Tag Archive | Performing Arts

Re-creating the Product

This semester, I have the wonderful privilege of interning in stage management at Boston Ballet. I grew up dancing, started around 2 years old and competed on the studio’s dance team from age 9 to 17. It’s been wonderful to be immersed in dance again, and I am learning many interesting things about the world of professional dance and what it’s […]

One Does Not Simply F*** with the Dramatists Guild: Champions for the Little Guys

If you haven’t yet heard about the heated conflict brewing between the Dramatists Guild of America and the South Williamsport Junior Senior High School of Pennsylvania, please, drop whatever you’re doing (including reading this blog post), and read THIS. THE ESSENCE OF THE PROBLEM: A high school cancels a production of Spamalot due to fear […]

Theatre and Autisim: How Social Skills Are Engraved In The Performing Arts

A close family friend of mine has Asperger’s Syndrome, a autism-spectrum disorder, which causes her great social anxiety and great difficulty communicating with people. I spent much of my young life with her, always mediating between the larger social spectrum and her anxiety, trying to come to an understanding for all parties. However, when I […]

Pina Bausch Syndrome-What We SHOULD Be Having

Pina Bausch’s dance company has done a magnificent thing since her passing in 2009: survived. In a recent article by The Telegraph, Sarah Crompton explores the past few years in the Tanztheater Wuppertal dance company and how the evolution of the company has not only continued, but thrived in bringing in young and new collaborators. […]

Giving Back To Your Artistic Upbringing (where the f**k am I moving?)

No mater where we start, the conversation of “where are you moving?” constantly works its way into conversation between my peers and I. As the Senior Class prepares to go out into the nation and become active theatre artists, I often find that I am torn between moving to some grand city (alright, lets be […]

Some hypothetical math and a real idea.

Since discussing the state of the theatre with Diane Ragsdale in class, and after reading vstalli’s recent post about needing a new business model for the theatre, I’ve been wondering if my company‘s ticket incentive could fit the bill in some way for other small companies. We give each performer their own discount code (i.e. for […]

The Good, The Bad, and The Interesting

I rarely see theatre that is truly exceptional, either exceptionally bad or exceptionally good. Whatever we want to tell ourselves, most is by definition average. Average doesn’t mean unsatisfying, unstimulating or unintersting, but it’s rare to see a piece like Mies Julie, and even rarer to walk out to discover that the world has changed […]

Let’s Hold Hands and Sing Kumbaya

I just read an intriguing article by Ira Gamerman on HowlRound.  The article was more or less about ageism in regards to new play development.  As a potential playwright myself, I found the article exciting but also really scary.  I often find myself freaking out about what the fuck I am going to do after […]


I feel like I start every post with “Wow.” I’ll have to go back through them and check that. Maybe not. But– Wow. This totally unrestful Thanksgiving break was full of Home Depot and painting and cleaning and rehearsing and LOAD IN! That’s right. My little company, Anthem Theatre Company, is in the midst of […]

Je vous presente: The Multifaceted Artists of CocoRosie, Bianca and Sierra Casady (watch the videos)

Early in October, I spontaneously went to a CocoRosie concert at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston.  With only a hunch that I’d like their music, I frantically called my musical genius brother, Ryan, to get his advice and he said I should absolutely go.  So, I went.  And thank the gods I did. CocoRosie […]

We Need Them. They Need Us. Where’s the Problem?

Reading the blog this week, I was struck by something that one of my fellow classmates, Rachel Rees, said in her post, “They need it more than we do.” She argued that the members of CFA should share their art with the larger university because the larger university is in need of the type of […]

Working With Mistakes

I’m a recovering perfectionist. I have a phobia of mistakes and want everything to go perfectly, and without conflict. But that’s not how creative processes work, and that’s a good thing. As my fellow blogger Jackie points out, it is the nature of life, especially a life in theatre, to be full of new situations […]

Who knew make-believe could be so useful?!

Every so often I get asked how I found my way into the world of theatre; and every time I questions what they mean by “world of theatre”. When I three I used to dress up in tutus, cowboy hats and fairy wings–does that count? Or how about when I was in kindergarten and my […]

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 […]

You call yourself a professional? (Maybe you should.)

This insightful blog post by Melissa Hillman has defined perfectly, for me, what being a “professional” means for the artist.  Or rather, that the word “professional” itself can be used to describe me, despite what my paycheck may say at any given point. I am sure every theatre artist has had this experience at some time or other in […]