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The Gift of Rejection

It was Sunday morning when I got to know Jim Gaffigan.  Well… I got to know him by reading the Parade Magazine in our local paper.  I already knew that Jim (we’ll use a first name basis) was both hilarious and likable, but I found out that he’s quite insightful…
Philip Martin
August 13, 2020
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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…
Philip Martin
August 3, 2020
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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…
Philip Martin
July 17, 2020
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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