Tag Archive | money

An Analysis of Playwriting Residencies

Ever since taking Dramaturgy, I’ve thought a lot about the importance of financially supporting artists who make their livings doing creative work. Grants, fellowships, and residencies are invaluable for supporting the future generations of artists, especially for playwrights. Recently, HowlRound posted an assessment of the National Playwright Residency Program.  My interest was sparked not only because […]

Million Dollar Community Theatre – The Conundrum, Part One

Over winter break, I saw a production of Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, one of the few theaters in my hometown, and one of only several in West Michigan. (This is a town I am still getting to know, having only lived there on breaks from college for the past three […]


This week, as members of STAMP and I fundraise for PROM, I’m realizing something big. People love art. People want to experience art, specifically art that’s part of a communal experience. People will pay money to enrich their lives with art and support the work of artists. Desiré was selling tickets at the end of […]

*With Valid Student ID

So, I’ve inevitably been thinking a lot about graduation over the past few weeks. I’ve experienced the gamut of classic post-grad feelings: fear, anxiety, readiness, suspense, excitement, bewilderment. But an aspect of post-grad life that had not occurred to me until recently suddenly took me by surprise: graduating = no more student ID Trust me, it’s not that I’m sad to […]

The PLAY After Tomorrow (It’s Wicked Cold)

It’s a tough time to be doing theatre in Boston right now. Let’s face it, it’s a tough time to be doing anything in Boston right now. WCVB news calculates that it’s snowed 96.3 inches this season (in an article posted two days ago, and it snowed again yesterday, and today, so I’m simply dying to know where we’re at now…). […]

Survival and Money

I was recently watching a conversation between Anne Bogart and Leon Ingulsrud of the SITI Company, and Stacy Klein, Carlos Uriona, and Matthew Glassman of Double Edge Theatre on the HowlRound TV archives. Towards the end of the conversation, an audience member asked a question about how to excite and engage others to create a […]

Target Demographic

How on earth is my demographic (18-34 year-old, male, (and, let’s be honest, straight and white), or possibly 18-49, etc.)  still the most coveted in terms of sales, advertising, and apparently Broadway?  I really want to know, because I find it a bit baffling.  It can’t be because there are more of us.  Data indicates […]

The Power of Art in a Naiton

There once was a city called Medellin tucked away in the mountains of northwest Colombia. It was once home to the cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, and with the cartels came crime and violence. In 1991, it was the murder capital of the world. The Colombian government intervened to help alleviate this horrific state, but not […]

The Easy Choice

Previously on this blog I have advocated for the consideration of stage managers as theatre artists, citing our creative sensibilities in communicating notes from the rehearsal room, and the influence we can have on the execution of the design elements in a production. I truly believe this, and recognize in myself my own capacity for […]

Failing and Trying – The Advantages of Theatremaking in the University Setting

A topic that’s been circulating back around on the blog in the past few weeks has been the BU School of Theatre’s place in the larger university setting, specifically in terms of uniting with the larger university curricula and sharing what we in the SOT have to offer with a university-wide audience (See: Rachel Rees’ […]

Cheap Theatremaking

I have often heard professors of some of my theatre classes advocating the advantage of not having “a lot of stuff” onstage. In other words, minimal (or no) constructed design elements. Natural light in an empty room can be even more effective than a fancy light plot on a proscenium stage, we’ve discussed. We’ve looked […]

The Perils of Valuing Love Above Life

I’ve read several articles recently about the intersection of passion, art, and finances. As Meron Langser points out, no one has to remind aerospace engineers that their time is valuable and they deserve to be compensated. This compensation can take two forms–monetary or emotional. Working in the arts tends to involve necessarily privileging love of the work […]

Mo’ Money, Less Art: A Response to “The Arts Can’t Rely On Money”

First let me say that I firmly believe great theatre and great art comes out of the worst circumstances. Langston Hughes at one point had a female patron who paid for his bills and the like, but he eventually turned away from her because he felt that the comfortable life, the life where his art […]

The Arts Can’t Rely On Money

Yesterday, I received an email forwarded to me, from Erin Williams, Cultural Development Officer of the city, Worcester, MA.  The email was entitled, “Invest in our Cultural Facilities.”   It asked me to sign a petition to the Governor of Massachusetts in regards to the Cultural Facilities Fund.   The Cultural Facilities Fund “was designed as a […]