The beautiful community of community theatre

Last weekend I had the distinct pleasure of adjudicating the American Association of Community Theatre‘s (AACT) Festival at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Atlanta.  While I have participated in community theatre in various locations since I was 5 years old, I didn’t know there was a competition until I was asked if I might be […]

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Analyzing the intrinsic impact of theatre on audiences

I was thrilled to read this post by Clay Lord at Theatre Bay Area! (thanks for pointing me to it, Thomas Cott!)  What Theatre Bay Area, WolfBrown, and their partners are doing has the potential to change the way we talk about who we are and what we do. In the beginning the theatre industry […]

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Rethink who you consider potential partners

Did anyone else get the ArtsJournal digest email yesterday and read this article from The LA Times and this article from The NY Times back-to-back?  Am I the only one that thought the Wooster Group / Baryshnikov alliance is just the opportunity to provide exciting programming that McNulty found lacking in L.A.’s larger institutions?  What […]

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Board governance is not for the faint of heart

I just have to say, first of all, that I LOVE the Blue Avocado and You’ve Cott Mail emails.  They are always insightful, useful, and get my brain jumpstarted in the morning.  If you don’t already receive them, click the links and get started. It was an article asking “Who is Responsible for the Board […]

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Theatre critics: are they essential?

A week ago Variety caused an uproar in the arts community by firing chief theatre critic David Rooney and chief film critic Todd McCarthy.  David Cote, writing for the Guardian, went as far as to say, “eliminate critics at your peril.”  My question is, are we upset because this trend is going to cause the general […]

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Strategic Planning: the time is now

I’ve had a lot of conversations lately about strategic planning and how no one has been doing any because of the economic realities we are facing.  The problem with this is that it is precisely during times of economic uncertainty and hardship that we need our long-term plans.  We cannot expect our patrons and donors to […]

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Michael Kaiser is also the definition of responsive

I had a whole plan for my post today and then Michael Kaiser went and replied to my email in less than 24 hours!  That, my friends is the definition of responsive.  This man is running the nation’s capitol’s performing arts center, courting donors, blogging for The Huffington Post, and touring the nation to talk to […]

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