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Become Brilliant at the Basics

In December of 1960, the Green Bay Packers played in the NFL Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles: and lost 17-13. Author David Maraniss, in his best-selling book, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, explains what happened when the team gathered on their first day of training…
Philip Martin
June 22, 2020

Are Small Roles Vital?

There are no small parts, only _______ ________. Do you know that phrase?  It comes from the theater...  "Small Actors" There are no small parts, only small actors. The phrase refers to actors who believe that a particular part in a show is beneath them: too few lines, too little stage-time,…
Philip Martin
March 3, 2020

Setting Expecations

When I direct a show I hand each of my actors two sheets of paper.  The first has a list of goals and deadlines, and the second covers my expectations for the company.  That second sheet is a bulleted list of behaviors and attitudes that are expected throughout the production.…
Phil Martin
February 23, 2017
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Fun is Universal

People all over the world love to smile, laugh, giggle, tickle, fist-bump, high-five, fanny-pat and just have a good time. They do it by playing cards, going to the movies to see La La Land or Hidden Figures, grabbing their guitars and belting out a chorus of “Kumbaya,” or running…
Phil Martin
January 24, 2017
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Taking Care Of Your Instrument

To get the most fun out of a performance, you need your instrument to be working at its optimum—tuned up and ready to go. But what is your instrument? We understand that musicians have instruments: trumpets, violins, guitars. Those are the tools of their trade. They make music and their…
Phil Martin
January 10, 2017