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August 3, 2020

Do Not Move

Your big idea is waiting on you.  You might have the greatest idea the world will ever see, but if you do not act on it, what good is it? You might have a vision—a dream— that could change the world, but if you are not willing to share it…
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July 17, 2020

How to get the BEST input from your team

  On the first day of rehearsal I stand in front of the assembled group of talented and diverse actors and crew.  Each has their own strengths, weaknesses, methods, and idiosyncrasies.  My job, my responsibility as the director, is to mold the group of individuals into a high functioning cohesive…
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June 22, 2020

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…
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April 30, 2020

Plans Change – 6 Ways to Find Opportunity During Uncertain Times

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net During the Great Plague of London in 1665, Isaac Newton decided that he should leave his studies at Trinity College in Cambridge and head to his family farm roughly 60 miles away. Here, far from the horrors besieging the big city, Newton placed…
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April 9, 2020

This Is Why We Rehearse – 5 Major Lessons Taught Through Practice

  I was pushed out on stage.  I couldn't remember my lines... or even what play we were doing.  The lights were bright and it was a packed house.  As I stumbled through my placement and fumble through my first line I realized something terrible; I didn't even have a…
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February 14, 2020

Tonight Is The Hardest Performance

When you are involved in a stage play, after six weeks of rehearsal, the company is ready for the audience to arrive, the curtain to rise, and the actors to take the stage. They are hyped for the magic of opening night. As the cast and crew wait backstage, watching…
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January 23, 2020

Disney Wouldn’t Change… and They Won!

Authenticity: Isn’t that something we all strive for? To be true to ourselves? To be honest and open with others? And yet, isn’t it where we often fall short, trying to please too many people, making decisions based on how others might feel and not on how we feel? How…
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January 8, 2020

Three Simple Rules For Success from Tom Hanks

  Here's another reason to love Tom Hanks: as if we needed another one. On January 6, at the 2020 Golden Globes, Hanks received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Certainly, a well-deserved honor, having given us such marvelous movies as Splash, Big,…
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June 24, 2019

Rodgers and Hammerstein reshape the modern musical by taking risks

In 1943, two of Broadway’s elite, composer Richard Rodgers and librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, got together to write a new kind of musical. They were tired of the haphazard way musicals were being put together: hire a couple of stars, surround them with a large chorus of beautiful…
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June 20, 2019

6 Ways Great Directors Serve the Theatre

My theatre life can best be termed eclectic, and I mean that in the most positive way. Over my 35-year career I have worked on a wide variety of productions with a wide assortment of organizations. The biggest benefit to such a broad education is that I gained an abundance…
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