Take Care of the Room
One of my favorite parts about working on my MFA Project Play How to Hide Your Monster is the chance to create with four women who are as invested in the way we're working together as we are on the play. Director Jaime Nebeker's attentiveness to the cast, her consistent checking into the emotional temperature of the room and our collective awareness of our need to take care of ourselves during this challenging play is rewarding in several ways. It's making the play better, our connection stronger as a company and the duration of our energy more likely to last.
The more we as theater makers are in tune with who we are and where we are each moment -- physically, emotionally, mentally -- and how we're relating to each other in the room as whole people, not just coworkers/collaborators/colleagues, the better* the work will be, the more invested we'll all be, and the more we can continue along on this very difficult road pursuing a life in the arts. Thank you, Jaime, Jennifer, Jodeen and Sasha, for helping create a generous and mindful culture in the rehearsal space for this play. It's wonderful to make magic with you phenomenal women.
Better = more balanced and sustainable, as well as productive.
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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: