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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Audience (R)evolution 15

03.26.15

I'm in Kannsas City for a TCG gathering about audience engagement that has sort of morphed into a gathering about working across institutional lines. Now this is a topic I'm thoroughly interested in, but not quite what I expected. It'll ...

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Change the Ratio

03.19.15

Let's see if I have this straight. Women write about bias--unconscious or not--in an industry, they set up a group to support fellow women in said industry, men immediately comment on social media about how this isn't really a problem, ...

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The Return of Puppet Hamlet!

03.04.15

I would wager that, when faced with a show you don't know, you do something similar to the math I do. You cobble together the basic geometry of the show from the elements you do know. In the spring of 2014 ...

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Managing Audition Anxiety: Tangible Practices

02.17.15

Actors are not alone in needing to manage nerves, but compared to most professions, yours is unique in terms of how frequently you are placed in nerve inducing situations in order to get the job. Think of the engineers, nurses, ...

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Yearly Will I Do This Rite

01.21.15

Earlier this month, the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) held its 25th annual conference, hosted by the gracious staff at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; the event was comprised of both a practicum component as well as a more traditional conference, filled with panels, ...

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The Show Must Go On: Working When Sick

10.30.14

The 2014-15 theatre season is underway, causing me, desperately, to try not to fret over photos of strangers in first table reads as they begin to train their instruments to say those words (repetitively) throughout the rehearsal process and within ...

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How A Christmas Carol can save you and your theatre company

10.28.14

You don’t have to program it during the holidays to sell a bunch of easy tickets. That tactic works for lots of companies though, which made me wonder why. With anything as big as A Christmas Carol, there is more ...

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