19
Dec

KCACTF: On the Road Again!

I’m post-dating this so that it will be hidden until after the meeting to decide invited productions for the Region 2 festival. I saw these shows from October 30-November 7. One cool think that the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival does is to send professors and professional theater people out to see university shows […]

14
Aug
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Romeo and Juliet at Starling Shakespeare

Alumni of the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program at the American Shakespeare Center have founded or taken on the leadership of, a number of classical theater companies, drawing on the ASC’s scholarship and aesthetic, but with their own unique twist. Just off the top of my head: Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival (Arizona), Pigeon Creek Shakespeare (Michigan), […]

25
Jul

Peter Brook Project: The Open Circle

I read this book by accident as part of my endeavor to read all of Peter Brook’s published work. It was miscatalogued as being written by him, but actually, the authors are Andrew Todd and Jean-Guy Lecat. This was a happy mistake, though, in that I learned a lot from this book, so I’m glad […]

Creativity Midwife

In the pandemic period of No Theater (as opposed to Noh Theater, which is also kind of slow and weird, but different), I found a lot of interesting ways to use my skills as a director. I directed people through the process of getting their COVID shots, which was pretty great. I did a fair […]

Peter Brook Project: The Shifting Point

I’m usually a super fast reader, but it took me forever to get through The Shifting Point. I’m trying to pin down exactly what about it was such a slog, but it’s hard to identify exactly. Certainly one factor is that the book isn’t at all cohesive. It’s a mishmash of speeches, articles, diaries, and […]

3
Jul

PAUSE for Actor Mental Health

In my training as a director, I read lots of books, I saw lots of shows, I sat in on rehearsals (still love doing that—let me know if you’re rehearsing something and wouldn’t mind an observer!), I learned about text analysis, I had endless theoretical conversations with teachers and mentors. By the time I was […]