Changing the Code: Think about the theatre problem in a metaphor

Hamlet: ….Why, then ’tis none to you; for there is nothing either good
or bad but thinking  makes it so. To me it is a prison.

And so it goes for me and maybe you. I am stuck and I think Hamlet had it right. It’s those stories you make up in your head to explain to your ego why you feel so bad about something – that often… Continue reading

What does stage managing have to do with keeping bunnies?

Why aren’t my bunnies getting along? Who is the alpha bunny? The one who is bunniechewing up my couch and is a Mean Girl bunny to my other, sweet Buttons? Or sweet Buttons for staying out of Snap’s way.

I realized, from an incident in my stage managing experience, that the Alpha Bunny needs to be me. I have to… Continue reading

What do you do when you have too much to do? Part II

I started listing my problems in the last post, “What do you do when you have too much to do?” and promised I’d tell you how I dealt with them.

Here’s a day in my life: Pick up the new bunny – a two-hour drive across the state to get a little cutie to be a bunny buddy to my Buttons. Need time – days, weeks, months, however… Continue reading

What do you do when you have too much to do? Part I

School is back on again. Too soon for some of you. There are preparations: clothes, books, supplies to buy; summer friends and flirtations to say goodbye to; start on that reading list you neglected all summer; find a way to pretend that none of this even makes you break a sweat.

I feel you.

So here’s what I’ve got going. It’s all happening at the same, hence my… Continue reading

The artistic stage manager

SM1I have recently gotten involved with a local community theatre and find myself doing theatre from many angles: I am acting in a readers theatre production of The Importance of Being Ernest, adapting, writing, directing, and acting in a two-person a reminiscence of Maya Angelou. I am also stage managing a main stage production.

Stage managing, I always say, is… Continue reading

Modeling can be a form of acting

I watch ANTM. Yes, I do, and though I fast forward through all the tiffs and angst brought about by so many young women living in the same house, vying for the distinction of becoming America’s Next Top Model, I learn a lot about what it takes to rise above all that and become a performing artist.

I do think modeling can be a performing art and one that… Continue reading


It is summer and I’m doing what I’ve been preaching. I always urge you to do something toward your theatre goals and not waste all that time just hanging out. So this summer I got involved with my community theatre so I can have first-hand knowledge again of what it is like to produce live theatre. And oh, boy, are we producing!

No shows are scheduled for the summer… Continue reading

Theatre is a business

It may come as a surprise that I sometimes talk about theatre as a business. If you are interested in pursuing theatre and have already taken theatre classes, they most likely emphasized the creative and artistic side. All very good, but even the most creative and artistic people eventually have to make business decisions and when are hired to perform and find themselves having to fit into a reporting structure… Continue reading

Judgment: withhold it, please

I saw a very good community theatre production of Urinetown last night. So already some of you are turned off. I mean, who names a musical “Urintown?” and expect to get a nice, affluent, middle-class, middle-of-the-political-spectrum audience?

So I went and thought I’d withhold judgment. But there is was: a musical all about fighting for the freedom to pee. Good grief. Two hours of trying to pee? My worst… Continue reading

Hit record

For a while now, I have been working on a pet project: online coursework for high school performing arts classrooms. It would reverse the classroom model: Students would take the core part of the class on their own time and online, but would use scheduled class time to work with the teacher and each other on projects that would reinforce what they were learning.