Panels And Post Show Discussions

Conversations around performances and events really can enhance the experience for people, but making it an effective and enjoyable experience can take some preparation and discipline. One of my favorite pieces on the practice was written for HowlRound by Brant Russell reflecting on his experience leading the discussions at Steppenwolf Theatre. He presented 11-ish rules that were basically aimed at having the moderator employ the lightest touch while also keeping the discussion away from questions like “how did you memorize all those lines?” He counsels directors to stay away because they are … Read more

If You’re Using Slack And Need Project Management Functionality, You Need Workast

One of the best trends in software and app development is the rise of offerings designed to integrate with other platforms as opposed to starting life as standalone offering. Case in point: Workast, a project and task management app designed to integrate seamlessly into Slack. If you aren’t already familiar with Slack, it’s a communication and collaboration platform that is simply fabulous. If you need a way to communicate with team members in the same office or across different countries, this is the tool you should be using. We’ll be taking a … Read more

Preparing For A Kiss Like An Eviscerating Slash – As Boringly As Possible

A recent development in theater, television and film performance, in terms of theory and practice, is the role of intimacy director. There was a video on The Atlantic which frames it as emerging out of a recognition that performance situations were being used to provide a veneer of legitimacy to sexual assault. I don’t think anyone questions that it is of paramount concern to safeguard the physical, emotional and mental well-being of performers, but it is important not to think of intimacy direction as a concession to recent social and political trends. … Read more

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