Everyone’s A Critic
“Everyone’s a Critic” (Co-written with Doug Cooney and Morgan Greene), Feature Article, TYA Today (Fall 2014): 8-13
Looks at the role of theatre criticism in TYA, from the perspectives of both the artists and the critics.
Let’s Talk About Sex
“Picture a darkened theatre filled with an audience of both children and adults. When the lights come up the audience sees a gigantic balloon of a nude woman that almost fills the stage. As music builds, this mother figure gives birth to the characters who will then share a story through movement, sound, and no real words.”
Creativity and Leadership
“Creativity and Leadership,” Listen Magazine, March, 2008: 20-21.
You like writing, painting, acting, or playing an instrument but it seems like all the people around you prefer partying, dating, sports, and shopping. Does that mean you’re weird? Destined to be alone and always different? No! It means that you have skills, talent, and a creative way of looking at life that you can use to change the world!
“Everybody hates me,” Julia says in a drama workshop at G.O.A.L, (Girl’s Opportunities through Arts Leadership). Why would she say that, I ask myself? She makes interesting choices in her improvisations, including playing a person with multiple personalities. In a writing exercise, she creates her version of a Japanese anime with a gruesome sword fight. Someday, I believe, she is going to be a great writer.
Fear No Audience
“Fear No Audience,” Listen Magazine, February, 2007: 22-23.
You worked on your presentation all night. It’s good, you think. You take a step toward the front of the class, and suddenly your legs are spaghetti. Your hands feel clammy, your stomach turns somersaults, and your heart pounds loudly. You are convinced that you are about to make a complete fool of yourself. You have stage fright.
Everyone has to speak in front of others at some point in his/her life. Even the most experienced performers, young and old, can get nervous. Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, described a mid-career experience with stage fright: “[I was] unable to say the lines, unable even to walk offstage, I longed for the proverbial trapdoor to open and release me [. . .].”
If even professional actors can get it, how can you deal with stage fright?
In Search of the Performance
“In Search of the Performance, Hålogaland Theatre, Norway.” TYA Today. 13 (2000): 12-13.
I went into my first show at the ASSITEJ World Congress not knowing what to expect. Before the show, the audience members sat around talking to each other, just as we do in the United States. However, the show began a little differently then I expected. The lights did not dim, and no curtain was raised. Instead a man walked onto the stage and began vacuuming. Eventually we noticed him and he noticed us. . . .