Speaking Up to Move Forward
One thing that takes some learning for me as a teaching artist, workshop leader and sometimes-director is how to step in boldly and say what I think, as though what I say is the right answer. I'm more interested in a collaborative process than a dictatorial one. There are several right answers. I'm always conscious of the truth that others in the class or rehearsal will have as good or better of an idea as the one I propose.
Looking through theater and art history, some of my favorite works caused conflict, walkouts and polarizing responses in their audiences, or were outright hated at first. With this piece, I know the work is good, or at least that I love it and my director, production team (and much/all? of my cast now) is behind it.
I'm interested in seeing what audiences think, but as a writer I'm starting to trust my instincts, make bold choices and speak up for what I need my play or piece to say and do. Yes I'm writing for an audience, but I'm not writing to entertain or placate, and I'm also writing for me.
These are good growing pains.
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Process notes on a work in progress (me). This mostly contains raw rough content pulled out of practice notebooks. Occasional posts also invite you into the way I work, with intermittent notes on the hows and whys on the whats I make. Less often you may also find prompts and processes I've brought to workshops, as well as surveys that help me gather material for projects. Similar earlier posts from years ago can be found on: