Becoming Effortless

03.01.16

Effort. Webster’s defines effort as “work done by the mind or body: energy used to do something.” I spend more time than you can imagine thinking about, analyzing, and trying to minimize effort required by a body to achieve anything ...

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Arts marketing lessons from my church

02.11.16

Although I was raised in the Catholic Church, I am not a practicing Catholic. The few times I have been in a house of worship in the past two decades involved either a wedding, a christening, or my mother’s funeral ...

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What if every DC tourist saw a play?

01.20.16

This post may skate on the edge of self-promotion, because I am going to be drawing attention to a brief e-book I’ve co-authored; but I have a good story to tell about how this book is an example of the ...

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Important Poo

09.23.15

I spent all day absorbing what people said about New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’s now cancelled performance of The Mikado at NYU’s Skirball Center. I read blog posts, groaned at comment threads, and rolled my eyes when the Artistic ...

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#SayNoToMikado: A More Humane Mikado?

09.16.15

A roundup of articles about the current and recent productions of The Mikado and the controversy surrounding them. Leah Nanako Winkler from Sept 2015: The Mikado in Yellowface is Coming to the Skirball Center of the Performing Arts and We Should ...

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#SayNoToMikado: Here’s a Pretty Mess

09.16.15

Why the Mikado is a No-No, and Other Painfully Obvious Realities About Race Representation in the Theatre Nearly 4 years ago, as a fresh face on New York's scene, I attended the inaugural Asian American Performer's Action Coalition (AAPAC) meeting held ...

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An Empty Space Followup

09.14.15

I have long had an interest in arts groups using transitioning commercial and retail spaces to alleviate space crunch. On hearing that Matt Cosper and his Charlotte-based ensemble XOXO are taking part in such a venture I asked him to ...

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Rethinking The Actor’s Instrument: It Shouldn’t Hurt

08.24.15

We are not doing a great job of teaching our actors to care for their instruments properly. This is clear to me when I read (regularly) about an actor in a particularly difficult physical role answering questions with an attitude ...

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In Empty Spaces

08.18.15

I have long had an interest in arts groups using transitioning commercial and retail spaces to alleviate space crunch. On hearing that Matt Cosper and his Charlotte-based ensemble XOXO are taking part in such a venture I asked him to ...

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On Being Right

08.06.15

There is a mental habit formed early in the development of the modern American psyche: the immediate and perpetual recentering of yourself as the underdog. Our prevailing American narrative is one of rising above great (or more usually impossible) odds to ...

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Unauthorized Game Change Keynote

06.02.15

I am not a keynote speaker for TCG this year, but if I were, this is what I would say.   The Theatre Communication Group national conference this year is called Game Change.  As both an avid participant in that movement and ...

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The Tyranny of Me and You

04.22.15

I'm fascinated by observing chefs interacting with food. Unlike most folks who create they can't avoid their work outside their "studio", they need to eat after all. They are cursed to combine all the creativity of a visual artist with ...

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