Make voyages! Attempt them! There's nothing else...
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, from his play Camino Real
Welcome to The Workroom! I've always longed for the ideal creative space...an actual place where I could go to work on a role, think, write, dream...
...walls to scribble on, paste, paint, collage. Costume pieces. Persian rugs on polished cement à la Peter Brook. Good paper, sharp pencils. Dylan & Chopin. A high ceiling (--a pair of large, feathered wings!) A trampoline. A view of the sea.
My virtual Workroom aspires to the same. It's for the purist in all of us -- a space to live in our full potential as artists. Here I'm creating / curating / writing about the high-altitude stuff. What makes for great work? How do we stay true to our vision & connected to our values? How does what we do make a difference in the world? I come down to earth occasionally for things like audition skills & career management, but always in relation to our primal creative aspirations.
I'm also writing about theater art & management ideas & best practices. Curating links that help cultivate the muse. Offering classes & coaching for actors & consulting for small theaters. I want to use this space to learn, listen & awaken new possibilities for growth in myself & in you. I want to challenge me & you to relentlessly strive to improve what we do & how we do it.
I wear a lot of hats, which = diverse perspectives. My strength = making connections: between a play & an audience, a text & a vision, between who you are in the work & who you can become. My goal = to create insightful, relevant content that emboldens you to claim all your promise as an artist.
THE WORKROOM, my home page, is where my "inspiration stream" lives. (...hate the "blog" word). I write a new post every week or so. Subscribe by email or RSS. Make a comment, start a conversation, respond. For me, the artist's response, whatever the topic, is the touchstone. Sharing that response starts collaboration & community.
I want to take risks here. Upset the status quo. Challenge myself to stay on the tough stuff & the true stuff. No topic is off-limits & rest assured I intend to write about all of it. I'll share what I know from working with hundreds of artists in all different ways & what I know from my gut. I'll go to frequently go to the well of my own successes / failures / experiences. Every stone turned.
This is my voyage.