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May 12, 2013

Sunday Roundup – May 12

Mother’s Day! It is whatever it means to you.

Last week – posters got designed and press releases went out and the Moose charged and ideas were hatched and will be nurtured. What else?

Goodbye Galas, Outside the Arts Box and The Critic Stumbles

What Is Your Goal?

It’s Our Anniversary!

Here’s a couple bonus articles for a Sunday read:

How theatres can make everyone fight for the arts
“But the approach – which sees itself as a movement, not a campaign – is a smart way forward in more ways than one. For a start, it changes the tone of a debate that often seems stuck in the confrontational positions and slanging matches between artists and politicians of the 80s as a result of arts cuts. It repositions the debate in a place where dialogue can remain open and ongoing between those working in the arts and those running the country. The coalition will not be in power for ever, so the conversation must be with every political party, and it has to be ongoing, not just taking place when threats to funding are imminent.”

and

Your manifesto, your culture
“It’s easy to write something like this (hey, even the TSA has one) but it’s incredibly difficult to live one, because it requires difficult choices and the willingness to own the outcome of your actions. If you’re going to permit loopholes, wiggle room and deniability, don’t even bother.”

April 12, 2013

Rainy Friday

imagesWow. Pouring – it’s been all the weather out there these past couple of days. It’s a read and think kind of day. Although I must mention first off I had the pleasure of speaking to a class at Quest Alternative School this week on career options – for some reason I assumed they were in grade nine or ten – instead they were in grades seven and eight and bright and funny and smart. Joy to talk with them I have now added  Zayn Malik to my overall knowledge of One Direction, as well as Perrie Edwards, the purple haired girl from the girl version of OD he’s apparently marrying/not marrying.
Client Updates! I’m pleased to report that I’m working with two new clients Atrium Theatre for a conceptual piece based on Max Freisch‘s Mein Name sei Gantenbein, also known as A Wilderness of Mirrors. We laughed as we realized that it was a Swiss play, performed by Russian actors, with a Canadian company, in a Canadian venue, namely the Cameron House. If people ask, “what are Canadian stories?” I’d say this is one of them. Details coming, it’s in June.

Secondly I’m working with Wordsmyth Theatre on their production of The Dumbwaiter, which is a play I’m quite familiar with. That’s in late May and June.

Rehearsals began last week for The Charge of The Expormidable Moose – I was at first read through and there are some amazing actors in that piece – looking forward to it. That’s in May as well. And don’t forget Sister Mary’s a Dyke with Cahoots, who are a delight to work with as well. And of course there’s always the Fringe, with Wiggly Dolly’s production of There’s Always You.

Busy. Not insanely cult of busy for the sake of it busy, but I am liking what my clients are doing these days, they are running the full gamut of theatre.

I saw this earlier in the week and I think it’s lovely, it makes me think of the murmur project. New York City Phone Booths to be Converted to Time Machines

And over at the Creative Trust blog/website, Jini has written a great article on data and its power to tell stories. And because I always like going waaay back to find the origin of things (see 99 Twethese) I love this article as well: A Brief History of Applause.  clapping was formalized — in Western culture, at least — in the theater. “Plaudits” (the word comes from the Latin “to strike,” and also “to explode”) were the common way of ending a play. At the close of the performance, the chief actor would yell, “Valete et plaudite!” (“Goodbye and applause!”) — thus signaling to the audience, in the subtle manner preferred by centuries of thespians, that it was time to give praise. And thus turning himself into, ostensibly, one of the world’s first human applause signs.”

Stay dry. It’s almost the weekend.

 

March 24, 2013

Sunday Roundup March 24

Show five of five in a row opened this week – head up to the Toronto Centre for the Arts because The Whipping Man is now open!

Last week – a lot of travelling outside of my downtown core – North York, East York and via phone to Port Hope. A lot of teaching as well with the CDAM folks at Ryerson and the media students at Sir Oliver Mowat High School. A great week.

What Should You Write About? good article for bloggers new and seasoned.

You Should Nominate Someone! And Two Days of Guest Speaking Dora Ancillary Award Nominations due April 1 and I head to Sir Oliver Mowat

More Guest Speaking, On Flexibility and The Whipping Man Opens Tonight! The two post referenced here on flexibility are still making me think.

Job Opps, Job Descriptions and Things on your Timeline Cahoots is hiring!

Speaking of Cahoots, off to a design meeting today for Sister Mary’s a Dyke, and had a great meeting Friday with One Little Goat about The Charge of the Expormidable Moose. Looking forward to both these shows.

Have a great week!

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