A little background on how this all happened:
Three weeks ago I received an email from Gabor Tompa, my former professor and mentor, telling me about IUGTE's (International University- "Global Theatre Experience") Shakespeare Performance Project, an international competition for professional directors . It offers the opportunity to study under the guidance of Sergei Ostrenko and culminates in the possibility of directing a Shakespeare production in Russia.
Early the next morning I woke up and wrote the prerequisite letter of intent, a directorial concept for a production of Romeo and Juliet and sent them along my CV, press packet and video clips.
Two days ago, I received an email telling me that I was chosen to be part of the Project and inviting me to take part in an intensive practical training program in Italy on May 21 - 25 at the Armata Brancaleone - International Theatre Academy in Massa, Italy. Being little more than a month away, I spent yesterday morning booking my flight and accommodations.