School:

Review of Barry Grantham’s book “Playing Commedia”




Laugh and Donate

I am just one person, and this is one thing I can do to fight against the bad things I see happening!

I am organizing comedy shows online to support fundraising efforts for three key US Senate races in 2020:

Amy McGrath to beat Mitch McConnell for KY Senate
Jaime Harrison to beat Lindsey Graham for SC Senate
Cal Cunningham to beat Thom Tillis for NC Senate

Here is ONE LINK to supporting our efforts for these three on – a reliable grassroots fundraising organization supporting the democratic party nationwide:

(one link to rule them all and in the darkness bind them….)

Search on Facebook for my public feed under “Lara Coutinho” to see our comedy improv shows all through October! We will be running 2-3 comedy shows streaming live on Facebook each week through October! Share the link to this blog post, or the Facebook invites, or the ActBlue fundraising links!



Videos of Classes taught at eRUM – Royal University of the Midrealm

Thanks again to Andres and Oswyn and the rest of the staff of the Midrealm’s education branch for moving such great content online!

Here are the links to the classes I’ve taught for the online version of Royal University of the Midrealm (eRUM):

  • How to use Google Resources To Mimic A Website For Your SCA Hobby, 15 JUNE 20, 
  • Commedia dell’ Arte for the Audience, 11 MAY 20, Sophie,
  • Conflict Resolution for People (Not Heraldry), 11 MAY 20, Sophie,
  • Making Commedia dell’ Arte Happen in the SCA, 1 JUN 20, Sophie,
  • Taking the Teeth out of Stagefright, 8 JUN 20, Sophie and Lucia,
    • Second session of this class taught on OCT 11 – link to video TBA
  • My sister’s class “How To Create A Class From What You Already Know” was a class I was deeply involved in co-creating with her, she taught at Atlantia University on September 12 and at Royal University of the Midrealm on September 21. Here’s the link to the Midrealm class recording: 

More will come!



PS: I just have to add these links for other AMAZING classes taught and recorded at eRUM:

More Data on Coronavirus as of April 3, 2020

Coronavirus Data Dashboards

An amazing colleague of mine in Europe has compiled an excellent list of public “dashboards” that display different views of Coronavirus data. I’m sharing some of them with you now.

All the data in my previous post is still valid. The following dashboards offer many different perspectives on the same data. You as the user can dig into a high list of options for how you want to filter and view that data.

Again, be careful how much time you spend looking at this stuff. Take a break when you need to.

These two are really amazing:

ESRI – All Hazards Consortium
Map including state level restrictions compilation:

These dashboards include data compiled and presented by Germany, Italy, Virginia (USA), and even some high school kid who compiled data from the CDC and WHO.

  1. – Robert Koch Institute (Germany)
  2. – Berlin Morgenpost Visualizaton (Germany)
  3. – Department of Civil Protection (Italy)
  4. – University of Virginia (Adds a time slider)
  5. – World Treatment Dashboard – free account required
  6. – World Covid Statistics Dashboard (numerous different graph views)
  7. – Covid Specific Country Statistics Graphs (editable by country)
  8. – Covid Live Dashboard (High School kid from Washington State using CDC and WHO data)


My credentials: Lara Coutinho - Senior Knowledge Manager

Coronavirus Guidance as of April 3, 2020

Guidance regarding behavior must be backed up by hard data. Otherwise, your actions may be a waste of time or actively damaging. My previous blog post offered hard data sources for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) cases worldwide (COVID-19). This blog post offers some additional guidance based on data compiled by sources I recommend as the most reliable we have.

For those folks struggling with where to find reliable data, and the interpretation of data that provides us guidelines, I recommend the following: – The World Health Organization (WHO) is the international gold standard for health related information. – The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers American focused guidance. This page offers an FAQ. – FEMA now has a rumor control FAQ.

One aspect of this crisis I have yet to find reliable data on is regarding how much one needs to clean the groceries when bringing them into the house. This is unclear because we have little data regarding how long this coronavirus survives on surfaces.
Remember, this is “Novel Coronavirus” which is a new thing never seen before. Data on other coronaviruses shows that they can live on surfaces for as long as a few days. This is what the WHO has to say about the topic:
“It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.”

My credentials:

Lara Coutinho - Senior Knowledge Manager

Coronavirus Data as of March 31, 2020

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the Novel Coronavirus. This blog post provides a short summary of the public data available regarding cases, deaths, and recoveries worldwide.

The short short version:

Click this link to see the most up to date data regarding COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus cases, deaths, and recoveries worldwide:

This data is presented in a map form. You can click on various buttons to filter the data to see what you want. The sources for this data are displayed as links on the map. Data is updated continually.

The moderately short version:

The data feeding this map is compiled by the Johns Hopkins University and shared publicly. Many other institutions use the same data and publish maps with a different focus to the data. For example, the US Army 5th Engineering Detachment’s Geospatial Planning Cell at USINDOPACOM (Honolulu, Hawaii) has published a map with the same data. The map looks different because the data is displayed organized by Combatant Command – the military’s way of dividing up the globe into regions.

To see the Army’s Combatant Command version of the COVID-19 data map, click here:

Army 5th Engineering Detachment Geospatial Planning Cell COVID-19 data map

Another organization compiling and sharing data is the World Health Organization. Their map is here:

World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 data map


John’s Hopkins University’s medical research institution has become the clearing house and source for the most up to date COVID-19 data, so most of the maps you can see publicly are getting their data from Johns Hopkins University.

For a quick 1 page intro to John’s Hopkins Medicine, click here:

For a review of Johns Hopkins University that may give you more perspective on their stellar reputation for medical research, click here:

A deeper dive into maps, data and sources:

ESRI is a company that produces mapping software. Most of the maps you can easily find online are using ESRI’s software to produce the maps.

ESRI also has a data catalog for COVID-19 data with descriptions of their sources here:

That ESRI link will give you more data and sources than you can read in a month of isolation. Click at your own risk. You may be in front of your computer for a while. 😉

About me:

I work as a Senior Knowledge Manager for Booz Allen Hamilton in support of the All Partners Access Network – within the Unclassified Information Sharing program of U.S. DoD.

In plain English, my day job is managing unclassified information so users worldwide can get the information they need, when they need it, to make informed decisions.

For more detail, see my LinkedIn profile here:

Lara Coutinho - Senior Knowledge Manager

Sophie’s Class List with Handouts

My Classes

The Whole Enchilada

Class descriptions, click this link to see the whole spreadsheet including Class Title, Category, Description,  and link to handout:

Handouts Only

Handouts are available in this *View Only* but public sharing folder on Google Drive:  Let me know if you have trouble downloading.

Class Title List and if the class has a handout built by me, no handout, or I use someone else’s handout:

  1. Conflict Resolution Methods – People not Heraldry – MY HANDOUT
  2. Organizing Performing Arts in the SCA for Performers and Event Staff – MY HANDOUT
  3. Commedia dell’ Arte for NON actors – MY HANDOUT
  4. Commedia dell’ Arte – troupe management – NO HANDOUT
  5. Introduction to Commedia – MY HANDOUT
  6. Commedia Workshop 201 (Advanced) – NO HANDOUT
  7. Improvisation Skills for Commedia Characters – MY HANDOUT
  8. How to Perform Commedia Characters – NO HANDOUT
  9. How to Run an Iron Commedia Session – NO HANDOUT
  10. Iron Commedia Sessions – Intro to Commedia with rehearsal and performance. – NO HANDOUT
  11. How to Make Commedia Happen in your Local SCA Group – NO HANDOUT
  12. Period Commedia Performed for Modern Audiences – MY HANDOUT
  13. Commedia dell’ Arte by Barry Grantham – what I learned at the 5 day workshop by Barry Grantham in Oxford, England. – MY HANDOUT
  14. Late Period Theater, or Commedia & the English Renaissance (Co-Taught with Lady Meriorie Matheson) – NO HANDOUT
  15. SCA Dance Music – Sources both modern and historic – Lorenzo’s Handout!
  16. Pentamere Dances Instruction Package for Promoting Period Dance – Gwendolyn’s Handout!
  17. “IF David Bowie had lived back then.” – Terpsichore Book!
  18. Buffens Sword Dance from Arbeau – MY HANDOUT
  19. Queen Adelhait’s Pavane and other SCA Choreographies by Lady Sophia the Orange and Lord Johann von Solothurn – MY HANDOUT
  20. SCA Dance – The Dance Steps to ~30 dances – Terpsichore Book!
  21. Creating a Performing Group in the SCA – NO HANDOUT
  22. Improvisation Skills for SCA Life – MY HANDOUT
  23. Responsible Performing in the SCA – NO HANDOUT
  24. How to Create and Run a Kingdom Sized Performing Arts Program – NO HANDOUT
  25. Finding Research Materials for Performing Arts in the SCA – NO HANDOUT
  26. Bardic Circles 101; aka “Running and Participating in Bardic Circles.” – MY HANDOUT
  27. Performing Arts Best Practices – MY HANDOUT
  28. Performing Arts Feedback – MY HANDOUT
  29. Taking the Teeth Out of Stagefright – Efenwealt’s Handout!
  30. Performing Arts Roundatbles – NO HANDOUT

Sophie’s 2020 Performance Schedule

This is my performance schedule for Commedia, Shakespeare, and improv for 2020. Subject to change, but this looks very likely to be it. If you want to join in my fun, please do! My email is at the bottom!

1) March 7 – Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival –
The autocrat approved a 30 minute performance time for “Shakespeare in Germany” which is 90% i Firenzi people anyway, so I’m calling it “I Firenzi and Friends”. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO is welcome to join in and perform a Shakespeare monologue or short scene. If we need more stage time, we can probably get it, but that is not guaranteed since it needs review and approval by the Autocrat.

2) April 18 & 19 – Festival of Legends –
i Frienzi will again present fun and silliness of commedia at this local fantasy fest at Optimist Farm.

3) April 25 – Gawain and the Green Knight event  –
We decided, so far, to present the commedia show that we develop for Festival of Legends AND some Shakespeare scenes, AND a Who’s Line Doth It Be Anyway show! ALL OF IT! If you want to join in our fun, please let me know!

4) May 31 – North Carolina Museum of Art Ren Faire & Barony of Windmasters’ Hill DEMO –
Our own Isabella is running this big demo, and i Firenzi is expecting and expected to do something. What we’re doing is unclear. But it’s on my calendar.

5) June 27 – Known World Theater Arts Symposium
If you want to do COMMEDIA or SHAKESPEARE with me at this event, please let me know!

6) July 25-August 9 – PENNSIC!  Again, I’m running the Commedia All Stars, and it’s my 20th Anniversary of doing commedia. Yes, I’ve been studying, producing, promoting, teaching, and performing commedia for 20 years now. PLEASE let me know if you are coming to Pennsic and want to do commedia with me! (I can also give you suggestions on how to do commedia at Pennsic WITHOUT me if you want. 😉

7) September 26 – Midnight At The Oasis (MATO)
This is an old event The Canton of Nimenfeld put on at Optimist Farm that used to be fun years ago. Sir Alain is resurrecting it. Performing Arts is on their list, but specifics are TBD.

8) October 16-18 – War Of the Wings (WOW)
On Friday night, October 16, I hope to again do our traditional Naughty Show.

9) November 14 – Buckston Birthday
No idea what to do, but it’s local and friends run the event. It’s an opportunity for fun. I *think* this year’s theme is Alice In Wonderland. 🙂

10) December 5 – Unevent. No performing, but the business of drumming up support for performers is always done here, so I’ll be there.

I will be adding in some opportunities to do IMPROV COMEDY and audition new non-SCA folks for i Firenzi. My goals for 2020 include broadening my scope for playing myself and finding new friends who *genuinely* enjoy the same fun that I do.  If you want to come play with me, please let me know. Email is best “orangesophie” AT gmail.