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
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Setting C.L.E.A.R. Goals

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. —Yogi Berra One of the most important factors in determining your ultimate success is that you know where you’re heading—where you want to end up. To do this, you need goals, realistic goals, both short-term and long-term,…
Phil Martin
December 10, 2016
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UW Football Prepares and Has Fun

  Living in Wisconsin for the past 21 years, I have learned to embrace (and enjoy) the University of Wisconsin and their many great sports teams—along with being a fine educational institution. This past weekend our UW Badgers played the Nebraska Cornhuskers; a top-ten, Big Ten college football team. In…
Phil Martin
November 4, 2016