Giving Thought

11.28.17

Another Giving Tuesday, another day spent deleting emails unread and maybe unsubscribing from the places that send more than two in a day. And I work in the arts. But every year, it’s the same thing. An avalanche of emails, often ...

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Do we need more theatre in which audiences take an active role?

08.09.17

Let’s posit two categories of theatre. To be dramatic (that’s what we do, right?) we’ll call the first category “Sit-down-and-shut-up” theatre, meaning theatrical productions in which the audience is fundamentally expected to watch attentively but take no action that might disrupt ...

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Stoking the Fires

03.22.17

I often feel alone. My life experiences and the demands of my day-to-day are so specific to my life producing and performing in small budget theatre that it often feels that outside of rehearsal I can go for days without running ...

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Attemping to Find a Moral

02.13.17

There is good conversation and bad conversation. We’ve all been party to both. We’ve all had those talks that go late into the night and feel like you’re solving the world. Additive conversations where active listening provides the fuel for synthesis ...

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The Guy from New York

02.12.17

This past weekend on NPR's Weekend Edition, Scott Simon talked with David Marcus, a senior contributor to The Federalist and the artistic director of a theater company in New York City, about defunding the National Endowment for the Arts. Go ahead ...

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Why we need plays about Capitalism

02.03.17

It’s no accident that ancient and renaissance playwrights were drawn to write plays about heroes and nobles. Not only were they aspirational figures whose lives would be ripe for curiosity by potential patrons and audience members, heroes and nobles also ...

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Dancing With Myself

06.29.16

I'm almost as busy as you are. In that rush of "on to the next thing" I currently get most of my news on the fly from my Twitter and Facebook feeds. On a quick scroll through Twitter I caught my ...

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Hashtag 2thtr

06.17.16

After careful consideration and conversation, it's time. The 2amt hashtag is shifting to #2thtr. This week's events and hashtag fever have been catalysts, but we've been moving towards a second act for a while now. Some of those plans and ideas have ...

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Hashtag 2amt

06.17.16

About six and a half years ago, we started the #2amt hashtag on Twitter. If you're on this site, you know it's a conversation about theatre--performance, production, promotional ideas, outreach, what have you. It's been a wonderful conversation and community--and ...

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Peel out the Watchword

06.13.16

The Chicago Reader published as careful and deliberate a piece of investigative journalism covering the arts as I can ever remember reading.  In the piece Aimee Levitt and Chris Piatt laid out a history of mental and physical abuse and cultish ...

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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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